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IPL 2017's first controversy: Pollard in Twitter outburst against Sanjay Manjrekar

India Today logo India Today 10-04-2017

West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard slammed former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar for calling him 'brainless' while commentating during Mumbai Indans' Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. However, Manjrekar may not have even uttered the word 'brainless'. It seems Pollard lashed out at the commentator without being entirely certain of what was actually said.

Pollard came out to bat at No.6 on Sunday with MI at 74/3 after the dismissal of captain Rohit Sharma and managed to score only 17. He was caught by Rishi Dhawan off a Chris Woakes delivery, chasing a total of 179.

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Manjerekar commentating on Pollard's dismissal said, "When I look at Pollard, I look at him as more a six-seven-overs-left-in-the-innings batsman. Whether he will be able to bat at No 3 and whether he has the versatility to pick up the singles if the boundaries are not coming, does he have the range as a batsman? I don't think so. My view is, maybe six or seven overs left in the innings is the perfect time for Pollard to come in."

However, the West Indian all-rounder either misunderstood Manjrekar's comments or was given a different version of what was said on air.

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Pollard took to Twitter to send a strong worded message to Mangerekar, saying "@sanjaymanjrekar u feel any positive can come out of your mouth bcuz u get pay to talk u can continue with your verbal diarrhea .."

He also tweeted, "Do you know how I get big so.. about BRAINLESS.. words are very powerful .. once it leaves u can't take it back.. sins of parents fall on..." and "U finish that sentence .. !! " in his next tweet.

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Then Pollard tweeted celebrating Mumbai Indians' victory over Kolkata Knight Riders.

Tino Best, Pollard's fellow West Indian, tweeted supporting message, also slamming Sanjay Manjereakar for his comments.

Pollard had come out to bat at seven against Rising Pune Supergiant, scoring 27 off 17 balls studded with three 4s and one 6.

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Pollard might face an awkward moment or two when he next faces Manjrekar. Someone somewhere would have made him aware of the mistake and it is easy to imagine the all-rounder getting a little embarrassed with it all.

However, the West Indian dasher is not new to controversies.

In 2014, Pollard was involved in an ugly on-field spat with former Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mitchell Starc. The two of them had had a go at each other with Pollard even threatening to throw his bat at the left-arm speedster. The very next year, Pollard had taped his mouth in protest after he had been warned over verbal jousting by the umpire.

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