How newspapers reacted to Kieron Pollard-Mitchell Starc spat
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Could have been named the Big Fight Club. The fact that such a spat took place between two reputed international cricketers, drew more criticism and attention
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 witnessed an ugly incident as Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc almost came to close to hitting each other during the Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match. Here’s how some of the well-known newspapers covered it.
It happened in the 17th over of the MI innings when RCB’s Starc continued with his delivery despite the batsman pulling out of his strike. As the Aussie fired the ball at Pollard, the batsman advanced menacingly towards Starc and flung his willow at the bowler but, luckily, it slipped out of the Trinidadian’s hand and dropped near him.
A fuming Pollard had a word with the umpire complaining about the bowler’s conduct. In the previous ball, after bowling a bouncer that sailed over Pollard’s head, Starc mouthed something which the big-built West Indian simply brushed away with a wave of his hand. Few moments later, Pollard backed out and Starc hurled the ball aiming at Pollard. The furious batsman threw his bat.
After the bat lay on the turf, the two on-field umpires intervened to talk to the two angry players as Chris Gayle, playing for RCB, came on to calm his West Indian teammate.