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IPL 2017: Sanjay Manjrekar denies calling Kieron Pollard ‘brainless’ on air

Kieron Pollard had thought Sanjay Manjrekar insulted him by calling the West Indies player ‘brainless’ during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match, but the former Indian cricketer denied doing it.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 15, 2017 23:10 IST
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Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard scored a match-winning 70 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match.(AP)

Sanjay Manjrekar, former India cricketer turned commentator, clarified his on-air comments on Kieron Pollard saying he never called the West Indian “brainless”.

While it was clear from the footage that Manjrekar never uttered the word “brainless” but Pollard’s twitter dig at the veteran cricketer saw lot of strong reaction on social media.

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“Said ‘Does he have the range (to bat higher up the order)?’ Using terms like ‘no brains’ or ‘brainless’ not my style. I can be critical but never insulting,” Manjrekar tweeted today.

“I would also encourage all those reacting to the Pollard issue to hear the footage & not just take my word for it,” he added.

Manjrekar’s comment on Pollard’s batting invited a strong response from the Mumbai Indians all-rounder apart from being trolled on social media.

Pollard had thought that the Indian called him “brainless” on air. “Do you know how I get big so.. about BRAINLESS.. words are very powerful .. once it leaves u can’t take it back.. sins of parents fall on...

“u feel any positive can come out of your mouth bcuz u get pay to talk u can continue with your verbal diarrhea ...” Pollard had posted.

The West Indian struck a match-winning 70 to script a sensational turnaround for the Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday.

First Published: Apr 15, 2017 16:58 IST