Despite their dramatic history, Harbhajan Singh wishes S Sreesanth’s the best


Former India teammates Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth had a long and complex history, particularly in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After an IPL encounter between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in 2008, Harbhajan famously 'slapped' former India bowler S Sreesanth, which became known as the 'Slapgate.'

Sreesanth has announced his retirement from all aspects of the game, 14 years after that event. The 39-year-old was a member of Kerala's Ranji Trophy team. However, he retired after the first phase of the competition.

Sreesanth, who made his domestic cricket debut in the 2002-03 season, took to Twitter to announce that he is retiring from cricket to make room for the next generation of players.

Today is a challenging day for him, but it is also a day of reflection and thankfulness, Sreesanth stated on his Twitter account on March 9th. Playing for ECC in the Ernakulam district has its own set of challenges. He commented that it has been a great honour to represent Kerala state cricket association, BCCI, Warwickshire County cricket team, Indian airlines cricket team, BCCI, and ICC in league and tournament teams. He added that throughout his 25-year cricket career, he has always strived for success and victory while preparing and training with the highest levels of competition, enthusiasm, and dedication. Sreesanth said that it has been a privilege to represent his family, teammates and the people of India.

Sreesanth further stated that for the sake of the future generation of cricketers, he had decided to retire from first-class cricket. This was Sreesanth’s decision and while he is aware that it will not make him happy, it is an appropriate and honourable course of action at this point of his life. He had treasured every moment of his cricket time.

Harbhajan Singh was one of those who wished Sreesanth luck after seeing his message. Sreesanth thanked his old teammate for his thoughts and answered his former teammate's response.

Sreesanth represented India in 90 international games, taking 169 wickets. He also appeared in 44 IPL matches, claiming 40 wickets before his career was cut short due to certain complications.