Kieron Pollard retires from IPL, announces new role: ‘If I can’t play for MI…’ | Cricket

West Indies nice Kieron Pollard has introduced his retirement from the Indian Premier League after 13 glittering years with five-time champions Mumbai Indians. Pollard made the choice after failing to see himself in MI’s scheme of issues going ahead as MI enter a transition section. The all-rounder added that his loyalty in the direction of the franchise is such that he can’t envision himself representing another crew within the IPL. Having mentioned that, it isn’t the top of the street for Pollard at MI, with the previous West Indies captain taking on because the crew’s batting coach.

Pollard was roped in by Mumbai Indians again in 2010 after the franchise was left impressed with this explosive hitting and all-round means throughout the 2009 Champions League T20 which was held in India. In the IPL public sale that adopted, the place he had a base worth of US$ 200,000, Pollard was signed by MI for $750,000 after battling it out with three different sides Chennai Super Kings, Royals Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders. The Windies all-rounder received 5 IPL trophies with Mumbai Indians – in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. He additionally featured as a captain of the crew in six matches, the place Mumbai received 4 of the video games.

After being retained forward of 2018 season, Pollard was retained once more by MI final 12 months for 6 crore, however after a below-par season earlier this 12 months which noticed him rating simply 144 runs, the plug was pulled.

Only a handful of gamers in IPL have featured in 100 or extra video games for a single franchise. Pollard stands second on the listing of most appearances for a single membership having featured in 189 IPL matches for Mumbai Indians. Virat Kohli sits atop together with his document tally for Royal Challengers Bangalore whereas others on the listing characteristic Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011), Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians from 2013) and Lasith Malinga (who had two stints at Mumbai). In these 189 video games, he scored 3412 runs, laced with 16 fifties and picked 69 wickets, turning into one of the crucial prolific all-rounders the league ever witnessed.

Here is Keiron Pollard’s full assertion…

It hasn’t been the simplest resolution to make as I intend to maintain taking part in for a number of extra years, however following discussions with Mumbai Indians I have determined to name time on my IPL profession. I perceive that this unbelievable franchise which has achieved a lot must transition and if I’m now not to play for MI then I can’t see myself taking part in towards MI both, ‘Once an MI at all times an MI’.

This is just not an emotional goodbye to MI nonetheless as I have agreed to take up the position of batting coach within the IPL in addition to play with MI Emirates. This subsequent chapter of my profession is genuinely thrilling and permits me to transition myself too from taking part in to teaching,

I am immensely proud, honoured and blessed to have represented the largest and most profitable crew within the IPL for the previous 13 seasons. It was at all times an aspiration to play for this improbable crew and though I will miss the thrill of the IPL you get as a participant, I take consolation in figuring out that I have been lucky sufficient to have performed with a number of the finest gamers on the planet in entrance of our passionate followers. I have at all times felt and appreciated their unconditional help each on and off the sector. Together, we received the Champions League in 2011 and 2013 and the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020,

I should give large because of the Coaches, Managers and different backroom help workers we’ve got had at Mumbai Indians and who I now be part of. We wouldn’t have achieved the success through the years with out their persevering with arduous work, dedication and dedication to creating the very best setting and I sit up for emulating their profitable strategy. In specific I want to pay particular tribute to my good pal Robin Singh for his sound recommendation and steering through the years and whose very sneakers I now fill.

Most sincerely, I categorical my deep appreciation to Mukesh, Nita and Akash Ambani for their large love, help and respect I have at all times felt and for the arrogance they positioned in me. I recall our first encounter once they welcomed me with open arms saying “We are family”. Those weren’t simply mere phrases, however demonstrated by their each motion all through my time with Mumbai Indians.

Lastly, I want to say a particular thanks to my family and friends particularly my spouse, Jenna and my three lovely kids for all of the love, help and the various sacrifices they’ve made through the years and can proceed to make to permit me to fulfil my childhood dream of taking part in cricket on the highest ranges for such a very long time,

Today I make this step with hope and pleasure in the direction of the long run figuring out that I might be taking part in a task in an establishment, whose values align so intently to mine, the place “We are family”


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