Bangalore, Sep 14: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell once famously said of S Sreesanth as an "accident waiting to happen". Those words came true on Friday the 13th when the paceman's cricket career ended by spot-fixing accident.
Right from the start of his career, Sreesanth had his share of controversies. Often referred to as a temperamental character, the right-arm fast bowler even once dared to confront the great man - Sachin Tendulkar.
During the 2005-06 Challenger Trophy, Sreesanth, after sending down a delivery to Tendulkar, walked down to give him the stare. The Master Blaster put him in place the next ball by smashing it for a six.
Those were the early signs and he continued to get under the skin of opposition players. He often had meetings with match referees for disciplinary hearings and was handed fines and was earlier this year banned from playing.
What ever his on-field antics were, no doubt, Sreesanth was a talented fast bowler. A product of Chennai's MRF Pace Foundation, his mentor TA Sekhar had high praise for the boy seeing the way he held the seam.
"I have not seen anybody bowling with such beautiful seam. The only time I have seen it was when Zaheer was at his peak," were Sekhar's words as MRF Pace Foundation bowling coach for Sreesanth.
All that promise did turn into wickets at the international level. He excelled in South African conditions in 2006 with superb Test bowling. His 5/40 led India to Test win Johannesburg on the tour.
He had run-ins with Michael Vaughan, Andrew Symonds, Kevin Pietersen, Andre Nel and that slap from Harbhajan Singh during 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 30-year-old boasts of two World Cup medals (T20 in 2007 and 50-over in 2011). But those achievements will now be forgotten and he will be remembered for as a spot-fixer. Ironically, his final ODI for India was the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai on April 2.
For an Indian cricket fan, Sreesanth taking the all-important catch in World T20 final which sealed the trophy for MS Dhoni and his men would remain. But that too might vanish with spot-fixing taint.
Off the field, Sreesanth is a religious guy. He is a regular to temples. Even after the life ban, he wrote on his Twitter page, "Plss have faith in me..Iam sure I will prove my innocence soon....I will get through this..I ve full faith ..God is great.."
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said Sreesanth was a waste of talent. Yes. A talented boy from Kerala stepped on to a wrong path and has paid heavily with his cricket career.
Sreesanth and Controversies (2005 to 2013) - A Timeline
Dares Sachin Tendulkar during a Challenger Trophy match in Mohali. He got Tendulkar's wicket in the same game and broke into wild celebrations much to the amusement of the Master Blaster.
Smashes a six off South Africa paceman Andre Nel and breaks into a dance mid-pitch with swirling his bat.
Fined 20 per cent of match fee for sending off Hashim Amla after dismissing him.
Fined 10% for breaching International Cricket Council's advertising logo policy.
Fined 50 per cent of match fee for shoulder-barging England captain Michael Vaughan.
Bowls a beamer at Kevin Pietersen. Heavily criticised for this "deliberate" act (reportedly bowled overstepping nearly 2 feet).
Fined for excessive appealing against Australia during World T20 in South Africa.
Altercation with Australian cricketers during their tour to India. Had confrontation with Andrew Symonds during a ODI as 12th man.
April 25: Slapped by Harbhajan Singh after the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in Mohali. Images of Sreesanth crying after being slapped were all over Television. Harbhajan was banned from that edition of IPL but Sreesanth was warned and let off.
November: Residents complain to police about Sreesanth and his friends' late-night party at his rented apartment in Bangalore.
Warned by BCCI for on-field misbehaviour during Irani Cup. "You are hereby given a final warning to ensure that you do not violate the BCCI Code of Conduct. Any repetition of such behavior will be dealt with severely by the BCCI including suspension from domestic cricket matches," BCCI's letter to Sreesanth.
Warned by Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) after failing to turn up for a training camp. He was named captain by KCA but failed to attend the Ranji Trophy camp.
Fined $9,000 (20 per cent of match fee) for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an IPL match. He clapped at umpire's decision.
Fined 10 per cent of match fee by ICC for "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings". He kicked the boundary rope during a Test match against South Africa.
June: Complaint by co-passengers for "boorish behaviour" by Sreesanth on-board a Bangalore-Delhi flight.
February: Banned for two matches by BCCI for arguing with umpires and abusing Tamil Nadu batsman Dinesh Karthik during the South Zone one day tournament in Goa.
April: Accuses Harbhajan of backstabbing him in slap-gate controversy. Asks BCCI to release the slap-gate video.
May: Arrested during the sixth edition of IPL for alleged role in spot-fixing. He, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan (all Rajasthan Royals) were held by Delhi police in Mumbai.
September 13: BCCI bans Sreesanth for life after finding him guilty of spot-fixing in IPL.