Gayle on Pollard-Starc spat: 'Not the first and not the last'

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 16:24 [IST]
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Mumbai, May 7: Royal Challengers Bangalore's batsman Chris Gayle has said the on-field spat between Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc was one of those moments and such will keep hapenning in future too.

Last night, there was an ugly on-field clash between RCB bowler Starc and Mumbai Indians' batsman Pollard.

Gayle speaks on Pollard-Starc spat

"It is an intense game. Two teams down and looking to get two points for the team. It is one of those moments. These things happen in cricket. It is not going to be the last for these things to happen in cricket and it is not the first that has happened in cricket also," Gayle said about the incident.

The incident referred to was the hurling of the cricket bat by West Indies all-rounder Pollard at Australian left-arm pacer Starc after the latter delivered the ball to him despite the batsman having backed off from the crease.

It was an ugly incident as Pollard had advanced menacingly at Starc before throwing his bat which, luckily, hit the turf well away from the bowler.

Both players had to be separated by umpires S Ravi and K Srinath and they had a talk with RCB captain Virat Kohli too while Gayle pacified Pollard.

There have been quite a few battles between West Indies players and Australians recently, and asked about the coincidence, Gayle said there is no rivalry as such in IPL as teams have players from both the countries.

"We battle internationally. Pollard has Australians in his team, I have the same. It is just that things go off on a particular day. There is no rivalry when you look at those sort of things. We are in a group so it is a different scenario and it is not international so it is a different scenario," he said without elaborating.

Gayle had performed an angry 'Gangnam Dance' after the Caribbean side's victory over Australia in the T20 World Cup at Bangladesh, in response to Aussie all-rounder James Faulkner's comment that he didn't like the West Indians.

He had earlier told the franchise's website that he is looking forward to do the Gangnam with Yuvraj Singh, and asked if they have danced, he replied on a lighter note, "We haven't performed it as yet. Still keeping up with the leg. Trying to get fit on my dance and Gangnam and then pull another muscle." The 34-year old was in awe of his RCB team mate A B de Villiers and said the South African is spectacular.

"He practices those shots he is capable of doing. He practices hard and makes it look easy. He is spectacular and can score all along the ground. What a player he is! He is very quick on his feet. He makes things much more easier for us and that is more important," he said.

Gayle will play his 100th Test match in a home series against New Zealand next month and the West Indian said it is a big occasion for him and joked that he is only a 100 shy of equalling Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkars record of 200 Test match appearances.

"I am definitely looking forward to that. Especially given a chance that it is going to be at home, so that is a big occasion. It is going to be a spectacularly milestone occasion for me to get past the 100 Test match and just another 100 to go to catch up with Sachin. So I am not too far away to catch up Sachin to 200 Test match," he said.

Asked if he could play 200 Test matches, Gayle replied, "Oh yes. I am going to play 201 Test matches." The all-rounder is a football fan and said he is rooting for hosts Brazil at the World Cup this year. "I am a Brazil fan. I am a Man U (Manchester United fan), I am a Cristiano Ronaldo fan as well, so I support Real Madrid at times," he said.

The World Cup is slated to be held from June 12 to July 13. Two children each from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore will head to Sao Paulo to see a round of 16 match at the Mecca of football, as part of the adidas Fifa flagbearers programme.


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