Kieron Pollard has been named Mumbai Indians captain for the Champions League Twenty20 after Rohit Sharma was ruled out with several injuries.

Pollard has been along with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL from the Season 3, and has earned a seniority in the team. Pollard’s success as the captain having led the Barbados Tridents to title triumph in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has been very well-appreciated for his captaincy.

Pollard played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians’ triumph, during the 2013 IPL Season in which he smashed 29 sixes, which enabled Mumbai Indians to grab their maiden IPL Title. Pollard’s career in the Mumbai Indians team spans over nearly 96 matches, scoring more than 1,700 runs with over 100 sixes, with more than 63 wickets to his credit. He was also adjudged the Man of the Match in the 2013 IPL final because of his overall brilliant display.

Chief Mentor for Mumbai Indians, Anil Kumble commented over Pollard’s appointing as their team captain, “We will definitely feel Rohit’s absence in the team and wish him well. However, I strongly believe, that you can only be as good as the opportunities you get; and I am confident that Kieron with his varied experience and impressive track record, will rise to the occasion, and align the Mumbai Indians for a competitive performance“.

After being appointed as the Captain of the Mumbai Indians team, Kieron Pollard commented, “It is very unfortunate that Rohit will be unable to lead the team, and I take this opportunity to wish him a fast comeback. I truly understand that it is a huge honor and a privilege to captain the vibrant Mumbai Indians side, and thank the team management for bestowing their faith in me. I am aware of the great expectations ahead of us. However, I am confident that together, we will face the challenges, and work towards retaining the glory and the stature of the Mumbai Indians team.