No-Ball To Evin Lewis Was Not Intentional, Claims Kieron Pollard
Claiming that he had no intentions of bowling the no-ball to Evin Lewis, Windies star Kieron Pollard has said that the former did not mind the incident.
Lewis had blown away Barbados Tridents in a Caribbean Premier League match earlier this week with a whirlwind knock, but it was soured by Pollard’s controversial no-ball, which proved to be the winning run and left the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots opener stranded on 97.
Chasing a modest 129, Lewis took the Tridents bowlers to cleaners and had slammed 97 off just 32 balls as the Patriots raced to an unbelievable 128 for 0 after just seven overs. But just when it looked like the match would end on a bright note for not only the Patriots but also Lewis, Pollard’s questionable conduct marred it. With just one run needed, Pollard took the ball and shockingly overstepped and bowled a short ball which went over Lewis’ head. The hard-hitting batsman could only see the ball sailing over his head as the game ended on a disappointing note.
Since then, Pollard has been receiving severe criticism with many claiming that his act was deliberate. However, the all-rounder has denied all the speculations and has even said that Lewis did not mind the no-ball.
“I just told him (Lewis) ‘well played and good luck in the playoffs’,” Pollard told Sports Max. “He just laughed it off. Evin Lewis… he came up after me in Trinidad to play cricket. We play cricket together. Our whole management is the same sort of management.
“At the end of the day, (people may claim) Kieron Pollard is jealous of Evin Lewis and things like that. That’s not in my nature. I have been the first one to congratulate somebody. I have been the first one to send him a message and always be there no matter what. And this is not going to stop me from continuing to do that,” he added. “We had a conversation. I wouldn’t share the exchange of the conversation but we had a couple of Whatsapp messages and it’s all cordial. No, I didn’t apologise to him. To me, there is nothing to apologise for. We just laughed it off.”
Pollard further said that he decided to deliver the short ball in order to dismiss Lewis.
“When I took up that ball in that last delivery, I had one thing in my mind – trying to bowl a delivery, my best delivery – what has been working for me throughout the tournament – a short delivery to see if he (will) have a waft at it, to see if it can go up in the air and we can get him out,” he reasoned. “Although we would have lost the game, I was still thinking of getting him out, and using my strength, what I had been doing.
“Unfortunately, (the) stride went for that extra, I stepped over the mark and I think that has been the talking point, of what actually happened, the actual no-ball itself,” he added.
The 30-year old, while claiming that the no-ball was not intentional, made it clear that he was not willing to bowl Lewis a freebie so that he can score a century.
“It wasn’t intentional, nothing was intentional at any point in time,” Pollard said. “I acknowledge that we have lost the game but I am not going to just go there and bowl a ball just for him to hit it for six or four, for him to score hundred in that sense. That’s not my nature, and I don’t think any sportsman will just do something to that effect.
“What I am a big believer in is I can sit here and I can talk to you and I can tell you untruths and I can make up all sorts of stories. But one person I can’t make up a story to is when I watch myself in the mirror. When I watch myself in the mirror, I know what my intentions were in that particular delivery, and my intention was just try to bowl the best delivery,” he added.
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