The Indian Premier League (IPL) has undoubtedly been the biggest carnival of Indian cricket and its craze has swept across all parts of the globe. It has time and again excited all its fans and has delivered a lot of enthralling action. But all good things come with a catch. The IPL has been dotted with controversies ever since its inception in 2008. From off-field scandals to on-field controversies, IPL has witnessed some strong moments and has received some strong criticisms. But the enormity of the league and its massive fan-following has always overshadowed them. In this article, we boil down 5 such controversies that took place in the IPL and that shook the entire cricketing fraternity.
1. ON-FIELD SPAT BETWEEN MITCHELL STARC AND KIERON POLLARD
This incident took place between these two heavy-guns in 2014. Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc’s altercation was one of the biggest controversies that has ever taken place in IPL history. The entire thing started when Starc bowled a bouncer to Kieron Pollard and Pollard ducked and let it go. He then went up to Pollard and spoke a few words and Pollard gestured Starc to go away with his hand. The heat-up aggravated when Pollard pulled himself out of the crease while Starc was on his run-up and was about to deliver.
However, Starc did not abort his delivery and bowled the ball straight towards Pollard, down the leg-side. Pollard, a no-nonsense guy responded by pretending to throw the bat at Starc. The duo then got into a verbal fight and the umpires and other players had to intervene. Both the players were heavily fined as they had breached the IPL Code of Conduct.