Once, a former Ranji Trophy cricketer and a friend of mine had asked as to what is the most essential ingredient of attaining success in the field of sports.

Commitment, training and devotion, I replied. Discipline, he emphasized. Now I fully agree with his (friend) observation as it is the code of discipline that every member of a team gives his best to achieve the given target. However, on April 19th, Mumbai Indians player Kieron Pollard – in a childish act – put a tape on his mouth when he was warned by one of the on the field umpires following his chat with Chris Gayle. The incident happened while Pollard was fielding in MI’s match against RCB. Although most of the people took notice of this unusual act and a wide coverage of the incident was seen in the media but Pollard’s fellow team mate Harbhajan Singh had defended his act by saying that it was not done in a bad taste.

 Now, former India captain and expert commentator, Sunil Gavaskar feels that the Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Kieron Pollard should have been banned for 1 or 2 matches for his taped mouth act against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) during the Indian Premier League 2015 (IPL 8). Following Kieron Pollard’s taped mouth many cricketers had reacted funnily to this, including the MI players and support staff.  

However today, as MI faced Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Ferozshah Kotla stadium, former New Zealand paceman Simon Doull, in his pre-match comments, slammed Pollard and said he should have been banned for 1 or 2 matches.

Fully supporting the stand of Doull, Gavaskar, while participating in a program in “Sony MAX” TV studio, when asked for his views agreed with Doull.  Gavaskar said “I agree totally with Simon Doull”.

Not only this, Sunny went on to add that Pollard was “defying” umpires and hoped that MI management would tell the West Indian to “tone it down”. Gavaskar also opined that disagreeing with the umpires was not right.

Let us hope that the management of the most popular event IPL will take notice of the valuable advice of legendary Gavaskar and initiate steps to check the growing tendency of taking unabated liberty on field which is against the given norms of discipline.  

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