Jaipur, May 21: Did Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid suspect something wrong before the Delhi Police caught hold of pacer Sreesanth and two other players in Mumbai in connection to spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL)?
According to sources in the team, Dravid didn't want to play the bowler in the match against the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on May 9. But still the latter managed to get a game and act as per the bookies' instructions. The medium-pacer didn't find a place in the playing XI in the next match against the Mumbai Indians on May 15.
In fact, Sreesanth was reportedly told by the team that he was no longer a part of the squad due to his increasing tantrums after the May 12 match against the Chennai Super Kings. He was also asked to leave the team hotel, team sources said, adding that the team had cleared large part of the bowler's dues when he was released.
Rajasthan Royals reportedly sacked the bowler before the May 15 game although the former said it was not due to any suspicion over spot-fixing but disciplinary grounds.
Sreesanth was apparently annoyed after being left out of the first XI and reportedly confronted the skipper and demanded his inclusion, saying he was the best medium-pacer in India. Team officials said it looked then as if Sreesanth was frustrated over his exclusion but later they realised that it was more because of the bookies' pressure.
An air of suspicion prevailed around Chandila as well, said team sources.