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Kieron Pollard
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Kieron Pollard

West Indies|Allrounder
Kieron Pollard

INTL CAREER: 2007 - 2021

Full Name

Kieron Adrian Pollard

Born

May 12, 1987, Tacarigua, Trinidad

Age

34y 35d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Playing Role

Allrounder

TEAMS

Kieron Pollard had a batting average of 11.30 from 15 ODIs and 17.20 from 10 T20Is when he became the joint-biggest buy at the IPL player auction in January 2010. Mumbai Indians weren't paying $750,000 (plus an undisclosed amount to break a tie with three other franchises) for Pollard's international record; they were shelling out all that money for the fearsome hitting power he had shown in domestic T20 action - most notably while smashing 54 off 18 balls for T&T against New South Wales during the 2009 Champions League T20.

That IPL auction signaled a shift in the world game and, in the months ahead, Pollard continued to show how much ground franchise cricket had gained on the international game. He opted out of the West Indies A team in order to play T20s for Somerset and then refused a WICB central contract, since signing it would mean making himself available at all times for West Indies.

Over the next few years, Pollard improved his international record, scoring a pair of half-centuries at the 2011 World Cup and then, later that year, breaking his century duck by slamming a 110-ball 119 in a crisis situation against India in Chennai. There were plenty of explosive T20 finishes as well, including a 15-ball 38 that put the 2012 World T20 semi-final well beyond Australia's reach.

But through it all, the canvas of franchise cricket remained the best medium to showcase the hulking Pollard's unbridled hitting - with his top hand frequently slipping off the bat handle even as the ball disappeared far over wide long-on - and canny medium-pace. Mumbai retained Pollard after his first season for them and he rewarded their faith in his abilities with, among other match-winning performances, an unbeaten 32-ball 60 that gave them their maiden IPL title.

Though widely considered a limited-overs specialist, Pollard has expressed a desire to play Test cricket, and has a fairly good first-class record behind him, including a whirlwind 126 on debut for Trinidad and Tobago against Barbados. But that call-up has yet to materialise.

Pollard was left out of West Indies' ODI team in December 2014, ahead of a series in South Africa. His axing - along with Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo - came soon after West Indies pulled out of their tour of India with an ODI, a T20 and three Tests still remaining, due to a dispute with the board and the players' association over payment structures.

Pollard returned to international cricket in June 2016 with an improved defensive technique and the stomach for a fight. Against South Africa, he took the score from 21 for 4 to a match-winning 285. The 156-run partnership he shared with Darren Bravo is West Indies' best for the fifth wicket. He has also led Barbados Tridents to the CPL title in 2014, they finished runners-up in 2015.
Karthik Krishnaswamy

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
ODI1161069256411926.43269095.31311162127620
T20I796513127775*24.55930137.31057785370
FC27442158417437.7147420
List A16014414350011926.92317910
T205414811411079710431.757061152.911536867263030
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
ODI1167922422137543/273/2739.575.7141.50000
T20I7951692979374/254/2526.458.4818.70100
FC2724811436145/365/4031.143.2257.90010
List A16010629672726955/175/1728.695.5131.20110
T20541347530172532964/154/1524.508.2017.90700
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The Pandya brothers run to congratulate Kieron Pollard on taking Mumbai home
Kieron Pollard hammered a 17-ball half-century
Kieron Pollard brought out some big shots on the night
Kieron Pollard belts out an appeal
Kieron Pollard struck twice in two balls to jolt CSK
Kieron Pollard adjusts his sunglasses