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Twitter Trolls Commentator For Calling Pollard 'Brainless'

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Looks like cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar may actually have done Mumbai Indians a favour. His less-than-charitable comments about West Indian Kieron Pollard's batting abilities were like waving a red rag to a bull. First, Pollard took to Twitter to fire a salvo at Manjrekar.

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Then he turned his attention towards Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), smashing them to a pulp to pave the way for an MI win. Manjrekar, who is part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) commentary team, went on air to suggest that Pollard is not a good enough a player to bat higher up the order and he is not more than a 5-6 overs player.

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"Pollard does not have the brains to play early in the innings," Manjrekar added and this irked the Mumbai Indians batsman, who took to twitter to vent out his anger.

Pollard, in reply tagged Manjrekar in his tweet and blasted him for his comments. "@sanjaymanjrekar u feel any positive can come out of your mouth bcuz u get pay to talk u can continue with your verbal diarrhea (sic)," Pollard tweeted.

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He followed it up with a couple of more tweets where he was seen congratulating the Pandya brothers for their brilliant performance.

The action then shifted to the MI-SRH match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday and Twitter came alive with an assortment of comments including one that said that Pollard was seeing Manjrekar's face in the cricket ball as he destroyed RCB.

Manjrekar's co-commentator Ravi Shastri asked him on air if he had spoken to Pollard since the Twitter battle.

"Kept a safe distance. Couple of security guards outside the commentary box as well," Manjrekar responded.

"That was a shocker. The compliment that he paid me just came out of nowhere," concluded Manjrekar.

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