Harbhajan Singh Recalls Infamous ‘Slaptgate’ Incident With Sreesanth

New Delhi: The winner of 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup S Sreesanth faced a fair share of controversies during his controversial cricketing career, but ‘Slapgate’ incident in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 involving him and spinner Harbhajan Singh became one of the most infamous incidents of his career.

Back in IPL 2018, Sreesanth, who was then playing for Kings XI Punjab, was slapped by Mumbai Indians (MI) player Harbhajan Singh on the field in a heated moment after which the former was seen crying.

During an exclusive conversation with Glance Live Fest, Harbhajan admitted that he considers slapping Sreesanth a big mistake from his side and that he should have never done that. The off-spinner said that emotion was involved in the game which got the better of him.

“What happened was wrong, it was wrong from my side. I made a mistake. My teammate and I had to face embarrassment. A real man is someone who admits his mistake. If I have to correct one mistake that I made, it was probably that mistake I had with Sreesanth. It should not have happened. If I think about it, I feel there was no need.

“When you are so involved in a game and so emotionally attached, you sometimes don’t realize how you react. Nobody is perfect. We all learn. The best thing is you apologise to the other person with a pure heart, you have done your heart. I cannot really change what happened but all I can say it was my mistake and everyone makes mistakes,” said Harbhajan in a video shared by Glancescreen on Twitter.

Both Sreesanth and Harbhajan had maintained their distance after the incident, but it seems that the two have already buried the hatchet and have become good friends. Even after the unfortunate incident, Harbhajan and Sreesanth played together on multiple occasions. In fact, both star cricketers were part of India’s ICC 2011 World Cup win.