“My brother was not slapped by Harbhajan. He was elbowed from the back,” stressed Santhanam.
“Yes, this disclosure has come after five years, but it was made only after the media compared a recent incident (fight between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli) to slapgate. Sreesanth was fed up with slapgate. My brother is a very religious man and will not lie,” added Santhanam, who owns a music shop in Kochi.
Sreesanth’s elder brother, who played the game at school level, was instrumental in making the controversial India cricketer switch from a spinner to a pace bowler. The fast bowler’s family is not discussing the latest controversy with him. “We are not in possession of the audio and have decided not to discuss this issue with him,” Santhanam signed off.