West Indies in India 2011-12 December 11, 2011

Pollard must cut back on T20 for first-class - Bishop

While a bigger dose of first-class cricket would only help Kieron Pollard's development, a promotion up the order could also aid in transforming him from a mere big-hitter into a more rounded batsman
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With just 80 runs from four games in the series against India, at an average nearly on par with his career average, the pressure on West Indies' Kieron Pollard to live up to his billing as a power hitter capable of changing a game is ever increasing. When the opportunity arose in Indore to play a lengthy innings, he faltered yet again. This raised the question as to whether he is capable of shedding the tag of a Twenty20 specialist, and if he's capable of holding his place in an XI that has allrounders of similar pedigree, like the promising Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, who is likely to return after regaining fitness.

If West Indies are keen on handing Pollard a more responsible role as a batsman, then they could use the final one-dayer in Chennai, a dead rubber, to start a new experiment that could have long-term benefits.

Promotions aren't usually awarded to underachievers - at least in the corporate world - but sport allows exceptions. Though Pollard hasn't played Tests, he figures regularly in the one-day set-up, since debuting in April 2007. His numbers as a one-day international batsman, though, don't make for flattering reading - 50 matches, 947 runs at an average of 21.52 with a 0% conversion rate to go with his four half-centuries. His saving grace is his strike-rate of 101.50.

But is it really his fault that he can't come up with bigger numbers? The hidden fact is that Pollard has batted at Nos.6 and 7 a combined 35 times, representing an overwhelming majority of his one-day appearances. The highest he has ever batted is No.4, which was only on one occasion. He has been at his most productive at No.5 - in eight innings he averages 31.25, with a strike-rate of 152.43. His personal best of 94 off 55 balls, against Ireland in the World Cup earlier this year, came from this slot.

Statistical evidence should give voice to the need for Pollard to get a promotion. Ian Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler, now a television commentator, believes it's time for Pollard's teams - Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, Mumbai Indians to name a few - to reassess their plans for him, if they want to maximise his potential as a batsman.

"If his teams are seriously thinking of developing his game, they have to start thinking of pushing him up the order and allowing him to develop a more long term view of his batting," Bishop told ESPNcricinfo. "With his power, if he can build an innings and get set there will be more benefit in terms of maximising a Powerplay or finishing an innings, as opposed to coming in late and trying to go for it straightaway - over time this has proven to be more difficult for him."

Bishop feels Pollard still has a presence in the one-day setup. "I still think there is a place for him [in the ODI team]," Bishop said. "If you look at the last two ODIs, they [West Indies] played with a number of allrounders, expecting Pollard to deliver with the bat but he hasn't done that. He has to realise that if Bravo comes back and Russell continues to develop, his place might become a liability. So he needs to start delivering more."

Pollard has been pigeonholed as a finisher, a notion that automatically slots him into the lower middle-order. His IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians, mysteriously slotted him at No.8 in the 2010 final against Chennai Super Kings, where his 10-ball 27 wasn't enough to see them through in the chase.

It could be that teams only see him as a lower-order hitter who can bowl. If Pollard is to inspire confidence for a promotion, Bishop feels that the batsman should start playing more first-class cricket. "He has to start playing more first-class cricket," Bishop said. "He has played so little first-class cricket over the last two seasons, so I think he has forgotten the how to build an innings.

"I've seen a couple of attempts to start building an innings recently but he's still on auto-pilot - he's thinking of spending time at the crease but subconsciously he thinking about going for the big shots, as that is what he's known for in the last two years. He is limited in his strokeplay, where he tries to strike the ball hard down the ground or to midwicket. What other strokes does he have? Maybe a little tuck off the legs, but his offside play hasn't developed in the way that it should. Playing spin, good quality spin, is also an issue."

Bishop is confident that Pollard has the desire to redevelop his game to suit all formats, but the initiative has to come from within.

"A lot of the responsibility is going to fall on Kieron alone. He has been in huge demand in Twenty20s and will continue to be," Bishop said. "I believe he is hungry to lift his game to another level. You can tell a lot about a player's desire by the way they field. You don't have to put your body on the line all the time but Kieron does that, so he has the appetite and desire to improve. But he won't improve until he makes a sacrifice and plays more first-class cricket. It may mean that he will have to turn down more Twenty20 gigs, which generally clash with first-class cricket in the Caribbean or elsewhere, but he has to make that decision.

"West Indies will only pick him on form. He is an intelligent, articulate individual. From talking to him, I believe he has the desire to play the longer format of the game. He has to make a sacrifice and say 'I've made a lot of money over the last couple of years but I will have to play more first-class cricket to take my game to another level.'"

The question remains if Pollard can actually prioritise, putting West Indies above all else.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • muski on December 12, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Guys who call Sehwag a Flat Track Bully- Put this innings of Pollard in perspective and think of what Sehwag has done. For one such Innings the heavens have been opened for Pollard. As someone rightly said, maybe the next 100 will come by 2015. Afridi or Pollard might hit sixes with more regularity or ease. That does not make them great batsmen. You have to score runs regularly and make your team wiin regularly . For those who have missed the stats please read Andy Zaltzman's blog of Sehwags value to Indian teams ODI wins.

  • anilagrahari on December 12, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Oh Common! Pollard is nothing but just a slogger. If you have to be a top order bats man then you need to find the gaps and not just slog once a over and play 3-4 dot balls.If you see his last hundred he did exactly the same, that shows he just don't know the art of finding gaps for singles and that's why he has so much of failure than success.

  • butterBum on December 12, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    simple if pollard does what he does best at number three in (test,1day,20/20) west indies WIN % will get facelift .....period!

  • Metman on December 12, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    Hey ! what ever happened to all you Narine backers ? Have you all now retreated to the comforts of the woodwork ? No , I am not singling out him,actually I am replying to those who SINGLED him out for special mention after he got 2 for 34 in his debut match ...like that was some brilliant bowling performance.I told you to wait till the end of the series,before you pass judgement.Why would anyone want to singled out Narine remains a MYSTERY !The man has NOT achieved anything YET ! After 3 ODI's, 3 wickets at 40.33,and in only 3 First class matches,3 wickets at 35.33,and trinis are saying this man should have been playing test cricket.Had it not for the generousity of the Indians (a 3rd string bowling attack without Ashwin,today),players like the same Pollard and the self centred Ramdin,would have been scrambling to hold on to their places all like now as trinis according to Riad Hosein( himself a trini),continue to contribute more than anyone else to the decline of WI cricket.

  • simonviller on December 12, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    This time Bishop is correct ! Walsh said the same thing the last time I heard him speak on the matter . I agree with these men,because I made a similar statement in an earlier post about one" Dwayne Smith ", who suffered the same fate as Pollard ,of batting too far down the order . Smith one of ,if not ,the most talented player of recent w.i history ,was incorrectly utilised in the line-up and was expected to win matches from as low as NO;9 ,AS A RESULT his batting failed and he lost his place in the team . It took stints around the world to help restore his con fidence ,to the point where his is now back in the fold . This is the guy who should open the batting in a team which includes Pollar and Russell etc; Great fielder ,good bowler and batsman who can only strengthen the team .

  • kalyankk1985 on December 11, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    alune : but Afridi never delivered when it was required :P check the record books :P ICC T20 world cup finL 2007, WORLD CUP 2011 ..... AND SO ON ... :P

  • agupta429 on December 11, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    @tristan ... now thats a healthy WIndian team! .. except id replace Dinesh Ramdin with Carlton Baugh .. Baugh was very impressive in his keeping skills in the tests.

  • on December 11, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    My ideal XI would be: Simmons, Gayle, Bravo Jnr,Sarwan, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo Snr,Ramdin,Russell, Edwards, Rampaul.

  • on December 11, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    In the hindsight, I feel Pollard not able to finish today's match would do good to him as a cricketer, as this will help him to mature as a cricketer and make him more responsible . as fan of WI cricket I would like to see them play more like they played today ..imagine.. WI team with Gayle, Bravo, Pollard & Russel together...deadly.. They can be a dominant team again..and can scare any team.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    I agree with Deenesh, he scored a century, the first he's made for WI and it does so after playing many many matches. Then everyone comes out of the closet saying how good he is etc etc and that he should bat higher. Well i've got news for you, after playing so many matches, eventually a player is going to take a few wickets or score a 50 or a hundred. I have seen this many times over 25 years of watching cricket. Pollard will now not do anything for the next 7 or 8 matches then suddenly when they are considering dropping him he'll score highly. Remind anyone of Stuart Broad and Collingwood? they were famous for that and Broad still does it....has several bad matches then suddenly does well.

  • muski on December 12, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Guys who call Sehwag a Flat Track Bully- Put this innings of Pollard in perspective and think of what Sehwag has done. For one such Innings the heavens have been opened for Pollard. As someone rightly said, maybe the next 100 will come by 2015. Afridi or Pollard might hit sixes with more regularity or ease. That does not make them great batsmen. You have to score runs regularly and make your team wiin regularly . For those who have missed the stats please read Andy Zaltzman's blog of Sehwags value to Indian teams ODI wins.

  • anilagrahari on December 12, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Oh Common! Pollard is nothing but just a slogger. If you have to be a top order bats man then you need to find the gaps and not just slog once a over and play 3-4 dot balls.If you see his last hundred he did exactly the same, that shows he just don't know the art of finding gaps for singles and that's why he has so much of failure than success.

  • butterBum on December 12, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    simple if pollard does what he does best at number three in (test,1day,20/20) west indies WIN % will get facelift .....period!

  • Metman on December 12, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    Hey ! what ever happened to all you Narine backers ? Have you all now retreated to the comforts of the woodwork ? No , I am not singling out him,actually I am replying to those who SINGLED him out for special mention after he got 2 for 34 in his debut match ...like that was some brilliant bowling performance.I told you to wait till the end of the series,before you pass judgement.Why would anyone want to singled out Narine remains a MYSTERY !The man has NOT achieved anything YET ! After 3 ODI's, 3 wickets at 40.33,and in only 3 First class matches,3 wickets at 35.33,and trinis are saying this man should have been playing test cricket.Had it not for the generousity of the Indians (a 3rd string bowling attack without Ashwin,today),players like the same Pollard and the self centred Ramdin,would have been scrambling to hold on to their places all like now as trinis according to Riad Hosein( himself a trini),continue to contribute more than anyone else to the decline of WI cricket.

  • simonviller on December 12, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    This time Bishop is correct ! Walsh said the same thing the last time I heard him speak on the matter . I agree with these men,because I made a similar statement in an earlier post about one" Dwayne Smith ", who suffered the same fate as Pollard ,of batting too far down the order . Smith one of ,if not ,the most talented player of recent w.i history ,was incorrectly utilised in the line-up and was expected to win matches from as low as NO;9 ,AS A RESULT his batting failed and he lost his place in the team . It took stints around the world to help restore his con fidence ,to the point where his is now back in the fold . This is the guy who should open the batting in a team which includes Pollar and Russell etc; Great fielder ,good bowler and batsman who can only strengthen the team .

  • kalyankk1985 on December 11, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    alune : but Afridi never delivered when it was required :P check the record books :P ICC T20 world cup finL 2007, WORLD CUP 2011 ..... AND SO ON ... :P

  • agupta429 on December 11, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    @tristan ... now thats a healthy WIndian team! .. except id replace Dinesh Ramdin with Carlton Baugh .. Baugh was very impressive in his keeping skills in the tests.

  • on December 11, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    My ideal XI would be: Simmons, Gayle, Bravo Jnr,Sarwan, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo Snr,Ramdin,Russell, Edwards, Rampaul.

  • on December 11, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    In the hindsight, I feel Pollard not able to finish today's match would do good to him as a cricketer, as this will help him to mature as a cricketer and make him more responsible . as fan of WI cricket I would like to see them play more like they played today ..imagine.. WI team with Gayle, Bravo, Pollard & Russel together...deadly.. They can be a dominant team again..and can scare any team.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    I agree with Deenesh, he scored a century, the first he's made for WI and it does so after playing many many matches. Then everyone comes out of the closet saying how good he is etc etc and that he should bat higher. Well i've got news for you, after playing so many matches, eventually a player is going to take a few wickets or score a 50 or a hundred. I have seen this many times over 25 years of watching cricket. Pollard will now not do anything for the next 7 or 8 matches then suddenly when they are considering dropping him he'll score highly. Remind anyone of Stuart Broad and Collingwood? they were famous for that and Broad still does it....has several bad matches then suddenly does well.

  • PACERONE on December 11, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Why do W.I players who make money are always criticized? Pollard made 3 first class centuries before he became a20/20 star. The young man made the correct decision to look after himself and family before fickle W.I fans and WICB.If W.I want to utilize his talents now he is in a position to play under their conditions and not regret it.Another vilified play...Gayle..played at the start of his career with a heart problem.How dedicated is that?Gayle's batting averages in test and first class compares favorable with batsmen like Ian Chappell,Hussein,Atherton,Gattin,Gooch and many other batsmen who are considered greats.Why is he considered less favorable than these players.He also bowled,and these did not.Pollard and Gayle on the same well run team would be dangerous in every form of the game.Kevin Peterson is mostly a leg-side player.Smith is the same.They do not get pigeon holed.Some batsmen get dropped early and are considered good.Pollard is a great fielder that can catch.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Today Pollard proved that he is not just a slogger,Ian Bishop and Mr Balachandran have been proven correct in their assessment of Pollard,to belittle his performance because he was dropped by Kholi on 99 is nonsense,wasn't Sehwag dropped by Sammy on 170 did it take away from his acheivement,besides pollard got a bad decision on 35 in game 3 and was caught on the boundary with a blinder on 27 in game 4,you could see it coming. I predict he will now do like Darren Bravo and push on to greatness.

  • bruciewalker on December 11, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    I'm pretty sure Pollard made it public about 2 (maybe 3) years ago that his plan was to spend a few years focussing on T20 cricket so that he could secure himself financially, then look to spend more time playing FC (& possibly test) cricket. Perhaps that time has come now.

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    I don't know how often batsmen batting at number 6&7 score 100's in ODI cricket...

    also apart from michael bevan and greg blewet, how had over 40 not outs each to bolster there averages... people hatting that low do not average over 30.....

    the fact that Pollard averages 31.... from the 35 times he has batted at number 4&5.... suggests that he should move up the order... the West Indies do not need him to be a slugger late in the innings.... we have many players who can fill that role...

  • Metman on December 11, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Placing Pollard higher up the order would solve NOTHING ! The simple fact is that he scores most of his his runs by SLOGGING against bowling not up to Int'l standards ...like he did today,with an Indian attack minus those who played in the WC,minus those who played in the 2nd.string attack in the WI earlier,and even minus Ashwin today.That attack is a typical IPL attack.Pollard DOES NOT need to come higher to build an innings,all he needs is about 36 or less balls to do just that.....his highest scores ALL come in less balls faced ,check the stats.As Bishop said,Pollard needs an extended run in 4 day cricket against better bowling attacks where he could be forced to build an innings for more than six overs or so.Sending him up the order at this stage to build an innings,when he only knows one way of scoring runs , will be catastrophic... he would be a sitting duck for most Int'l teams.By the way,all his backers ,are expected to be out of the woodwork like termites this evening.

  • alune on December 11, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    @Muski & atthipatti: Yes, I can imagine you guys speaking against Afridi as he always makes his presence feel whenever he plays against India.. check out the record books, especially remember that hundred that he scored just of forty balls...

  • Vilander on December 11, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Pollard deserved MoM why was it not given ? Two batsmen remained at the crease during indian innings so Tiwary although did extreemly well he was over shadowed by pollard. Pollard was the last man out, till he was notout WI had a chance.

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    he plays one good innings and look at the hype, sorry to say but I predict years before Pollard gets another hundred

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    poor sammy...it's high time to bring back Gayle and Sarwan.WI can afford to leave two players of their caliber.Best of luck WI :)

  • Desisd on December 11, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Congrats India. Good fight by West Indies in ODI series as compared with below average England side. West Indies can only go forward by dropping Sammy from ODI side; In this series Sammy scored 48 runs in 5 innings and only bowled 22 overs (econ 6.1) took 1 wicket and dropped 6 catches. He needs a break from ODIĀ“s.

  • GravyMon on December 11, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Congrats to Kieron Pollard! It's was just a matter of time once given the chance to bat longer innings. These occasional performances, like Pollard's today, remind us of what talent is available, but as a combined cricketing nation we need to put our differences aside and get the best combination of players and leadership out on the field of play. We need to stop stroking our own personal egos and place WI cricket out front on the drawing board. Once that is done results will improve.

    This past Bangladesh/India campaign has been a revelation on many levels. Hopefully, those responsible for WI cricket have learnt something from it and are prepared to suck it up and put WI cricket first. We can start by shutting down the "Darren Sammy Experiment" and getting a balanced team and better leadership out there on the pitch. Recent team selection also left much to be desired, but we do have enough talent to really compete at the top level. Now, if we can only get our thumbs out of our butts!

  • cric4life88 on December 11, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    @ NRADEE and Rahul_78...I agree with you guys a bit but I would say that I'm happy that he clicked even after 50 ODI games. Ian's point is to be taken seriously though because that is how a player can become better. In his case, it is upto him that he wants to play at the highest level and earn respect all around the world or do what he does best which is play tournaments around the world and make that dough. Don't forget he is 24 yrs old, so if he pauses for a moment has word with whom ever he wants to and does a little soul searching, I think most of them would say he should get serious about representing WI more than anything. He could slog and he could play proper shots, if he goes back and focuses on playing first class and assure the board that he is capable of playing some serious cricket then no one can stop him. I think he still has chance to do that unlike Gayle who is 30 now, that not I'm saying Gayle has no chance but I'm just saying he has that factor of still being young

  • TheLight on December 11, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Pollard is a very young man and has much to contribute to WI cricket. There are some who are still unconvinced after this superb inning......just goes to show that you are damned if you do and damned if you don't............ with these so called supporters who just like the WICB are destroying WI cricket.

  • atthipatti on December 11, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    @Muski....dude I'm OK if you rate Pollard as average, but please don't draw comparisons between Pollard and some useless joker.....Pollard may sue you!!! I personally feel Pollard can only get better from hereupon....

  • noplay on December 11, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Look friends, Pollard made a hundred against a set of bits and pieces bowlers. Enjoy it for what it is and and forget about a career in tests

  • muski on December 11, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Guys- I would like to stand corrected from my earlier stand. I still believe Pollard is a highly overrated bloke. Notwithstanding that opinion, in this current WI line up for tests and ODI's he shouldl be an automatic choice as he always gives you the atleast one inning lin 10 failures like the one he produced today. It is better than somebody who never clicks. Well for his hundred today, I guess he owes Virat a Drink at the end of the day. Even the Gods were mighty pleased with his effortless hitting that they thought he deserved his hundred

  • TheLight on December 11, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    How much longer will WICB and the WI selectors punish us with Sammy? He has no place in a WI ODI lineup. Pleeeeeease spare us from anymore of him. We may have stood a better chance if he was not in the team.

  • on December 11, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    A good individual effort, but I am in no way impressed. 1st century after 51 ODIs, with all the hype this guy has received. Pollard should have won that match for the WI. That's the least he could have done. Prior to this innings Pollard's last 18 ODI innings have 8 scores of less than 5. Batting higher in the order is not the solution. Pollard needs to produce more consistently whenever he goes to the crease. Consistency is the name of the game. And have u noticed, his bowling has suffered the say fate as Dwayne Bravo's

  • passionate_cricket_follower on December 11, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    i'd like to see this man in WI test lineup very soon. he has the potential to be a sehwag, or a gilchrist, or even get near viv richards in test cricket. more discipline and application is required though to come near these greats.

  • SenorPepper on December 11, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Uh Oh! Looks like Mr. Bishop and Mr. Balachandran were on to something. Sweetly struck sixes - and a couple of muscled ones - made watching the match such a delight. It's a pity Andre ran himself out in Kamikaze fashion or else it could have been a closer contest. Hopefully after buying Rahane an expensive dinner, Kohli can sleep soundly tonight.

  • Silloh on December 11, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Congrats India ! West Indies have shown some fortitude in the matches and that is very positive. But inconsistency of individuals' performances continues to be an issue, and at this level the players need to get their act together. All these sparkling individual inconsistent performances highlight their potential and collective capability of the team. In any job if you are inconsistent repeatedly , it's either you are terminated or trained and developed. What is required is a thorough assessment with certain set criteria of the individuals' performances, including fitness level , and determine a way forward. In the process there will be changes. Too many comments apparently emotional. eg. I will say Darren Sammy should be the West Indies captain for test matches and not one dayers but what do the statistics indicate ? For India there are a number of promising players but will their flat pitches in India do injustice to the players ? We will see when they play Australia . Good luck

  • shrastogi on December 11, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    One would tend to agree. The type of clean hitting that he has shown today shows that though it was his day he doesnt need batting power play to play big shots and he plays them with some ease. If he bats up the order he needs to mix hitting with innings building. The way WI lower order has batted in this series just shows if their top order had competed better (today they had 2 rough decisions though) Indians could have been in more trouble. This WI side is talented. At least in bowling and lower order batting but I dont see a place for Sammy as captain in the team until unless he contributes meatily. If Gayle mends his ways and becomes part of this side one may not see WI being steamrolled as they have been in past.

  • on December 11, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Congrats to Pollard ,Yes Pollard made his maiden century, but he is rather inconsistent, and I am not convinced , waiting to see how long we have to wait wait to get a repeat of such a performance 4 innings , ...Sammy is just ridiculous 50 runs from 5 innings, come on now, as a captain he has to lead from the front either with bat or ball or fielding. fact is he had led from the back...W.I Cricket board how long will we have to deal with this mediocre performance... ? Hope you can answer the fans...

  • Coraline_Jones on December 11, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Now i think all of you got answers for your questions. Pollard is a very good batsman, I know this b4 Polly played his first ODI in world cup. I watched that match just to see pollard, I know then only that this fellow will make it big one day. I expected him to grow as big as Viv... but he let me down. This shld be the beginning. come on pollard are u listening?? Crowd in India really enjoyed pollard's century. he is just like another Indian player almost. and abt sammy I really appreciate him. He is the most passionate WI cricket i have seen out of all captains in recent period including the gr8 Lara.

  • on December 11, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    I am happy he finally made his maiden International century,He has potential but needs to play more cricket and probably bat higher up the order,the more time he spend in the middle will actually help him to develop his game.

  • on December 11, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    To his detractors. Did u see how he played today?

  • FairGameFan on December 11, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Higher up the order? How about not in team at all? People complain about Sammy, while this overrated slogger should be asked to stay in the team. Give me a bloody break. There is only room for one all-rounder in the side, and we are still searching for that one. Sammy will lose his place in the ODI team. Russell another slogger/below par bowler. Dwayne Bravo is the best batsman of the lot, but whose bowling has become so bad he had become a liability to the team. WI need tall bowlers who hit the deck hard and move it off the seam. Not more of the likes of Taylor, Edwards and Roach, who have pace but are all kiss the deck bowlers.

  • NBRADEE on December 11, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Rahul_78 - the worst assessment ever of a player situation, my friend! I think that Kierron Pollard has always been only a powerful hitter, if he connects with the ball, and everyone in any league he plays in knows this - which is why he bats where he does! His bowling is not improving, and he has been in several set ups where he could try to learn yorkers (akin to others with his stature, e.g. Garner and Flintoff), off-cutters, swing; check this morning's stats to see if I'm wrong. 2012 will be his swansong, especially if he gets into the T20 WC and fails. A highly paid cheerleader he is, and that's all...

  • on December 11, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    WHAT PURPOSE IS SAMMY SERVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • VivGilchrist on December 11, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I've been saying it for ages that Pollard should open the batting in ODIs with the field up for the first ten overs. He is not an all-rounder. He is a batsman that bowls part-time 110 kph powder puffs. It is actually unfair to label him an all-rounder. Bishop is right though, if Pollard is serious and wants to be more than a T20 mercenary (aka Shaun Tait) he needs to play more first-class cricket. He has potential and could be a destructive Test batsman if he applies himself. He should be financially set now, so maybe a season or 2 away from T20 and playing first-class cricket could change his career.

  • Rahul_78 on December 11, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    I doubt Ian Bishops assessment of Pollard. The million dollar question is how keen Pollard is to play for West Indies. All the other questions about him being given a more exposure or giving him opportunity to perform better comes latter. Pollard along with other fews has made it abundantly clear that he prefers his club and T20 bounty over his country when he choose not to sign the central contract. If Imran or Border would have been captaining WIs they would have made it clear of not picking any of such players who prefer clubs over country irrespective of however talented they might be. Besides Pollard is sub international standard bully who thrives on lesser bowlers who play in IPL and similar tournaments in T20 format which is tailor made for power hitters with field restrictions, flat pitches and shorter boudries. It is not for lack of opportunity that his international record even in T20 is ordinary.Give me less talented but immensely passionate Sammy over Pollard any day.

  • on December 11, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Correctly pointed out Ian. He has to make a difference with the bat. He has been one of those overhyped (IPL/CLT20 ) guys how have'nt played any significant knock in International cricket. I guess he is not even working on the flaws in his batting

  • on December 11, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I agree with Mr.Bishop.Pollard has to concentrate on 4 day cricket a lot.Right now he seems to be heading the way of a T20 specialist and a bits and pieces One Day Cricketer.

  • Neeta on December 11, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    West Indies should open the innings with Kieron Pollard and giive him the maximum no. of overs to maximise his potentialof power hitting.The Ideal West Indies Squad should be 1)Chris Gayle( He is a must in the WI team ), 2)Lendl Simmons,3)Shiv 4)Kieran Powell 5)Darren Bravo 6)Dwayne Bravo 7)Denesh Ramdin 8)Darren Sammy 9)Andre Russell 10)Ravi Rampaul 11)Kemar Roach 12)Sunil Naraine 13)Marlon Samuels 14)Jerome Taylor 15)Kieron Pollard.This will be the best possibe Windies Squad.No place for Adrian Barath as he is too much out of form and how on Earth is West Indies carrying Danza Hyatt with the team is beyond any comprehension and will Any Windies Suporter tell me what has become of promising players like Daren Ganga, Runako Morton, Ryan Hinds Jermaine Lawson Corey Colleymore Pedro Collins etc. because West Indies have too much of a talent to be languishing at the bottom of the ICC Rankings. Wish all the luck to Windies Cricket.

  • muski on December 11, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Does not really matter. A highly overrated bloke who would fail to win a berth in any or our Ranji Sides. A guy like Afridi who was rated similarly in the past has no become a spin bowler. Hopefully Pollard will switch his trade to bowling and maybe he gets successful at it.

  • harshilpatel on December 11, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    pollard and yusuf pathan have the same problem -the consistency but in my point of view this batsman is critical in the team set up.they had responsibility of hitting 6s&4s in the slog overs.but if choise is between this two i will pick the yusuf pathan he has scored 810 runs with strike rate of 113.6!he has two big century with high score of 123*. he smashed 62 4s & 43 6s.

  • chilled_avenger on December 11, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Pollard actually needs to bat down the order..........preferably at No.14 or 15! Frankly I don't know why the management is persisting with him when they already have an all-rounder like Andre Russell who is not only more explosive than Pollard(Check his Strike rate) but can also be counted on to perform more consistently with bat! Oh,and did I mentioned that he is a much better bowler too?

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  • chilled_avenger on December 11, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Pollard actually needs to bat down the order..........preferably at No.14 or 15! Frankly I don't know why the management is persisting with him when they already have an all-rounder like Andre Russell who is not only more explosive than Pollard(Check his Strike rate) but can also be counted on to perform more consistently with bat! Oh,and did I mentioned that he is a much better bowler too?

  • harshilpatel on December 11, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    pollard and yusuf pathan have the same problem -the consistency but in my point of view this batsman is critical in the team set up.they had responsibility of hitting 6s&4s in the slog overs.but if choise is between this two i will pick the yusuf pathan he has scored 810 runs with strike rate of 113.6!he has two big century with high score of 123*. he smashed 62 4s & 43 6s.

  • muski on December 11, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Does not really matter. A highly overrated bloke who would fail to win a berth in any or our Ranji Sides. A guy like Afridi who was rated similarly in the past has no become a spin bowler. Hopefully Pollard will switch his trade to bowling and maybe he gets successful at it.

  • Neeta on December 11, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    West Indies should open the innings with Kieron Pollard and giive him the maximum no. of overs to maximise his potentialof power hitting.The Ideal West Indies Squad should be 1)Chris Gayle( He is a must in the WI team ), 2)Lendl Simmons,3)Shiv 4)Kieran Powell 5)Darren Bravo 6)Dwayne Bravo 7)Denesh Ramdin 8)Darren Sammy 9)Andre Russell 10)Ravi Rampaul 11)Kemar Roach 12)Sunil Naraine 13)Marlon Samuels 14)Jerome Taylor 15)Kieron Pollard.This will be the best possibe Windies Squad.No place for Adrian Barath as he is too much out of form and how on Earth is West Indies carrying Danza Hyatt with the team is beyond any comprehension and will Any Windies Suporter tell me what has become of promising players like Daren Ganga, Runako Morton, Ryan Hinds Jermaine Lawson Corey Colleymore Pedro Collins etc. because West Indies have too much of a talent to be languishing at the bottom of the ICC Rankings. Wish all the luck to Windies Cricket.

  • on December 11, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I agree with Mr.Bishop.Pollard has to concentrate on 4 day cricket a lot.Right now he seems to be heading the way of a T20 specialist and a bits and pieces One Day Cricketer.

  • on December 11, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Correctly pointed out Ian. He has to make a difference with the bat. He has been one of those overhyped (IPL/CLT20 ) guys how have'nt played any significant knock in International cricket. I guess he is not even working on the flaws in his batting

  • Rahul_78 on December 11, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    I doubt Ian Bishops assessment of Pollard. The million dollar question is how keen Pollard is to play for West Indies. All the other questions about him being given a more exposure or giving him opportunity to perform better comes latter. Pollard along with other fews has made it abundantly clear that he prefers his club and T20 bounty over his country when he choose not to sign the central contract. If Imran or Border would have been captaining WIs they would have made it clear of not picking any of such players who prefer clubs over country irrespective of however talented they might be. Besides Pollard is sub international standard bully who thrives on lesser bowlers who play in IPL and similar tournaments in T20 format which is tailor made for power hitters with field restrictions, flat pitches and shorter boudries. It is not for lack of opportunity that his international record even in T20 is ordinary.Give me less talented but immensely passionate Sammy over Pollard any day.

  • VivGilchrist on December 11, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I've been saying it for ages that Pollard should open the batting in ODIs with the field up for the first ten overs. He is not an all-rounder. He is a batsman that bowls part-time 110 kph powder puffs. It is actually unfair to label him an all-rounder. Bishop is right though, if Pollard is serious and wants to be more than a T20 mercenary (aka Shaun Tait) he needs to play more first-class cricket. He has potential and could be a destructive Test batsman if he applies himself. He should be financially set now, so maybe a season or 2 away from T20 and playing first-class cricket could change his career.

  • on December 11, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    WHAT PURPOSE IS SAMMY SERVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NBRADEE on December 11, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Rahul_78 - the worst assessment ever of a player situation, my friend! I think that Kierron Pollard has always been only a powerful hitter, if he connects with the ball, and everyone in any league he plays in knows this - which is why he bats where he does! His bowling is not improving, and he has been in several set ups where he could try to learn yorkers (akin to others with his stature, e.g. Garner and Flintoff), off-cutters, swing; check this morning's stats to see if I'm wrong. 2012 will be his swansong, especially if he gets into the T20 WC and fails. A highly paid cheerleader he is, and that's all...