Daredevil Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard has retired from the Indian Premier League. Pollard’s decision came when his team Mumbai Indians released him before the mini auction. Now Pollard will be the new batting coach of the team. Pollard also retired from international cricket this year. Pollard, one of the most successful T20 cricketers, was not as successful for the West Indies.
Played for Mumbai Indians for 13 years
Pollard was bought by Mumbai Indians in 2010, since then he remained with the same team. In a post-retirement statement, he said, “It was not an easy decision as I wanted to play for a few more years, but after discussions with Mumbai Indians, I have decided to end my IPL career.” I understand this incredible franchise needs a change and if I don’t play for MI anymore I can’t see myself playing against MI, ‘Once n MI always an MI’.
Pollard was not retained
Last-placed 5-time champions Mumbai Indians have retained 10 players while releasing 5 players this year. Rohit Sharma, Devald Brewis, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Daniel Sams, Tim David, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, Tristan Stubbs and Tilak Verma are among those who will be seen donning the MI shirt again next season. At the same time, Fabian Allen, Kieron Pollard, Tymal Mills, Mayank Markande and Hrithik Shokin have been released.
hit six sixes in an over
In international cricket, Pollard took 55 wickets in addition to scoring 2706 runs at an average of just over 26 in 123 ODIs. He scored 1569 runs in 101 T20 Internationals and took 44 wickets. The highlight of his international career was hitting six sixes in an over off Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya in a T20 International. He was a part of the West Indies team that won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2012. He never got a chance to play Test cricket.