New Delhi, Jun 14: The sensational Kerala pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth landed in a controversy again, off the field as a co-passenger in a Bangalore-Delhi flight alleged him of boorish behaviour after boarding the aircraft.
It is learnt that the controversy-prone Kerala pacer, yet again was involved in a verbal spat with the flight attendants when asked not to sit near the emergency exit, which was termed as childish argument by the co-passenger.
Due to Co-passenger, TR Ravichandran and others' objection to Sreesanth's behaviour, a delay in the flight's take-off was inevitable.
But Sreesanth denied the allegations and said he was not involved in any conversation with the passenger and knew how to behave in public.
"I am denying any abuse. I have never used any abusive language. I don't think I have used any abusive language in a flight. Secondly, I play for Indian team and I know the rules and how to behave publicly and personally. I try to set the standards," he said.
Ravichandran claimed that the incident took place in the flight S2 4234 from Bangalore to Delhi.
"Sreesanth was alloted seat 29A which incidentally was close to the emergency exit. And as he was sporting an injury, flight attendants requested him to move, albeit temporarily, till take off to ensure that no one is inconvenienced in case of any emergency. Instead of letting the attendants do their job, he got into a childish argument thereby delaying the take off by 15 minutes," Ravichandran was quoted.
"Inspite of four people requesting, he kept insisting he would not move and that he was not injured, he is a sportsman etc. As a fellow passenger, I objected to his boorish behaviour," he added.
The Kerala pacer denied the allegations and said he was totally unaware of it.
"I was with a friend and there were passengers next to me, I don't know why they are complaining. This incident, I am totally unaware of it. I hardly had any conversation with any one of them."
"In fact I was listening to music which I usually do. Using an abusive language in a public place, I will never do that. They said 29A was my seat because it was a full economy flight and I had to travel two and a half hours to Delhi," said Sreesanth.
"On a full economy flight, I asked for that seat so that I could stretch my leg and sit. The moment I came in, they said you can't sit here. That was the conversation I had. i said this is 29A and I deserve to sit here. My friend also said the same thing. That was the only conversation I had.
"The person said that I was not fit. I said I have not asked for a wheelchair. I was about to miss the flight and I ran into the flight," he said.
Sreesanth, who is not a stranger to controversies, has earlier been involved in a couple of episodes, while the infamous slap-gate in the inaugural edition of IPL, the match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at Mohali is remembered even to this day, where Sreesanth was slapped by the turbanator Harbhajan Singh after an altercation.