With his destructive batting and occasional medium pace bowling, Kieron Pollard is undoubtedly a renowned name in T20 cricket. But, this year, the 35-year-old has had one of the roughest seasons with his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians (MI).
Pollard, who recently announced retirement from international cricket, was dropped from playing XI for MI’s game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), yesterday. He was also dropped from playing XI in MI’s contest against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), last week.
Although it wasn’t his day, the former West Indian skipper caught all the attention when an MI fan, from the stands, applauded Pollard for his contribution to the five-time champions. Responding to the recognition, Pollard turned around and offered a thumbs up to the fan. The video of the whole incident has certainly gone viral on various social media platforms.
Watch the video:
Kieron Pollard reacted to my message 😭😭🥺🙏💙
— Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) May 17, 2022
Meanwhile, MI retained Pollard for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and the Trinidadian all-rounder has scored 144 runs in 11 innings, at a poor average of 14.40 and a strike rate of 107.46, with the highest score of 25. Pollard has picked up four wickets in six innings.
Pollard has played only for Mumbai since he joined the franchise and entered the IPL arena back in 2010. He has seen it all with MI and it would be out of the ordinary to perceive, how MI copes with the T20 legend’s form, overall.
Rahul Tripathi, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar shine as SRH beat MI
Meanwhile, MI fell short and lost the game against SRH by just three runs. Rahul Tripathi with the bat and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s nothing but wild 19th over kept SRH’s hopes alive for the playoffs qualification. With 12 points in their account, SRH will have to win their last group stage game against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and will have to rely on the others’ results.
For Mumbai, it’s all over; the men in blue and gold will face Delhi Capitals (DC) in their last group stage game. The game will decide so many things for DC and the remaining franchises in the playoffs race.
Written by Prachi Pisal