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‘We have to move forward’

Calcutta: Defending Kieron Pollard for his spat with Royal Challengers Bangalore during Mumbai Indians’ previous game, captain Rohit Sharma said the incident happened in the spur of the moment and would not be repeated.

“Pollard has been spoken to (about the spat). All of us have spoken to him. I thought whatever happened, happened in the spur of the moment.

“Nobody wants to ruin the spirit of the game. It happened and we have spoken about it. We have to move forward now,” the IPL’s official website quoted Rohit as saying, on Friday.

“Pollard, we know, is an aggressive player. He didn’t do anything purposely. As a captain, it was my duty to explain or tell him what sort of behaviour you should be displaying on field. “We have had a word with him and he is okay with that. Hopefully, he will not repeat such mistakes,” he added.

Chennai Super Kings go into Saturday’s game after a loss against KXIP, but Rohit believes it will be an intense game when they take on the two-time champions. “We want to take this as another game. We don’t want to think too much about the opposition.”