Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)’s Krunal Pandya celebrated the wicket of former teammate and Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Kieron Pollard with a kiss on the latter’s head.
The teams faced off in their IPL 2022 clash at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (April 24).
The latter had dismissed Krunal for 1(2) in the first innings. He celebrated by standing beside the batter’s path to the pavilion and a Kylian Mbappe-style folded-arms celebration. LSG could only reach 168-6 despite KL Rahul’s century,.
Pollard struggled in the chase and was on a run-a-ball 19 when MI needed an impossible 39 runs to win off the last over. Skipper Rahul handed the ball to Krunal. The West Indian went for a lazy hoick on the second ball, got one hand off the bat, and could only send it as far as a forward-running long-on.
Krunal, perhaps wanting to avenge the first-innings send-off, ran towards his former teammate and tried to shake his hand. When the latter didn’t react, the spinner jumped over his back and kissed him on the head. The MI all-rounder was fuming and stoically continued his walk back.
Here’s the video:
— seven (@urstruly7_) April 24, 2022
Areyyy papam ra Krunal ga barre gaadini triggering enduku ra 🤣🤣🤣😭😭 pic.twitter.com/BYfNNvl5xD
— Srinivas🏌 (@viratian_life) April 24, 2022
Krunal Pandya was the most successful bowler with the figures of 3/19. He dismissed two of his former teammates Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard apart from Daniel Sams in his four-over spell.
Speaking after the match, Krunal said he was “thankful” for taking the MI all-rounder’s wicket because otherwise, he would have “eaten his brain” forever.
“I was so thankful that I got his (Pollard) wicket otherwise he would have eaten my brain throughout my life because he got me out and now that it’s 1-1 at least he will speak less.”