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"Good days" are here again for cricketer turned politician Sreesanth
Anything that you do, we could do it better. Or, at least, we are no different from you when it comes to morality and politics. This is the message of BJP to Congress Party and the nation well as it is recruiting Shresanth to take up the cudgels in the nest election on its behalf in the Land of God - Kerala. You had once got Mohammed Azharuddin on your side, we have now Sreesanth.

If the people are shocked or surprised that BJP that had often boasted in past about corruption-free politics is putting up a person who had been accused of match fixing, a player who had been banned from cricket by BCCI for whole life, then it may be their problem, their contention – none of our worry. We've to win elections. Morality can take a back-seat sometimes.

History of Indian cricket reveals that in South Africa in 2006 Sreesanth was fined 30% of his match fee for "showing a lack of respect" towards batsman Hashim Amla after his dismissal. In 2007, during India's tour of England, he was fined half of his match fee after shoving his shoulder into opposition captain Michael Vaughan. His beamer delivered to Kevin Pietersen in the same series prompted many to question his aggressive tactics.

With a bat in his hand, he was involved in a face-off in 2006 with South African cricketer Andre Nel. Nel bowled several body-line fast deliveries at the Indian cricketer and gestured at his chest. Sreesanth eventually charged out of his crease and hit one into the stands. He then whirled the bat and began a fervent dance on the pitch to mock the bowler.

In 2007, as India were touring Australia, Sreesanth had got into a confrontation with Andrew Symonds. He was found seemingly clapping in the Symond's face upon his dismissal. He was also alleged to have hurled insults at other players during the rest of the series.

In the 2008, he was at the receiving end. During the play of 'Indian Premier League', Sreesanth was reportedly slapped by spin bowler Harbhajan Singh. He later called his former India teammate a "backstabbing person". Sreesanth cried after he was reportedly slapped. It happened when Sreesanth was playing for Kings XI Punjab at that time.

Harbhajan was playing for the Mumbai Indians. Harbhajan Singh was banned for the rest of the tournament, while Sreesanth was let off with a warning after disciplinary proceedings. Sreesanth later denied the incident saying Singh had elbowed him, but never slapped him.

Here is the famous 2013 tweet of Sreesanth "I want the world to c it..Whn I went to shake hands after the match..he had lost it..he had already planned to hit me(elbow me)all his anger (sic)."

Again, only in 2013, Sreesanth and two other players were arrested on suspicion of spot-fixing in the IPL tournament. Police charged the three with taking money to concede a pre-determined number of runs in three different IPL matches. A court had ordered his release on bail the same year. All three bowlers of the Rajasthan Royals team had denied any wrongdoing. They were, however, suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the IPL team. The Delhi Police tried to keep the players in jail, alleging they had a "nexus" with an "organised crime syndicate". Sreesanth was later banned for life on spot-fixing charges.

Visiting a holy shrine later he had claimed to reporters - "I haven't done anything wrong to get accused in the spot fixing case. Some minor lapses might have happened on my side in the past. But I am totally innocent in the present case. I am confident of proving that."

 From the cricket world to dancing stage; from bat and ball to performing arts; from cricket show to 'reality TV show', Sreesanth was ready again to have a brush with dance-judges. He entered into an ugly altercation with celebrity judges Madhuri Dixit, Remo D'Souza and Karan Johar after they pointed out flaws in his dance performance. The enraged cricketer later said that his outburst was because of a back injury and a bad performance which saw him being eliminated from the show.

As the Achche Din knocked his door again, a New Delhi court in 2015 cleared the bowler of spot-fixing. But this time he didn't return to cricket but to political field. After getting approval from BJP top brass, he announced that he was ready to contest in the assembly elections in his home state. Talking to reporters at a media briefing, 33-year-old Sreesanth said his name had been cleared in the spot-fixing case and he was not worried about any opposition attacking him regarding the controversy.

The Cricketer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has been roped in by the BJP and has been named the electoral candidate from capital city Thiruvanathapuram. Yesterday, on twitter witnessed a field day. Here are some of the top tweets of the day:

@aghilnair: Fixing between #Sreesanth & BJP!!! You contest for us; we will save u from the fixing case.

@Ujjwalkumar2001: People who are questioning for #Sreesanth shouldn't forget that Azaharuddin is in Congress and he was also charged for match fixing.

@SahuSKNT: The ultimate destination of jailed person is BJP... #Sreesanth

@tweetproy: #Sreesanth joins BJP. Along with Azhar and other dubious characters, (this) proves that politics is indeed the last refuge of scoundrels.

@Strategist2019: #Sreesanth Next BJP President after Amit Shah. Both have similarities: Court/Case/Bail/Fixing but now I'm missing Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh)

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