This happened during the first edition of the Indian Premier League Image: Twitter
If the unforgettable spot-fixing scandal, Shah Rukh Khan's infamous fight with a security professional at the Wankhede Stadium and Lalit Modi's ouster form the bedrock of IPL controversies, then Harbhajan Singh slapping S Sreesanth is clearly the cherry on the cake.
On April 25, 2008, Kings XI Punjab played Mumbai Indians at home. KXIP were captained by Yuvraj Singh, and Bhajji was spearheading MI. But who knew that the battle between the two 'kings of the north' would culminate into Sreesanth reportedly getting slapped at the Punjab Cricket Association's IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
This happened when the match had ended in KXIP's favour. Yuvraj's side had won the match by a convincing 66-run margin. Harbhajan, who was obviously miffed because the Mumbai Indians couldn't chase a 183-run target, ended up venting it all out by slapping Sreesanth.
Soon after this incident, there were several conspiracy theories doing the rounds. But in an interview, Harbhajan cleared the air and said, "Usne nautanki bahot kar di actually. Wo meri galti thi jo harkat ki maine ground pe, I have said in many interviews that there are many things which I have done wrong in my life and I have learnt from them. That incident with Sreesanth is one where I was wrong. I am emabarrased about it as well. But he started crying as if I had slapped him very hard. That was not the case. But that was one incident where everybody will say that I was wrong. I will say again that I am sorry and I shouldn't have done it."
Then Sreesanth also opened up on the incident about infamous chapter in Indian Premier League history. He said he had never thought that Bhajji will ever slap him.
Here's some more dope on the incident. Safe to say all's well between the both of them.
10 years on, Sreesanth has been banned from cricket for being involved in the infamous spot-fixing scandal in 2013. And Bhajji has now moved from Mumbai Indians to Chennai Super Kings, back under MS Dhoni's stewardship.