Sreesanth losing sympathy among fellow Keralites

May 18, 2013, 02:01 IST | IANS

In just 24 hours of S Sreesanth's arrest for spot fixing, the initial shock and allround disbelief has gone out of the window and more and more people in his home state appear to be turning away from the temperamental fast bowler.

By late Thursday evening, angry people got together at a few places in his home town here and burnt his pictures. They felt Sreesanth had cheated them even after they treated him as a superstar.

Early yesterday morning, the main point of discussion at a ground which Sreesanth as a budding player frequented was about the controversial
cricketer. “First, we could not believe if this was true, but by evening after the press conference of the Delhi Police, it was clear that Sreesanth is guilty,” said a footballer.

A budding cricketer said that initially it appeared Sreesanth was innocent and that because of his volatile behaviour he fell prey to trouble-makers.  “Now things appear different and the benefit of doubt is not going to be there for him with clear cut evidence Delhi police have obtained against him. If he is guilty, he should be punished,” said the young cricketer.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy played with a straight bat when faced with the Sreesanth issue and said it was unfortunate that Sreesanth's name had come up in the scandal. “Sreesanth was the pride of our state and if he comes out clean out of the investigation, then it would be good news for Kerala,” said Chandy.

Sreesanth’s father sorry
Sreesanth’s father also got it all wrong when he slammed Indian captain MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh for his son’s ordeal. He, however, quickly retracted what he said and tendered an apology to the India cricketers, explaining that his outburst was out of distress. In the Kerala capital city, from where teenage sensation Sanju Samson hails, Sreesanth’s act has caused anguish. Incidentally, Sanju also was bought by Sreesanth’s IPL team Rajasthan Royals.

Speaking to IANS, Sanju Samson’s father, a former Delhi Police constable who took voluntary retirement for promoting his two sons' cricketing ambitions, is crestfallen after hearing the news on Sreesanth. “From yesterday morning, I was praying that the news on Sreesanth should not be true but when I saw the press conference conducted by Delhi Police, which is my former employer, I knew that Sreesanth was in trouble,” said Sanju’s father Samson Viswanath. 

Kerala lottery drops Sreesanth from ad
The Kerala government yesterday decided to drop the state lotteries’ advertisement featuring fast bowler S Sreesanth. “With the case now being registered, it has been decided to drop the advertisement that features Sreesanth,” State Finance Minister KM Mani said.

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