Of the three cricketers arrested for spot fixing in this year's IPL, only fast bowler S Sreesanth is well known and most colourful personality. Coming from Kerala, he shot into prominence by becoming only the second person from the state to represent India in cricket.
Among the other two, Ajit Chandila belongs to Haryana, which was once captained by the great Kapil Dev. The third player Ankeet Chavan also comes from illustrious Mumbai team of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar.
Sreesanth: At the age of 22, Sreesanth made his debut against Sri Lanka in a One-Day International at Nagpur Oct 25, 2005. In the mild Indian team he displayed aggression and was part of the Indian team which first won the World Twenty20 in 2007 and then the 50-over World Cup in 2011.
Though only the second player to make to the national team from Kerala, Sreesanth had running battle with the state cricket administrator. Still, he was selected in the India squad when SK Nair, a Keralite, was the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Sreesanth till date has represented the country in 27 Tests (87 wickets), 53 ODIs (75) and 10 T20Is (seven wickets).
Ankeet Chavan: Ankeet Chavan's second over in yesterday's match was perhaps the turning point in the game against Mumbai Indians. Chavan plays for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team and a regular for the last few seasons. For his home team he has taken 53 wickets. The 27-year-old is also a left-handed batsman and has made 571 runs.
In the IPL he plays for the Rajasthan Royals and Chavan was playing eleven in three games, as well as last night's game, which the Rajasthan Royals lost.
In this game against Mumbai Indians, after giving away just two runs in his first over, he bowled two loose deliveries, which were sent for two big sixes by Glenn Maxwell.
Overall, he has taken eight wickets in 13 matches for Rajasthan.
Ajit Chandila: Ajit Chandila is 29-year-old offspinner from Haryana but made his first-class debut in 2010, bit late in India. He works for state-run airlines Air India.
Initially, he was signed by Delhi Daredevils in 2010. Later, he moved to Rajasthan Royals and did pretty well in the last season. He claimed 11 wickets in 12 matches and that includes a hat-trick against Pune Warriors India in 2012.
The spinner was given good exposure by skipper Rahul Dravid. He has claimed the wickets of Sachin Tedulkar, Ricky Ponting, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina.
What is spot fixing
Twenty20 cricket is most suited for spot-fixing. One player can do spot-fixing unlike match-fixing, where several players are involved. A no-ball or a wide ball at crucial time by a bowler will mean loss or win for a team. A batsman can also do spot-fixing by fending off balls without scoring or getting out in death overs to a silly stroke.
Spot-fixing is virtually difficult to detect because of nature of fixing. Betting groups chose particular moments and in the frenzy of short format cricket most of these moments are dismissed as too insignificant.