Old rivalries come back from the cold

  • Firoz Mirza, None, Ahmedabad
  • Updated: May 08, 2014 00:13 IST

Soon after the ugly incident at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday night where Kieron Pollard flung his bat towards Mitchell Starc in an angry exchange, West Indies T20I skipper Darren Sammy tweeted: “IPL7 hmmm…interesting. Last battle we know who won.”

“Like I said same result every time it happens,” was what Sammy tweeted after Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore, probably indicating that it was once again the West Indies camp, represented by Pollard, which won.

Sammy, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, was obviously referring to the West Indies-Australia match in the World T20 in Bangladesh where he hammered James Faulkner to virtually knock the Aussies out of the tournament. It was Faulkner’s pre-match jibe that had incensed the West Indies and their wild celebrations at the end of that contest said it all.

The man seems to be all charged up again and interestingly he is again up against Faulkner, whose ‘home team’ Rajasthan Royals take on Sunrisers at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera on Thursday.

The hosts though hold an edge as they had won their first-leg encounter in Abu Dhabi.

The visitors, however, will look to avenge their loss and one can expect Sammy, who has had an average tournament so far, to come out with all guns blazing.

Royals’ captain Shane Watson acknowledged the long-standing rivalry between West Indies and Australia but emphasised that one should not cross the line. “The rivalry certainly provides for a very interesting contest,” he said ahead of the contest.

Watson defended his compatriots, saying the Australians have always played the game in the right spirit. “Everyone knows there is a line which should not to be crossed; everyone knows what the spirit of the game is. I can’t speak on behalf of the West Indies players, but yes, Aussies play within the spirit of the game.”

“People really don’t want to see someone throwing a bat.”

Only time will tell what reactions Watson’s comments fetch, but the contest between Rajasthan and Hyderabad is sure to be spicy.

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