Press Esc to close
Sunday 01 May 2016
News updated at 3:23 PM IST
Weather
Max: 36.6°C
Min : 24.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Pollard's send-off of Watson an act of cowardice, says Dravid

Mumbai, May 16, 2013 (PTI)
Kieron Pollard: PTI file image

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard's over-the-top celebration to send off Rajasthan Royals batsman Shane Watson in an IPL match here has invited strong criticism from visiting team's skipper Rahul Dravid who termed it as an "act of cowardice".

"One of the things that I find when you send off batsman after you have got him out is that it is an act of cowardice. That is my personal opinion. Batsman can never respond after you have got him out and you send him off," said the former India captain in the post-match media conference last night.

"Saying something on the field is part and parcel of the game. Having a chat, a bit of banter while the game is on is fine but my personal opinion is that when you send a batsman off after you have got him out is an act of cowardice," Dravid said in a strong reaction to the incident at the Wankhede Stadium.

It started when Pollard said something to Watson who had just come out to bat, and a miffed Australian all-rounder retorted leading to a verbal spat. On-field umpires had to intervene and separate the two players before the incident got ugly.

Watson was later caught by Pollard and the West Indian gave the batsman a send-off with his hand gesture after celebrating the dismissal.

Dravid also felt that the umpires could have handled the situation better.
"I guess it was a competitive game. Things can get tough in a T20 game. These things can happen, so I wasn't very surprised. I thought it could have been managed a little bit better. In terms the way the umpires managed it, it could have been managed a lot better. It's the way things are sometimes. Things can get heated in the middle," he said.

The unsavoury episode also invited the ire of the match referee who hauled up the home team skipper Rohit Sharma and the errant fielder in a hearing after the game.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A model walls the ramp at a fashion event in Ludhiana on Saturday...

A model walls the ramp at a fashion event in Ludhiana on Saturday...

A view of the West of Chord road, Rajajinagar 1st block Fly-Over inaugurated by Chief Minister...

A view of the West of Chord road, Rajajinagar 1st block Fly-Over inaugurated by Chief Minister...

Vehicles passing through snow bound Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet, on its way...

Vehicles passing through snow bound Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet, on its way...

An Army jawan stands guard at Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet...

An Army jawan stands guard at Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet...

The first transgander Presiding Officer Ria Sarkar in front of a Polling Station during 5th phase...

The first transgander Presiding Officer Ria Sarkar in front of a Polling Station during 5th phase...

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar pays tribute...

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar pays tribute...

Aircraft of the British aerobatics team Global Stars perform during second day of the the three-day.

Aircraft of the British aerobatics team Global Stars perform during second day of the the three-day.

People are travelling in underground stretch of the Namma Metro between the Mysuru road station...

People are travelling in underground stretch of the Namma Metro between the Mysuru road station...

The high rider-ship was evident as large number of commuters were thronging the station...

The high rider-ship was evident as large number of commuters were thronging the station...

Cricketer Virat Kohli during inauguration of a store in Hyderabad on Friday...

Cricketer Virat Kohli during inauguration of a store in Hyderabad on Friday...