Mumbai Indians shared multiple posts plus changed their display image on Twitter after one connected with their stalwarts and past West Indies captain Kieron Pollard declared his retirement from IPL on Tuesday. Pollard, which had seen a drop in from the last partners of seasons, came to be able to this decision after possessing lengthy discussions with typically the franchise. The hard-hitting all-rounder said it is not necessarily possible intended for him to play for every other franchise as that will mean turning up towards MI.
“It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as I intend to keep playing for a few more years, but following discussions with Mumbai Indians, I have decided to call time on my IPL career. 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’,” Pollard said inside an official statement distributed by MI.
Moments after the announcement, MI’s official Twitter handle started out saluting the lanky all-rounder. They first changed their particular display picture to Pollard’s photo with “Forever MI” prepared on it and after that distributed another photo of Pollard with all the trophies they have won with typically the franchise.
Pollard, the highest-capped cricketer for Mumbai Indians using 189 matches, made the debut to the franchise inside 2010. Since then, he or she has played 112 times for them, scoring 3412 runs, only second to be able to Rohit Sharma’s all-time high tally of 4709 runs.
The talismanic cricketer, however, declared that they have taken upward the role of Mumbai Indians’ batting coach all of which will participate in for the MI Emirates operation in the UAE T20 League.
“This is not an emotional goodbye to MI however as I have agreed to take up the role of batting coach in the IPL as well as play with MI Emirates. This next chapter of my career is genuinely exciting and allows me to transition myself too from playing to coaching,” he explained.
Pollard won five IPLs – the most – and one Champions League even though representing the franchise.
“I am immensely proud, honoured and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons. It was always an aspiration to play for this fantastic team and although I will miss the buzz of the IPL you get as a player, I take comfort in knowing that I have been fortunate enough to have played with some of the best players in the world in front of our passionate fans. I have always felt and appreciated their unconditional support both on and off the field. Together, we won the Champions League in 2011 and 2013 and the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020,” he said.