West Indian great Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League after 13 glittering years with five-time champion Mumbai Indians. Pollard made the decision after not seeing himself in MI’s future schedule as MI entered a transition phase. The all-rounder added that his loyalty to the franchise is such that he cannot imagine representing another team in the IPL. That said, it’s not the end of the road for Pollard at MI, with the former West Indies captain taking over as the team’s batting coach.
Pollard was brought in by Mumbai Indians in 2010 after the franchise impressed with his explosive punching power and all-round ability at the 2009 Champions League T20 held in India. In the IPL auction that followed where he had a base price of US$200,000, Pollard was signed by MI for $750,000 after battling it out with three other sides of Chennai Super Kings, Royals Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders. The all-rounder from Windies won five IPL trophies with Mumbai Indians – in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. He also played as captain of the team in six matches, with Mumbai winning four of the matches.
After being detained ahead of the 2018 season, Pollard was detained by MI again last year for €6 crore, but after a sub-par season earlier this year in which he scored just 144 points, the plug was pulled.
Only a handful of players in IPL have played in 100 or more games for a single franchise. Pollard is second on the list for most appearances for a single club having played in 189 IPL matches for Mumbai Indians. Virat Kohli tops with his record tally for Royal Challengers Bangalore, while others on the list include Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011), Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians from 2013) and Lasith Malinga (who had two stints in Mumbai). In those 189 matches, he scored 3412 runs, punctuated with 16 fifties and took 69 wickets, becoming one of the most prolific all-rounders the league has ever seen.
Here is Keiron Pollard’s full statement…
It wasn’t the easiest decision to make as I plan to keep playing for a few more years but after talking to Mumbai Indians I have decided to take time out for my IPL career. I understand that this incredible franchise that has accomplished so much needs to transition and if I no longer play for MI, I don’t see myself playing against MI either, ‘Once an MI always an MI’.
However, this is not an emotional farewell to MI as I have agreed to take on the role of hitting coach in the IPL and to play with MI Emirates. This next chapter of my career is really exciting and will allow me to make the transition from playing to coaching myself,
I am extremely proud, honored and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons. It was always an ambition to play for this fantastic team and while I will miss the buzz of the IPL you get as a player, I take comfort in the knowledge that I have been lucky enough to play with some of the best players in the world. have played. for our passionate fans. I have always felt and appreciated their unconditional support both on and off the field. Together we won the Champions League in 2011 and 2013 and the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020,
I have to say a huge thank you to the coaches, managers and other back room support staff that we have had at Mumbai Indians and to whom I now come. We would not have achieved this success over the years without their continued hard work, dedication and commitment to creating the best environment and I look forward to emulating their successful approach. In particular I would like to pay a special tribute to my good friend Robin Singh for his sound advice and guidance over the years and whose shoes I now fill.
I express my sincere 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 they were demonstrated by every action during my time with Mumbai Indians.
Finally, I would like to especially thank my friends and family, especially my wife, Jenna, and my three beautiful children, for all the love, support, and the many sacrifices they have made and will continue to make over the years to help me. to fulfill my childhood dream of playing cricket at the highest level for so long,
Today I take this step with hope and excitement into the future, knowing that I will play a role in an institution whose values are so closely aligned with my own, where “We are family”