New Delhi: Temperamental pacer S. Sreesanth on Wednesday landed in a controversy when a co-passenger in a Bangalore-Delhi flight alleged him of 'boorish behaviour' on board the aircraft.

The co-passenger, T.R. Ravichandran alleged that Sreesanth got into a 'childish argument' with flight attendants when he was asked not to sit near the emergency exit. Ravichandran said other passengers, including himself, objected to Sreesanth's behaviour which led to delay in take-off of the flight.

However, Sree was however quick to make his stand clear. Talking to DC, Sreesanth said: “I have been staying away from controversies for the last three years and again I have not caused any issues now.”

“The allegation that I misbehaved is not at all right. When my co-passenger abused a boy who helped me move my luggage, I intervened. I said ‘Uncle, leave him alone, take it easy’, but he responded in a rude manner,” the World Cup winner quipped.

“I don’t care who the hell you are, I know you are a jobless kid,” was that person’s reaction, Sree added.

Ravichandran claimed that the incident took place in 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 as saying in a letter to a news channel.

"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.

Sreesanth said: "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.

No stranger to controversies, Sreesanth was involved in the infamous slap-gate in a 2008 IPL match at Mohali where he was slapped by then fellow India teammate Harbhajan Singh after an altercation.

Sree, who is keenly followed in Twitter, also made a statement in the social network. He wrote: “I don't even know the other person. He was just irritated by the fact that I called him ‘Uncle’ don’t abuse the boy (who helped me with bag).”

“I feel disturbed when I see or hear a poor person who is working hard to earn a living for his family being ill treated, he is a human being” Sree clarified.


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