Racism in Indian cricket? World Cup winner reveals he was called 'Madrasi' all his life


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Former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth, a member of India's 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup winning team, has made a big revelation. The former India fast bowler, whose birthplace is Kerala, revealed that he was called Madrasi all his life. It is worth noting that Madrasi is a regional slang used to refer to natives or residents of Southern India, primarily Tamil Nadu. Sreesanth made his India debut in October 2005 during an ODI match against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. This fast bowler took 169 wickets while playing in all three formats for India.

“All my life…I can say this. Look at anything below, it was like Bombay Madrasi. I've been listening to it since I was playing under-13 to under-14, under-16 19. Then we had the Kochi (Tuskers Kerala) team and it was like playing for the country again,'' Sreesanth said in 'The Ranveer Show'.

On the same show, Sreesanth revealed that the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala team has not yet been paid their salaries. The former Indian fast bowler was part of the team as a player in the 2011 edition of the IPL. The team was eliminated before the next edition.

“They have to give a lot of money. They still haven't. You should take Muralitharan sir (Muttiah Muralitharan), you should take Mahela (Mahela Jayawardene) and in your show they will only tell you. McCullum was also there, and Sreesanth said, “Jadeja.”

“Please guys, I think BCCI has really paid you. Please pay us…anyway whenever you are paying, remember 18% interest every year. I think till the time I By the time the child gets married, we will definitely get the money.” (laughs) The team was supposed to last three years, and it disbanded in the first year. Even now when players meet, not a single one talks about international cricket, they are talking about it,” he added.

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