Mumbai Indians (MI) stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard produced a power-packed and once in a lifetime knock for the cricketing ages to help his team register a spectacular 3-wicket victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Wednesday. The big West Indian cricketer smashed a belligerent knock of 83 runs off just 31 balls to snatch an incredible victory from almost the jaws of defeat. With this blistering performance, Pollard also completely overshadowed KXIP opener KL Rahul’s fantastic century knock which helped the visitors post a mammoth first innings total of 197 runs.
The first innings of the match was all about KL Rahul and Chris Gayle’s dazzling efforts. While in the run-chase, the Kieron Pollard power-hitting show took the centerstage. After ripping apart the KXIP bowling line-up in a mere shambles, the game saw an anticlimax finish as Pollard got dismissed with his team still requiring 4 runs off as many balls. However, in the end, it was last match’s hero for MI, Alzarri Joseph, who held his nerves to steer the home side to an emphatic victory.
I want to do my best
After his staggering innings, the murmurs of Pollard’s chances for a probable 2019 World Cup spot in the Windies side, has already started doing the rounds. During the post-match press conference, Pollard revealed that his entire focus is giving his very best on every opportunity which comes his way. He also admitted the fact that him being ignored from contention in the national team is probably due to the turmoil going on currently in West Indies cricket. Pollard cited the example of Chris Gayle and stated that since he can whack the ball at the age of 39, then the 31-year old can also do the same.
“Every time I get the opportunity to play, I want to do my best. There has been a lot of turmoil in West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. We have seen in the last couple of weeks there’s a change. Pollard was one of the guys blacklisted. The most I can do every time I step on the cricket field is try to put runs on the board. There’s people there who have the job to select and whatever and let’s see how that goes. As I said, I’m 31 years, Chris Gayle is still playing, he’s 39, and he’s whacking it all around,” quoted Kieron Pollard.
It is what it is and 2018 is gone
Pollard had a forgettable season with Mumbai Indians in the previous edition of the IPL, where he managed just a single fifty-plus score. He also noted that there is a lot of cricket left in him and the most important thing is that his closed ones are still backing him. “I’m 31 years of age and I have a lot of cricket left in me. People close to me, back me and that’s most important. There’s better things than just winning and losing. There’s family and things to live for,” Pollard added.