Harbhajan Singh says he is embarrassed by slapgate incident involving Sreesanth | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has apologized to S. Sreesanth for the ‘slapgate’ incident which occurred during the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008.
Harbhajan was leading Mumbai Indians in the game against Kings XI Punjab (Punjab Kings) in the absence of regular skipper Sachin Tendulkar. The off-spinner grew agitated over Sreesanth’s aggressive dispatch to an MI batter and expressed his anger when the Kerala bowler ran into him late in the match, which Punjab won by 66 points to Mohali.
People who watched the incident live were shocked to see footage of an emotional Sreesanth breaking down after being slapped by Harbhajan.
Harbhajan joined Sreesanth in a video chat with cricket presenter Vikram Sathaye on Glance LIVE Fest on Saturday, and revealed how “embarrassed” he felt about the incident.
“What happened was wrong. I made a mistake. Because of me, my teammate had to deal with embarrassment. I was embarrassed. If I had to correct a mistake, that was the way which I dealt with Sreesanth on the pitch. It shouldn’t have happened. When I think about it, I think it was unnecessary,” Harbhajan said.
Both cricketers went on to feature in India’s 2011 World Cup winning squad. Harbhajan has a total of 711 wickets in 367 international matches for India while Sreesanth picked 169 wickets in 90 international matches.



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