IPL news April 11, 2014

Pollard hits form ahead of IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

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."

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  • Roy on April 16, 2014, 11:39 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.

  • Ali on April 14, 2014, 23:26 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...

  • Ish on April 14, 2014, 7:35 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

  • mohammad on April 12, 2014, 9:18 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.

  • ladlesh on April 12, 2014, 7:04 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

  • Paulo on April 12, 2014, 6:39 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

  • JIGNESH on April 12, 2014, 2:44 GMT

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

  • Zaheer on April 12, 2014, 2:38 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2014, 23:51 GMT

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

  • Roy on April 11, 2014, 23:09 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.

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