Kieron Pollard intimidated former Australian wrist-spinner Brad Hogg, who recalled an instance when the big-hitting all-rounder of Mumbai Indians hit a ball bowled by him and just the sheer power behind the shot had prompted the bowler to change his tactics.
Kieron Pollard had scored 279 runs last season averaging a healthy 34.87. He has amassed 2755 runs in 148 matches averaging a decent 28.69 besides taking 56 wickets averaging 31.6. He did not bowl in 2018 and 2019 and have not picked up a wicket since 2016.
Kieron Pollard’s Hitting Concerned Brad Hogg But He Bowled With Courage And Was Greeted With Powerful Shot
Kieron Pollard is one of the players who have played for only one franchise Mumbai Indians throughout his IPL career and has contributed with ball and bat besides being a liveware on the field.
“It was game 12 in the IPL 2012 and we were playing the Mumbai Indians in the Wankhede Stadium. Rayudu and Pollard had been building a partnership and I had been brought into the attack. I was concerned about Pollard’s big muscles but with courage I pitched the ball up and bowled a wrong-un and Kieron Pollard absolutely loved it,” Brad Hogg said on his YouTube Channel.
“He smashed the ball straight down the wicket and instead of coming to me, it went to his mate Rayudu who was backing up. But I was scared by the power of his shot. I could have got the wicket of Pollard but I was scared.”
In the match, Brad Hogg, playing for the Rajasthan Royals, finished with 2/31, but Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu’s 96-run stand partnership for the fourth wicket helped MI post 197/6.
The West Indian scored 64 off 33 balls with six fours and four sixes as MI won the match by 27 runs. Rajasthan Royals could score only 170 as apart from Ajinkya Rahane’s 40 and Owais Shah’s 76 the others failed to cross even 20. The West Indian again played his part by taking 4 wickets conceding 44 runs.
Brad Hogg Highlighted Kieron Pollard’s Importance In MI Line-up As He Puts Team First By Setting High Fielding Standards
Brad Hogg went on to highlight Kieron Pollard’s importance in the Mumbai Indians camp, saying the West Indian all-rounder keeps the team ahead of him, which is one of the reasons behind the team’s success over the past so many years. Having joined MI in 2010, he has scored 2755 runs from 148 games with 14 half-centuries.
“Why have Mumbai Indians invested so heavily in Kieron Pollard? Firstly, because he is a team man. He puts the team first; he has great team values and puts his body on the line. That diving catches to left and to the right, for a big man he is very athletic and he saves a lot of runs,” Hogg added.
“The crowd gets involved whenever he is in action. And that is one of the major plus points for the franchise because it is not just about the cricket out there you need the entertainers to stand up and he is one of them,” Brad Hogg stated.
The Trinidadian muscular Kieron Pollard has seen Mumbai Indians emerge champions and he has also seen them struggle. It is very clear that he is central to MI’s hopes and the team management and the owners have immense faith in his all-round ability.