Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Kieron Pollard announces IPL retirement; MI Paltan name him as batting coach

Sachin Tendulkar, Jasprit Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh have penned heartfelt notes for West Indies icon Kieron Pollard after the Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder announced his IPL retirement.

T20 stalwart Kieron Pollard has quit the IPL after playing for the Mumbai Indians, for whom he was a certain match-winner for many years, for a record 13 seasons. However, the former West Indies captain will continue with MI as their batting coach.

The 35-year-old all-rounder made his IPL debut in 2010. Pollard smashed 3,412 runs in 189 IPL matches for the Rohit Sharma-led side. The former West Indies star bagged 69 wickets in the cash-rich league.

Pollard was first signed up by MI in 2010 when he was bought by the franchise for an undisclosed sum via the tie-breaker rule, and went on to become a key member of the team which picking up 5 IPL and 2 champions league trophies. He is amongst the few players who have played more than 100 IPL games.

In a release by MI, Pollard, said, “It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as I will keep playing for a few more years, but I understand that this incredible franchise which has achieved so much needs to transition and if I’m no longer to play for MI then I cannot see myself playing against MI either. Once an MI always an MI. I am immensely proud, honoured and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons. Most sincerely, I express my deep appreciation to Mukesh, Nita and Akash Ambani for their tremendous love, support and respect I have always felt and for the confidence they placed in me. I recall our first encounter when they welcomed me with open arms saying, “We are family”. Those were not just mere words, but demonstrated by their every action throughout my time with Mumbai Indians.”

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