The nasty brawl between the Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder and the then-Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) speedster will go down in IPL history as one of the most infamous encounters on the 22-yard strip.

The year was 2014, and the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians were facing Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL’s 27th match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The main batsmen, Rohit and Pollard, had teamed up for Mumbai and were eager to lead the Men In Blue to a tough total. Starc, an Australian speed merchant, struck Pollard with a bouncer in the 17th over of Mumbai’s innings.Starc slammed Pollard when he failed to hook the delivery, despite the fact that the West Indies international had waived him off at the time. Starc had begun his run-up to bowl the following delivery when Pollard halted him in the middle, resulting in a heated exchange between the two rivals.

Starc refused to slow down and delivered the ball around Pollard’s legs. In retaliation, the Windies batsman threw his bat at the bowler. Pollard’s bat, however, fell from his grip and landed on the leg side of the field before the two players exchanged verbal spat.After the Mumbai Indians batsman was run out by Starc, the Australian bowler ridiculed Pollard. Both players were punished as a result of the incident, according to the IPL’s code of conduct. Because both players acknowledged to the level 2 offences at the time, Pollard was allegedly penalised 75% of his match fee and Starc was fined 50%.