West Indies recruit Kieron Pollard, who’s playing for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians has expressed satisfaction over teams performance in the recent past by saying Mumbai Indians should stay focused for the upcoming crucial games and there is no need to lose the calm after topping the points table while losing out on couple of games.
“There is no need to panic. We will keep our heads high. We have qualified and the first step in every tournament is qualification. We have not taken our foot off the gas,” Pollard was quoted as saying by PTI.
Mumbai Indians allrounder Kieron Pollard, who smashed a 24-ball 50, in a losing cause, as visitors Kings XI Punjab eked out a seven-run win to see hosts losing their second straight match after becoming the first team to qualify for the play-offs stage, in the ongoing Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition.
The 30-year-old Trinidad-born revealed the Mumbai side has shown a lot of improvement this season while revealing winning every match is a hard-fought task but added the side has made a decent comeback.
“It shows we are humans and can’t win every game. As I said we keep improving. We had sort of a dismal performance against Sunrisers (Hyderabad). We have bounced back pretty well on a good wicket. We fought,” Pollard remarked.
The two-time IPL Champions Mumbai Indians played so far 13 matches in which they claimed nine wins and lost four matches in which they were thrashed by Rising Pune Supergiant twice in this season in home and away fixture before losing out against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“(Loss) Just shows we can make mistakes as well. We lost two games in a row. If we pick up momentum and win the next three, then you will be asking how is the championship feeling,” he retorted when asked how back-to-back losses could affect the team going into the play-offs.
The table-toppers shredded the tag of slow starters following some remarkable performances from the youngsters alongside senior campaigners on the side.
“We are playing against opposition, professionals in their own right. It’s not always you will turn up and win a cricket game. As I said someone has to win, someone has to lose and we were the losing side,” Pollard added.
Pollard has further effusively praised wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who smashed unbeaten 55-ball 93 to see Kings XI Punjab posting massive total of 230 for three
“[Wriddhiman] Saha batted very well, [Glenn Maxwell] Maxi as well. They took the initiative right from the start and we knew we were in for a tough game,” Pollard explained.
Mumbai Indian’s lost their first game to Supergiant before rising to the occasion – to win six consecutive matches as it was halted by Supergiant again in Mumbai.
“It was a great game of cricket from both sides. We call it (Wankhede track) a bowlers’ graveyard. It’s good we stuck to our guns. These are the games you want going into the play-off rounds,” Pollard concluded.
In 119 matches so far, Pollard has scored 2,307 runs at an average of 29.57 which included 12 fifties. He has also bagged 56 wickets at an average of 31.60