Pollard after Wankhede heroics for MI: I am 31, there is a lot of cricket left in me

first_imgPollard after Wankhede heroics for MI: I am 31, there is a lot of cricket left in meWest Indies all-rounder and Mumbai Indians stand-in captain smashed a 31-ball 83 to help the former champions successfully chase 198 against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday. Pollard said he is grateful to Mumbai Indians for showing faith in him even after an ordinary IPL season in 2018 graphs commentary scorecard Akshay Ramesh MumbaiApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 10:49 IST IPL 2019: Kieron Pollard led Mumbai Indians to a sensational win in his first match as the franchise’s captain ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKieron Pollard’s 31-ball 83 helped Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab on WednesdayPollard smashed 10 sixes as the stand-in captain helped MI gun down a 198-run targetImpossible… when you break it down, it’s I’m possible: Pollard on MI’s thrilling winWest Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard said he has managed to successfully bury the memories of a poor 2018 Indian Premier League season and that he is enjoying his cricket for the Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season of IPL.Kieron Pollard insisted that his cricketing career is far from finished and that he is looking forward to giving his best every time he steps on the field. The 31-year-old big-hitter also added he is grateful to Mumbai Indians for showing faith in him and retaining him despite his poor form for the three-time champions last year.Pollard’s comments came after he played a sensational knock to help Mumbai Indians gun down a 198-run target against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium. Captaining the side for the first time in the absence of injured Rohit Sharma, Pollard took the responsibility and took the Kings XI bowlers to the cleaners, hitting a 31-ball 83, including 10 sixes on Wednesday.Pollard promoted himself to No. 4 in Mumbai Indians’ chase of 198. Despite losing partners at regular intervals, the MI stand-in captain showed glimpses of his vintage self and single-handedly destroyed the KXIP bowling attack.Even as the asking rate was shooting up, Pollard kept his cool and targetted bowlers to great effect. Kings XI captain R Ashwin, pacers Sam Curran and Ankit Rajpoot were all at the receiving end of Pollard’s brutal hitting on Wednesday.What a victory this for the @mipaltan. The dressing room celebrations say it all #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/ZXDmrv6Ql3IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2019With 15 needed off the last over, Pollard smashed Rajpoot for a six and a boundary and brought the equation down to four from four. However, the MI captain got out in the final over only to see Alzarri Joseph keep his nerves and take Mi past the finish line.advertisementWhen you’re losing, people tend to have all sort of opinions: Pollard”You can say yes, you can say no [best IPL knock?]. For me what is more important is that we won the game. And I was able to stay calm under a bit of pressure. Obviously, I didn’t finish off the game which I wanted to do. But that’s why it’s a team sport. The guys really rallied together,” Pollard told the media after MI’s thrilling win.”Impossible… when you break it down, it’s I’m possible. Anything is possible. We have power-hitters. We have got Krunal [Pandya], Hardik [Pandya] and myself. We wanted close to 94 of the last 8 overs. When you break it down, it’s just two big overs. We got those two big overs. They had a couple of bowlers whom we had to target. It worked well for us. Not every day, you get to chase 190-odd runs but we did it tonight. Much-needed two points for us tonight.”It is what it is. 2018 is gone. Obviously, when you’re losing, people tend to have all sort of opinions. People who have not played the game and people who have played the game and struggled as well tend to have opinions.”I am a cricketer, 31 years of age. And I have a lot of cricket left in me. People who are close to me back me. That’s most important. It didn’t work last year but last year’s gone. We have life, everyone needs to get up in the morning. The sun is going rise in the east and set in the west. There are better things other than winning and losing and scoring runs. There’s family and there are things to look forward to. So it’s just a matter of me coming (back).””They (Mumbai Indians) showed faith in me, they retained me for this season and they started me as well. So it’s just a matter of me coming out, enjoying my cricket once again and that’s exactly what I am doing.”Pollard on chances of making 2019 World Cup squadPollard had managed just 133 runs from nine matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 but the big-hitting West Indies star has turned it around this season. Pollard has already scored 179 runs from six matches at an average of 44.75 and a strike of 194.56.Asked if Pollard is hopeful of seeing his name in West Indies’ 2019 World Cup, the MI star said: “Well, you know, every day I get the opportunity to play, I want to do well. There have been a lot of turmoil is West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. But what we have seen in the last couple of weeks is a change.advertisement”Pollard was one of the guys blacklisted. The best I can do every time I step on the cricket field, is try to put runs on the board. There are people there who have the job to select. We will see how that goes. As I said, I am 31 years… Chris Gayle is 39 and he’s playing and whacking it around.”Shedding light on the success West Indies players have had so far in IPL 2019, Pollard added: “For us, it’s not a battle. It’s about enjoying. We know what we can do. Chris batted superbly well. Fellow West Indian, [Andre] Russell. He is smacking the ball. It’s great to see him hitting the ball. [Sunil] Narine as well.”Also See | He is a legend: Hardik Pandya after Kieron Pollard delivers thrilling win for MIAlso Read | Thank god for giving me strength to do this: Kieron Pollard after 31-ball 83 vs KXIPAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow Kieron PollardFollow 2019 World CupFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Kings XI Punjabcenter_img No data available! advertisement view more view lesslast_img

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