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West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard

West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket. However, he will continue to freelance in private T20 and T10 leagues across the globe. If one tries to sum up Pollard’s international career, in a nutshell, he could be termed a perennial underachiever in the maroon jersey. Pollard made his ODI debut in 2007, fittingly playing his last series against India. India has become his second home due to his long association with Mumbai Indians.

Pollard announced on his official Instagram page. After careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from international cricket. It has been my dream to play for the West Indies since I was a 10-year-old boy, and I am proud to represent the West Indies for over 15 years in the T20 and ODI formats of the game. At the same time, he is a feared T20 cricketer, one of the world’s finest. His numbers for the West Indies remain underwhelming, with only 2706 runs at just above 26 and 55 wickets from 123 ODIs. Along with 1569 runs from 101 T20Is at an average of over 25. He also took 44 wickets.

One of the most significant six hitters, there wasn’t a bowler in world cricket who didn’t fear bowling fuller deliveries to Pollard in his prime.

One of the most significant six hitters, there wasn’t a bowler in world cricket who didn’t fear bowling fuller deliveries to Pollard in his prime. Also, the yorkers would be effortlessly dug out for straight sixes. He did have his problems against slower bowlers later as the teams did their homework, and the wide yorker would be effectively used to stop his exploits.

While he had three hundred in ODIs, Pollard was never the same player for the Windies. As he has been for Mumbai Indians or, for that matter, the other franchises for which he has plied his trade during all these years.
Perhaps, West Indies cricket’s financial crunch always made Pollard realize his priorities, and that’s why whenever he came to represent the national side, he was never at his best. A testimony to that would be 99 sixes in 101 T20Is, less than a six per game and during the later years. His bowling prowess dipped considerably as he fancied himself as a late-order hitter. As he is closing in on his 35th birthday, Pollard knows that he would need to maximize his earnings by playing leagues worldwide. In the post COVID world, it is challenging for a family man to hop from one bio-bubble to another, with the additional burden of international cricket making the job doubly difficult.

By Ram

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