What he said:
“All I wanted to do was go to Scotland, study, settle there and marry a blonde.”
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth admits that he was never interested in politics when he was young.
The banned fast bowler turned politician is standing for elections to the Kerala State Assembly on a BJP ticket.
“When I was younger, I was not interested in politics or even knowing about the ruling party. All I wanted to do was go to Scotland, study, settle there and marry a blonde.But my life changed because I decided to stay back.”
Sreesanth’s father was a Communist leader.
On questioned if politics is merely a shortcut to return to cricket, the ex-cricketer replied:
“My decision to join politics has nothing to do with my personal life. The first time I was asked to contest (from Madhya Pradesh) was two years ago when I had just gotten married. So if I wanted a shortcut, I could have done that back then. I haven’t even spoken to Anurag Thakur yet. Even after being given a clean chit by the court, I was told very clearly that the (BCCI life) ban will remain. I am not someone who looks for favours — in fact, I was not even the most liked player by my captains.”
Power is what draws him to this game of Russian roulette.
“Power is everything. But there was no support till I won the (match-fixing) case.If I can change somebody’s life with a bit of power and help from the government, that’s the best gift I can give someone. I am done with the game……I am putting it on hold for now.”
What he really meant:
“Life was simpler when I was younger. I had simple dreams and Hollywood tastes.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“If I were to do that now, would you term that getting away Scot-free?”