Champions League 2013 October 4, 2013

IPL experience favours Mumbai Indians - Pollard

Renaldo Matadeen

Kieron Pollard believes that the semi-final clash between Mumbai Indians and Trinidad & Tobago could ultimately come down to the experience gained by the Indian side in the IPL.

Mumbai Indians booked their passage into the semis with a comprehensive win against Perth Scorchers, as a result of which, Pollard will be facing off against his T&T team-mates, who themselves come into the game on the back of a big victory against Chennai Super Kings.

"Ramdin's men know my game well but I know theirs too, so it's going to be interesting this Saturday," Pollard said. "Their batters are in form but our bowling and fielding have been disciplined. It will be a cracker."

Since joining Mumbai Indians in 2010, Pollard has gone on to become a key member of the franchise, and played an integral part in the team's Champions League triumph in 2011, as well their IPL success earlier in May.

"Four years with Mumbai Indians has been a learning experience for me," he said. "The best part is that players come and go in other teams but at Mumbai Indians, the core of the team has been same for the last four years and we have enjoyed each other's success."

Pollard also acknowledged the impact Sachin Tendulkar has had on him since he joined the team. "Sachin has helped me become a better cricketer with a lot of technical inputs. For me, it's a sheer joy watching him enjoy those gruelling training sessions even at this age. His work ethic is something that I have always respected. He's a mentor but more so, he's a good friend.

"Earlier, whenever I would come in to bat, the opposition captain would immediately bring in a spinner. That has changed now. I still get out but if the slow bowlers keep it in my arc, I am ready to hit it out of sight."

Pollard, who boasts an impressive strike rate of 149.73 in T20Is, also shrugged off claims that he was a specialist only in the shortest format of the game. "If people want to call me T20 freelancer, that's their opinion. If I try to change everything, I will be trying to change the whole world. For me, it's just a matter of what I am supposed to do and that is playing whatever format I get to play. My only priority is getting Mumbai to the CLT20 title and that's all I am focused on."

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  • VAIBHAV on October 5, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    MI will have to guard against complacency.Yes they have a more experienced squad, yes they have the star performers but T&T have the indomitable caribbean spirit and will to overcome the IPL champions.

  • Dark Man on October 5, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    T&Ts success will largely depend on how well Sunil Narine & Samuel Badree bowls... MI has some very good players of spin so it'll be a treat to watch. Hope sachin will score some runs today and help MI

  • Reagan on October 5, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I am glad in a way that Pollard is not playing for TT. His duck run will continue in today match also. Bravo and CSK out yesterday, today is Pollard and MI. We don't need egos we need heart. We will miss Sunil Narine next year if he joins another team.

  • GeoffreysMother on October 5, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Having four overseas players favours Mumbai.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I think Glenn Maxwell should be played instead of Mitchell Johnson. Delhi wicket is not suitable for Mitchell Johnson, who did not looked in the greatest of form in earlier games. Maxwell can hit some lusty blows in power play overs and his tricky off-spin will be more than handy at the Delhi pitch.

  • Android on October 5, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    the only reason 3 ipl teams r der in top 4 is because dey have 4 very well groomed Intl players . .in next CLT20 I hope all players will choose der domestic team and competition will be superb n if such thing happens I feel our IPL teams will b underdogs

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Pollard you will be happy regardless... ur flag will be flying high come 2mrw,,,,,

  • Jay on October 4, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @Gagg: The IPL teams played fairly to reach this stage. Although, I do agree that there must only be 2 IPL teams max for next year's competition. All the champions in their respective countries should automatically be in the tournament proper. The runners up can have a small qualification round to determine which two teams can progress to the main event. I would like to see champions from NZ, Pakistan, and SL directly into the main event next year.

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Pollard getting loads of money, he still praise his team more. He didnt opens mouth even for playing in National team WI. He should learn more things from Gayle.

  • Steve on October 4, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    If T&T can restrict MI to 150 or make about the same batting first, I think they have better than 50-50 chance of winning the match given their bowling strength. However, if M Johnson fires with a couple of early wkts, T&T will be in trouble since their batting strength in in the top order. All in all, should be a very interesting match.

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