It was a pleasant afternoon for tainted Rajasthan Royals’ bowler S Sreesanth before he was slapped with a life ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
He enjoyed music in the front seat of a white Scorpio en route to the Maurya Sheraton here where the BCCI disciplinary committee meeting was being held. He also spoke and joked with his childhood friends and cousin.
But in the evening, he was a dejected man. “He was very confident and happy. We were having a good time ever since Sreesanth reached here on Thursday night,” Sreesanth’s Delhi based cousin, Pranab, told MiD-DAY.
Since it was an important day for the India fast bowler, his London-based childhood friend Manoj accompanied him to the hotel. “Sreesanth was very normal in the car. He was having fun and didn’t talk about the hearing or possible ban at all.
He was the same Sreesanth who we have known all these years — confident and under no pressure,” said a cricketer-friend, who didn’t wish to be named as he will be playing in the forthcoming Ranji Trophy season.
Before proceeding to the hearing, Sreesanth left his white earphones and gold-framed shades in the car. He was the last cricketer among the group to be allowed to give his side of the story. On his return to the car, he preferred the back seat, something which is so fitting in the situation that he finds himself today.