Sreesanth has started facing the ups and downs of a political career. Pictured: Former India test bowler S Sreesanth is taken to a court by police personnel in New Delhi in 2013 in connection with the IPL spot fixing scandalReuters

Former India cricketer S Sreesanth found himself in the eye of a storm on Tuesday, ahead of the Kerala Assembly Elections 2016, which he is contesting from the Thiruvananthapuram seat on a BJP ticket. A day after being criticised on Twitter for calling Kerala a "city," the former ICC World T20 winner with India in 2007 saw himself embroiled in a Twitter spat with senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

The former Rajasthan Royals pacer had received a massive reprieve last year after the Delhi High Court announced dropping the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case of 2013 involving him as well as Indian cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

Having taken some months off, he decided to join politics earlier this year.

Sreesanth, who is active on Twitter, came down heavily on Tharoor after the 60-year-old shared the link of a video of the cricketer giving a funny interview. "Should have stuck to his great outswingers! [sic]" wrote Tharoor on Twitter.

The 33-year-old shot back: "@ShashiTharoor I love my party,will surly do everything that my party ask me might be over but Iam still breathing [sic]."

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