Mumbai v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Mumbai

Pollard sledges Watson, Dravid is angry

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai

Sidharth Monga

May 15, 2013

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The reaction
You can say you have seen it all now. We have already seen MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis emote in IPL like they never have in their many years of international cricket, but Rahul Dravid had a bigger surprise in store. Given out caught at the wicket when the bowler hadn't even gone up properly, Dravid looked back at the umpire, had a few choice words to say, then walked back shaking his head, and was about to hit something near the dugout but might have realised he was in full public view and held himself back. Never has he been seen reacting like this on a cricket field.

The altercation
This had an air of premeditation and deliberateness to it. When Shane Watson came out to bat, he had Kieron Pollard in his ear. While Watson looked angry, Pollard was seen laughing almost mockingly. The umpires must have found the fielding side at fault because they immediately called Rohit Sharma in and were seen talking to him. The umpires then spoke to Pollard too. Momentarily Pollard stopped grinning, but by now Watson had begun to laugh too.

The altercation, part II
When Watson finally fell, top-edging a long hop from Pragyan Ojha to Pollard, it kicked off wild celebrations. The needle hadn't ended yet as Watson - sitting near his dugout, which happened to behind Pollard's place at the boundary - seemed angry at something said to him and left the place in disgust.

The fielding
Pollard didn't have too much to laugh about in the first innings, though. He was run out for the first time in the IPL. It's a staggering thought. How do you run a man with strides as long as Pollard's out? Kevon Cooper has an answer. And he did so off his own bowling. He bowled short of a length, got a leading edge, which fell towards short cover. First he nearly took the catch, but then he turned around in a flash and hit the stumps direct without having time to aim at them. Possibly Pollard didn't run at full pelt at the start because he was a bit concerned about the catch.

The awareness, lack of
Harbhajan Singh hit the last ball of Mumbai Indians' innings straight to deep midwicket. Lasith Malinga correctly ran for the second, which didn't seem available. With nothing to lose, Harbhajan refused to go for the second, and Malinga was run out. Replays, however, showed that Malinga - who had given up seeing Harbhajan was not coming - had almost made it by the time the throw arrived to the bowler. That shouldn't matter, though. You always try the extra run off the last ball of a limited-overs innings.

The funny thing is, in an earlier game, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Malinga was beaten on the last ball of Mumbai's innings, but ignored Mitchell Johnson's call for a bye.

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Posted by Jaggadaaku on (May 17, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

When Dravid was a captain of India's national cricket team, he was like a mute captain. Now, after retirement suddenly he got wings to speak and slam. WOW

Posted by   on (May 17, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

Dravid is human...and any human would have reacted that way after that shocker of a decision... seriously, how on earth did the umpire give that out? He's a gentleman, usually, calm, composed and very very sane and level headed; however,with the antics shown by Pollard in this match, that absolutely horrible possibly match changing's no wonder. Dravid still is loads more mature than majority of the other players we've seen- yes experienced legends included....

Posted by SidsIPLTeam on (May 17, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

Watson's sledging is heavily criticized everytime. But, what Pollard did today was much beyond anyone's expectations. Coming from a player whom the world has come to love as a game changer in every sense of the word - be it with his scintillating six hitting, his unbelievable catching & ground fielding or his competitive bowling, was extremely unfortunate. He's almost the Viv Richards of T20 cricket. Youngsters follow him world over & he's a role model for so many who want to be like him for his spirit of play hard but fair variety of cricket. Hence, resorting to getting under Watson's skin to win seemed very un "Pollard-ish". We will keep loving him but this will definitely leave a dent to the mental image the viewers have of him. As for Dravid, it was just a heat of the moment thing. He probably knew that they'd win if he could see off Johnson's initial spell. But, such a bizarre dismissal left him disappointed & angry as it could cost his side a place in the top 2 and the IPL..!!

Posted by ROXSPORT on (May 16, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@ Sid Monga: Regarding Malinga, just goes on to show how quickly he learnt his lessons. Wish some more Indian players did that...!!!!

Posted by GhostRockets on (May 16, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

what's happening to Indian cricketers. Young generation is in no match to senior's wrt to behaviour in the field and their attitude, yes i do agree one has to play aggressive cricket... that doesn't mean to make rubish things on the field and comments in the press conference.... Its disappointing to hear rohit sharma speaking like this .... cricket is a gentlemans game and all the sports person should show good sportsmanship....

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

RR are stronger than MI, in fact, they have a better IPL history than the big names chokers MI.......Malinga is a gentleman, real good human !

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Dravid rightly said that sledging can be a part of the game when you are in the ground but sledging a batsman when he is already given out is surely cowardly because batsman can't really do anything after he loses his wicket.......these west indian celebrations were good to a limit, but now they are going beyond the limits, its more of a showboat thing now

Posted by sureshpal007 on (May 16, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

RR could not more experiments with Batting Order, RR wants play Waston at no 3 & Hodge at no 4, Samson at 5 & Binny at no 6 Copper at No 7 Yagnik at 9 & Faulkner at no 10, There was a big factor that Dravid was given wrong out otherwise MI never beat of RR...............Good Luck Mr Wall........... Halla Bol

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Maxwell wasn't an edge. It was front pad followed by bat followed by back pad. And Rahul was not struggling at all... He had just hit a clean boundary off Johnson.

Posted by mjrvasu on (May 16, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

It is ridiculous that field umpires wait for 3rd umpire decision on whether a delivery was 'legal', and if the bowler did not overstep; but they would not check a doubtful appeal for a catch! And MI's cricket approach is sinking to a new low. Pity SRT is a part of this outfit, and it happened he was not even on the field. It is a moot point if he would have asked Rohit to request the umpire for a 3rd umpire referral for Dravid's catch. In any case this is not a first blunder in this IPL, where every match has seen at least one gross error by umpire, must be another record for IPL! I had posed a question to Cricinfo before - are these umpires medically tested, specially for ophthalmology and ENT to confirm their vision and hearing is ok?

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Watson and Dravid should man up..When Maxwell clearly edged the ball that he was given lbw on, Watson had no qualms sending him on his way..That was probably more of a match-changing decision as maxwell had already hit 3 6's while Dravid was struggling. If you're gonna get all whiny and irritated when people sledge at you don't do it yourself...RR are weak!

Posted by yohandf1984 on (May 16, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Ya you ve seen the likes of Dhoni , Sachin ,Dravid getting angry . How about the highest wicket taker MALINGA . I bet you wont see it . he is such a calm character at his job . But he is naughty outside the field . Thats called professionalism

Posted by Haleos on (May 16, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Dravid never so openly about the opposition in International cricket. Why was he quiet when guys like Andre Nel, Slater, Et al where bullying India? It is not if Watson is a saint. What was dravids reaction after being dismissed? Where was the gentleman in him. He was very brave was he? Calling others cowardly. Hyprocritical.

Posted by srdivya on (May 16, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Why all are pointing out pollard sledging once look at the way flaunker behaving with maxwell and the way watson doing in the field during mumbai batting. Please observe every thing in whole match ok. Because they(RR) sledged these (MI) people also done

Posted by vaibhavdnyan on (May 16, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Dravid Got angry because of Umpire's decision and not because of pollard. I dont think Pollard did anything wrong. He was just celebrating and if you say about sledging can an australian complaint about sledging.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (May 16, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

@Cricket360. That's something new to me. I never found Dravid angry over umpire or bowler (Shoaib in that case) rather he was angry on himself.

Posted by kristee on (May 16, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

Dravid's reaction was more understandable than T'kar's. No comparison. Here, even the bowler had not appealed. But then he too is guilty of not criticizing BCCI on its rigid stand on DRS. See Johnson appealed once afterwards unnecessarily perhaps knowing the umpire is pretty vulnerable. How strange DRS is not used where it's most necessary, given the noisiest crowds there. It's another matter the defeat owes rather to Dravid's experimentations with batting order; he's hardly learning from mistakes.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

Sledging is part of the game.. It is upto the players to hold their nerves and not to react for such things but watson did.. Getting anger in times will surely been reflected in the performance.. It did happened in Watson's innings..

But a superb entertainment provided by these two big teams..

Posted by Narbavi on (May 16, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

the umpiring in this ipl has been pathetic to say the least!! No wonder Dravid reacted like that, Dravid pointed out that the bowler didn't even appeal!!

Posted by venky91 on (May 16, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

Mumbai Indians think that they are the best in the world. But they're not so. They believe that making the opposition's big star getting out by sledging.Rayudu done it against bravo,karthik -dravid and pollard always.

Posted by 123cric on (May 16, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

What a shame, the umpiring by Indian umpires has been pretty below standard. Why cant the third umpire over rule wrong decisions of the on field umpires. Are the 3rd umpire there to make minor decisions like whether the fielder has touched the boundary ropes etc etc.

Posted by sweetspot on (May 16, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

I don't know what I'm missing here, but in my book, if you manage to get Dravid angry, YOU must have done something wrong - really, really wrong. End of that matter for me.

Posted by Cricket360 on (May 16, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

Not the first time Dravid reacting like this.. He reacted similarly when he was bowled on 99 by shoaib akthar in the first match of Ind-Pak odi series in 2004..

Posted by vswami on (May 16, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

If you smack Watson for a boundary, the batsman always seems to get a mouthful from him. When Maxwell was in, he and Faulkner gave him quite a bit of lip including a prolonged send off. So like all glass chins, Watson cant take what he gives.

Posted by India_MI_fan on (May 16, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

I don't support Pollard's behaviour though I am an MI fan. But I think Watson just got the taste of his medicine. We all have seen his behaviour in many matches. Remember that Gambhir incident in a test. If you sledge others, be ready to be sledged too.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 16, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Pollard was provoking rahane and even the young samson. Needlessly he will come near them and keep saying something. Disgusting behaviour from some MI players. Most in MI are perfectly OK- Rohit, Karthik, Kulkarni, Johnson etc. The culprits are Pollard and Rayudu.

Posted by trilok007 on (May 16, 2013, 0:09 GMT)

The quality of the umpiring in this years IPL is very bad and many of the matches have been decided by the umpires.

Posted by SouthPaw on (May 15, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

Can anyone explain why they didn't show even a second camera angle of Dravid's "dismissal"? Because it was such a horrible howler :(

Posted by spintl on (May 15, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

I sincerely want the DRS system to be introduced at the next IPL edition. I know that India (i am Indian too) doesn't want it, that's fine but they can use next IPL as a test case. Give 2 referrals for each team while batting & bowling.. that way it also make the umpiring standards also better..

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

RR could have tried a left-hander at number 3. Sachin Baby could have been played instead of Yagnik and performed that role. The pinch-hitter could have played his natural game instead of just swinging at the ball. Also, Harmeet Singh could have been given a chance as left-arm spinner instead of Chavan. I think the leg spinner bowled well today in patches.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

There can be many reasons for Dravid behavior.. We don't know whether Dravid will play next IPL, even he might not have decided that. At this point he is trying to enjoy his time in the middle and when you get a blunder like that the outburst will happen. The same with Sachin, he started showing dissent at umpires late in his career who used to smile even when he was given wrongly out at 99. But if the intensity of IPL making them to behave like this, I will not agree. they are bunch of guys who were proud representing their country who have played a lot of world cups where the intensity is much much higher,, And IPL, a domestic competition is making em to behave like this means LOL

Posted by darklord23 on (May 15, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

whats wrong with sledging? australians does it all the time esp watson and faulkner when they are bowling. the long stares at the batsmen, faulkner was very vocal today. and ipl is entertainment and it is fun to watch sledging.

Posted by xylo on (May 15, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

The behavior of most MI players leaves me hoping that they do not get selected for their respective national sides!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Can someone also comment on the below please :)

Watson to Maxwell, OUT, gone, lbw, Watson's got his fellow Aussie here! it was on the middle stump and swinging back into the batsman, he was looking to jam his bat down quickly but it seems to have escaped it and hit the back thigh, the umpire thought for many a seconds before giving it. Watson's given him a nice, little farewell too. GJ Maxwell lbw b Watson 23 (17b 0x4 3x6) SR: 135.29

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

It is a really big game. Dravid is justified in being angry at the 3rd class umpiring. Think of it the bowler did not even appeal knowing he did not have a chance. Mumbai Indians fluked this game and won it. They just barely won it!!!

Posted by itsmyword on (May 15, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

the respect for that man Rahul Dravid just doesnt cease. In such a crucial game he is subjected to some irresponsible, below par umpiring decision - clearly indicating the kind of pressure the umpire might have been put into standing in for a game such as this one! You can be responsible for a game changer by such poor decision making abilities. Well, for one - Dinesh Karthik needs to handback jersey #19 - he doesnt deserve that number - two hoots !

Posted by PrateekG8 on (May 15, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

I don't see anything wrong with dravid's reaction and so with pollard,i mean c'mon if watson can provoke and sled mumbai or any other team player for that matter why can't pollard sled watson...r their other rule for him or something????

Posted by ramonster on (May 15, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Dravidian still controlled his actions remarkably well @sachinisawesome, umpiring this IPL has been diabolical. Really bad decisions have happened especially in mumbai against the opposing team, e.g. Full tosses to KXIP and RR. Referels should be allowed in IPL, especially with such poor umpiring who don't Evan bother to look at replays for obvious fouls. I hear it is because SachinnTendulkar doesn't want to be given out lbw which he often does now and because umpires seem afraid to give him out. Real shame, though because the DRS system should be used and is much more reliable then umpires in this IPL. A true great shouldn't oppose the DRS because he is afraid it would be used against. Should think about the good of the whole competition and not his own wicket!

Posted by Edassery on (May 15, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Mumbai seemed to had a plan worked out to unsettle the temper of Dravid and Co. It wasn't just Pollard but Rayudu and even Dhawal Kulkarni was doing their duty very well in terms of sledging and not playing within limits. Having said that, it was very bad of Dravid to talk like that to the umpire - never expected it of him. I have been a huge Dravid fan and I still am, but today's incident was quite unwarranted. Perhaps, there was something else happening behind the scenes as well.

Posted by KenPo on (May 15, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

@above : C'mmon i dont think Dravid incident was too bad to use words like "Shame" for dravid... at the end guess who was right? Umpire or Dravid? Def Dravid.. Think from the both side and indeed such kind of reaction u can expect at this stage of IPL.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Dravid was not out...that's why he was angry...even tendulkar was angry at the umpire when he was wrongly given out before some is a crutial point in the tournament.....

Posted by Abhi_2410 on (May 15, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Does Sledging is part of the Game.... !! The celebartion of pollard's were really provoking...!!!

Quite strange to see rahul dravid loose his temper...!!

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