Kieron Pollard, experienced all-rounder from the West Indies and Mumbai Indians, announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday (15 November), the IPL 2023 Retention Day. Just hours before the retention deadline ends at 5 p.m., Pollard announced the decision on social media.
A man with one club, Pollard signed with Mumbai Indians in 2010 and has since become one of the greatest players of this generation, having won 5 IPL and 2 Champions League trophies with Mumbai Indians. “Pollard is and will always be with #MIForever and will use his decades of experience and skill to strengthen Mumbai Indians as a hitting coach and as a player at MI Emirates,” Mumbai Indians announced in a statement on Tuesday.
Pollard finished with 3,412 runs from 189 IPL matches with 16 fifties and a strike rate of 147.32 with a top score of 87 not out. He also took 69 wickets at a career IPL average of 31.59.
“It wasn’t the easiest decision to make as I will continue to play for a few more years but I understand that this incredible franchise that has accomplished so much needs to transition and if I no longer play for MI then I will see myself nor play against MI. Once an MI always an MI. I am extremely proud, honored and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons,” Pollard said in the statement.
“It is with the utmost sincerity that I express my deep appreciation to Mukesh, Nita and Akash Ambani for the immense love, support and respect I have always felt and the trust they have placed in me. I remember our first meeting when they welcomed me with open arms and said, “We are family”. Those were not just words, but were demonstrated by every action during my time with Mumbai Indians,” the former West Indian all-rounder added.
Mumbai Indians owners Mrs Nita. M. Ambani said she will miss “Pollard magic” on the pitch. “To me, Pollard is an example of what Mumbai Indians stand for: Khelenge Dil Khol Ke! From Season 3 onwards, we’ve shared joy, sweat, and tears – those powerful emotions that forge lifelong bonds both on and off the field. He has been instrumental in MI’s success, being part of the winning side for both our Champions League trophies and all 5 IPL wins.
“We will miss his magic on the field for MI, but I am delighted that he will continue to play for MI Emirates and also mentor young players as the batting coach for MI. May his new journey with MI and MI Emirates bring him even more glory, triumph and satisfaction. I wish him all the best!” said Nita Ambani.
“Polly leaves a huge legacy as a player with Mumbai Indians. Fans roared every time he took the field. A valued member of the MI family and a dear friend, he played the beautiful game of cricket with utmost commitment and passion throughout his IPL career with us. Happy to see Polly continue to be part of the MI family as a batting coach for Mumbai Indians and as a player for MI Emirates. We believe Polly will be just as dynamic and impactful as a coach, just as he was when he took the field for us. His insights will be invaluable to the team, although the Mumbai Indians, Wankhede Stadium and the Paltan will miss him on the pitch,” Anand Ambani said of Pollard.