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Top 5 fights between cricketers in IPL history

Yash Mittal
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Virat Kohli talking to the umpire amidst Pollard-Starc altercation

Cricket is a gentleman's game but with the game changing with the unfailing volatility, the pressure of performance often accentuates player egos. This leads to an exchange of verbal volleys which more often than not cross the line of what's acceptable.

The IPL is no exception; a plethora of ugly fights between cricketers over the course of its ten-year journey testify the aforementioned fact, often shifting the focus away from cricket. Over a period of ten years that have been several instances when the IPL has made it to the front pages of newspapers for all the bad reasons.

With IPL 2018 just around the corner, here's a look at the five ugliest fights between players in the lucrative T20 league.

#5 Kieron Pollard and Shane Watson, IPL 2013

Pollard mocking Watson

The altercation

The hot-headed Mumbai Indians all-rounder seems to have a special place in his heart for the Aussies; his repeated altercations with them prove this very fact.

The case in point here is Kieron Pollard's altercation with Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson in the sixth edition of the IPL. Pollard had been in Watson's ear ever since the latter came out to bat.

While laughingly mocking Watson, who looked visibly furious, the on-field umpires called in Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma to voice their objection. The talks ensued with Pollard too who momentarily stopped but now Watson had started laughing too.

The fallout

Watson eventually fell after mistiming a long-hop off Pragyan Ojha straight to Pollard sparking off wild celebrations from the West Indian. Watson was not amused as he offered a mouthful to Pollard while sitting in the dugout close to where the West Indian was fielding and left the place in disgust.

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