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  • POSTED BY tutorial on | April 16, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    I totally agreed with the last post rally_windies. A coaching change is needed immediately or WI cricket will continue to deteriorate......Gibson must go.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 15, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    @ people blaming Ottis Gibson for the failure of WI batting...

    you should take note.. (1) Ottis Gibson punished Chanderpaul for poor batting in scoring a 100, when chanders was # 1 ranked in the world at the time. (2) Ottis Gibson feel out with Desmond Haynes and beseeched the WICB to sack him as batting coach, cuz Haynes sided with Chanderpaul. (3) Kirk Ewards , Bravo, Powell, Jason Charles .. ALL broke onto the scene with a SPLASH .... they have ALL suffered confidence and technical problems only AFTER being coached by Gibson .... the longer they play under Gibson the worse their batting gets...

  • POSTED BY Cric_Info1987 on | April 14, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    1. MEK Hussey/ BR Dunk - Batsmen (Opening) - AUS 2. Corey Anderson - All Rounder (Opening)(medium) - NZ 3. Rohit Sharma - Batsmen - INDIA 4. Ambati Rayadu/CM Guatam - Batsmen + WK - INDIA 5. Aditya Tare - Batsmen - INDIA 6. Pollard - All Rounder (Medium) - WI 7. Jalaji Saxena - All Rounder (off-break) - INDIA 8. Harbhajan Singh - Bowler (Spin) - INDIA 9. Lasith Malinga / Josh Hazlewood - Bowler (fast) - SL/Aus 10. PP Ojha/ Jasprit Bumrah - Bowler (Medium pace) - INDIA 11. Zaher Khan - Bowler (Medium pace) - INDIA

  • POSTED BY mhdrhn on | April 12, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Century in first innings but not even mentioned his second innings duck in same match. not a good international player by any mean just an ipl or big bash material.

  • POSTED BY twistatwistaa on | April 12, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    pollards fitness is amazing he never misses any ipl, i havent seen him play any cricket for westindies because of injuries he had, but too come out from them and too be fit for ipl is not a ordinary thing.young players from westindies have a great example in front of them

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | April 12, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    if people still need more convincing his ODI average is significantly lower than those of Jadeja and Samit Patel. He has only 2 T20I 50s. I have no doubt he'll do well this IPL, but for all his domestic success, he is a rubbish international batsman

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | April 12, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    @ CodandChips, numbers never lie. Pollard carries very low averages in all formats, that means he is not consistent batsman.

  • POSTED BY Zaheerahmed on | April 12, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Does he really need to hit form before IPL? Its IPL and not a real thing. Go as per script.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    Good for him! May be he is a seasonal player; springs up every year during the IPL.

  • POSTED BY tutorial on | April 12, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    I totally agreed that first class cricket needs more attention and that is the correct way to develop and progress WI.cricket, but in the mean time we have test matches to play with the exception of Shiv. no other batsman is qualified to play test,everyone else are sluggers who is incapable of playing a proper cricket shot, even the first class players are sluggers they should be playing baseball. We have to work with what we have at present and yes i would try Pollard for 0ne test. the top order batting should be: Gayle, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Sarwan, Shiv and Pollard.WI. batting has deteriorated because of Gibson not t20 cricket he have the wrong concept of how to approach batting. One should look at the Indian batsman Virat Kohli who plays in all formats and constantly rotate the strike more than hitting boundaries. The slugging/ power hitting have to stop in order to develop WI.cricket.Our biggest problem is batting consistency if this is not fixed we will continue to be losers.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | April 11, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    I understand what some are saying about securing his financial future, but Pollard is now a millionaire a few times over. He's 26 and could be a vital cog for the Windies heading forward. It would've been nice to see him play out the FC season and secure his spot for the home Test series coming up. That would earn the fans respect, and now that he's a rich man, would give him the most satisfaction when his career is over.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | April 11, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    Gurdit Singh comparing Pollard to the great Viv Richards, seriously?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 11, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Only Champions support Manchester United and Pollard you are ONE CHAMPION.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Who cares! No Guyanese cricketers will be played in the the upcoming IPL games .

  • POSTED BY wjkalana on | April 11, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Yet another mediocre player from WI. After the great Brian Lara, Chandrapaul and Sarwan dont see any other good player from WI.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | April 11, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Pollard is a dangerous domestic cricketer but a poor international. His ODI average of under 25 in as many as 85 matches is rubbish, and is worse than the likes of Ravi Bopara and Yusuf Pathan. Any argument that his average should be lower because he takes risks- his strike rate is under 100. Also his T20i average is only just over 21, which isn't great (though his strike rate is high)

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    I like pollard more now due to his suport for Man Utd! Take that scousers!!

  • POSTED BY vr.mandalapu on | April 11, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    As a MI fan I feel happy about Pollard's arrival. Don't know the condition of Rayudu yet. Hope he too would be available soon.To be frank, I was so used to the team I wanted the whole of the team to be retained- of course it was not possible.Looking forward to the inaugural match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 11, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Pollard's batting style is similar to viv Richards.his average is good in FC and he could be a great test player.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    So now you can wake up Gayle...it's IPL.Nevermind World T20.......

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Why can't fans understand, that Pollard is playing in IPL & other T-20s elsewhere, primarily for securing the future financial protection for him and his family (can any of you the critical fans, or the boards give him that. If so, give; and then talk from a high moral ground); and only secondarily for the excitement of playing T-20 cricket.

    He also realises that, not only it gives him financial protection, but also gives him & his family very comfortable living for the rest of their lives. Yes, it is mercenary. But, that's life! Which many of us can only dream of (and occasionally in our negative moods use as a grit for griping about the lucky ones)

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | April 11, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    This guy who can able to perform only in short format, not fit in tests and odis. He's an absolute failure in W.Indies intl team. He just plays for IPL for that he taken rest and now perform IPL and he will get ready for IPL 2015.

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | April 11, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    It was bound to happen. He would not miss IPL at any cost. That's where him and Gayle give their 100%.

  • POSTED BY Reuelsean on | April 11, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    @vivGilchrist I agree that pollard needs to play more FC games, but i also believe that he would be a good test cricketer, I watched his inns, and it was a well played 111 when almost all the other batsmen where crumbling around him. He farmed the strike, and took real responsibility for the T&T inns. Pollard deserves a test spot.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    I see no harm in giving Pollard a test run (if he's interested). It's not as if many of the other West Indian middle order (other than Shiv and occasionally Darren Bravo) have made much of a case. His bowling is similar to Sammy's and he's a better bat. Good fielder too.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | April 11, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    @Rally_Windies, he's not a Test regular because he hardly ever plays FC cricket. He constantly puts T20 ahead of playing in whites. He cannot expect to be put in the Test team due to his lack of commitment. As for him averaging over 40 in Tests, he averages less than that in the sub-standard WI FC competition. I would like to see him play Tests but he has to EARN it.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | April 11, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    A century and a duck. Its balanced in the end.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    News about Pollard reminds me of our own Yuvraj and his recent travails.

    I wish Yuvraj Singh all the success in IPL. For his sake. For the cash strapped owner's sake (which problem, Pollard's MI's owners don't have). And, for Kohli's sake, who pushed his case with RCB, in the auction.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 11, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Why is anyone talking about IPL ?

    Pollard's exclusion from the WI Test team is total non-sense ....

    he is omitted simply because he is the best choice for Test Captain ....

    Pollard has a better 4-day average than every single Test debutante in the last 5 years except for Derren Bravo ....

    Kirk Edwards, Simmons, Barath, Deonarine, Braithwathe, Powell ..... none of those guys deserved a Test call up based on 1st class records ......(except maybe Barath at one point) ... Pollard should have been given a chance before them ..

    Pollard is 26 now .... He should have been a Test team SENIOR player by now......

    Pollard can easily hold an average of 40 batting at 6 in test cricket .....

  • POSTED BY scottyg on | April 11, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Maybe he should focus on FC cricket rather than this IPL rubbish...

  • POSTED BY drfarnsworth on | April 11, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    And he won't play another first class match for a year or two. It's a pity cos it seems like he would do well in the Test side despite his reputation as a T20 specialist.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 11, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    One man pollard can change the whole equations in IPL, without him Mumbai are not exciting....

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 11, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    i always felt something was missing in WT20-bangladesh, now i realise it was pollard...

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    his second inning score - KA Pollard lbw b Miller 0 3 2 0 0 0.00

  • POSTED BY Nuxxy on | April 11, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    His most recent score (his hundred was the 1st innings) was a 2-ball duck. To soon to call it "form"?

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    And second innings a duck

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | April 11, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    everybody hits form and becomes fit ahead of ipl, nothing new......

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  • POSTED BY tutorial on | April 16, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    I totally agreed with the last post rally_windies. A coaching change is needed immediately or WI cricket will continue to deteriorate......Gibson must go.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 15, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    @ people blaming Ottis Gibson for the failure of WI batting...

    you should take note.. (1) Ottis Gibson punished Chanderpaul for poor batting in scoring a 100, when chanders was # 1 ranked in the world at the time. (2) Ottis Gibson feel out with Desmond Haynes and beseeched the WICB to sack him as batting coach, cuz Haynes sided with Chanderpaul. (3) Kirk Ewards , Bravo, Powell, Jason Charles .. ALL broke onto the scene with a SPLASH .... they have ALL suffered confidence and technical problems only AFTER being coached by Gibson .... the longer they play under Gibson the worse their batting gets...

  • POSTED BY Cric_Info1987 on | April 14, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    1. MEK Hussey/ BR Dunk - Batsmen (Opening) - AUS 2. Corey Anderson - All Rounder (Opening)(medium) - NZ 3. Rohit Sharma - Batsmen - INDIA 4. Ambati Rayadu/CM Guatam - Batsmen + WK - INDIA 5. Aditya Tare - Batsmen - INDIA 6. Pollard - All Rounder (Medium) - WI 7. Jalaji Saxena - All Rounder (off-break) - INDIA 8. Harbhajan Singh - Bowler (Spin) - INDIA 9. Lasith Malinga / Josh Hazlewood - Bowler (fast) - SL/Aus 10. PP Ojha/ Jasprit Bumrah - Bowler (Medium pace) - INDIA 11. Zaher Khan - Bowler (Medium pace) - INDIA

  • POSTED BY mhdrhn on | April 12, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Century in first innings but not even mentioned his second innings duck in same match. not a good international player by any mean just an ipl or big bash material.

  • POSTED BY twistatwistaa on | April 12, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    pollards fitness is amazing he never misses any ipl, i havent seen him play any cricket for westindies because of injuries he had, but too come out from them and too be fit for ipl is not a ordinary thing.young players from westindies have a great example in front of them

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | April 12, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    if people still need more convincing his ODI average is significantly lower than those of Jadeja and Samit Patel. He has only 2 T20I 50s. I have no doubt he'll do well this IPL, but for all his domestic success, he is a rubbish international batsman

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | April 12, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    @ CodandChips, numbers never lie. Pollard carries very low averages in all formats, that means he is not consistent batsman.

  • POSTED BY Zaheerahmed on | April 12, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Does he really need to hit form before IPL? Its IPL and not a real thing. Go as per script.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    Good for him! May be he is a seasonal player; springs up every year during the IPL.

  • POSTED BY tutorial on | April 12, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    I totally agreed that first class cricket needs more attention and that is the correct way to develop and progress WI.cricket, but in the mean time we have test matches to play with the exception of Shiv. no other batsman is qualified to play test,everyone else are sluggers who is incapable of playing a proper cricket shot, even the first class players are sluggers they should be playing baseball. We have to work with what we have at present and yes i would try Pollard for 0ne test. the top order batting should be: Gayle, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Sarwan, Shiv and Pollard.WI. batting has deteriorated because of Gibson not t20 cricket he have the wrong concept of how to approach batting. One should look at the Indian batsman Virat Kohli who plays in all formats and constantly rotate the strike more than hitting boundaries. The slugging/ power hitting have to stop in order to develop WI.cricket.Our biggest problem is batting consistency if this is not fixed we will continue to be losers.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | April 11, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    everybody hits form and becomes fit ahead of ipl, nothing new......

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    And second innings a duck

  • POSTED BY Nuxxy on | April 11, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    His most recent score (his hundred was the 1st innings) was a 2-ball duck. To soon to call it "form"?

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    his second inning score - KA Pollard lbw b Miller 0 3 2 0 0 0.00

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 11, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    i always felt something was missing in WT20-bangladesh, now i realise it was pollard...

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 11, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    One man pollard can change the whole equations in IPL, without him Mumbai are not exciting....

  • POSTED BY drfarnsworth on | April 11, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    And he won't play another first class match for a year or two. It's a pity cos it seems like he would do well in the Test side despite his reputation as a T20 specialist.

  • POSTED BY scottyg on | April 11, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Maybe he should focus on FC cricket rather than this IPL rubbish...

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 11, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Why is anyone talking about IPL ?

    Pollard's exclusion from the WI Test team is total non-sense ....

    he is omitted simply because he is the best choice for Test Captain ....

    Pollard has a better 4-day average than every single Test debutante in the last 5 years except for Derren Bravo ....

    Kirk Edwards, Simmons, Barath, Deonarine, Braithwathe, Powell ..... none of those guys deserved a Test call up based on 1st class records ......(except maybe Barath at one point) ... Pollard should have been given a chance before them ..

    Pollard is 26 now .... He should have been a Test team SENIOR player by now......

    Pollard can easily hold an average of 40 batting at 6 in test cricket .....

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    News about Pollard reminds me of our own Yuvraj and his recent travails.

    I wish Yuvraj Singh all the success in IPL. For his sake. For the cash strapped owner's sake (which problem, Pollard's MI's owners don't have). And, for Kohli's sake, who pushed his case with RCB, in the auction.

IPL news April 11, 2014

Pollard hits form ahead of IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff
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In only his second match after being sidelined for six months by a knee injury, Kieron Pollard struck form with a match-winning century for Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean first-class competition. The news was a boost to Pollard's IPL team, Mumbai Indians, who will start the new season of the tournament as defending champions.

"Not playing cricket for six months, I was really disappointed but these things happen," Pollard said. "I got injured and coming back, I just wanted to do my best. The first game, I didn't set myself any goals, just being on the cricket field and lasting that four days, and I actually did that. And the second game, I set myself to get a big [score] and it happened, thank God for that. I've been through a lot but these things happen."

Pollard's last match before picking up the injury was the Champions League final in which he picked up three wickets to set up Mumbai Indians' second title win. One of the five players retained by the franchise ahead of the 2014 auction, Pollard said he was looking forward to the new edition of the IPL.

"We're the defending champions so the pressure is always there," he said. "You always want to win that tournament. For me, it's to do whatever is required, it's Twenty20 cricket, it's not every day you're going to come off so it's what the team requires at that point in time and adjust their game to suit," Pollard said. "I'm three-dimensional in terms of batting, bowling and fielding so I just want to go out there and do my best."

Talking about the knee injury that was sustained during a charity football match, Pollard said, "for me, I think football is off the cards for now. I'm concentrating on cricket. Football has cost me six months, a major career-threatening injury so some things you just have to put on the back-burner, and you learn from that. At the end of the day, I still watch football. I'm a Manchester United fan so that will be enough."