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Sachin Tendulkar writes heartfelt note as Kieron Pollard announces IPL retirement | Cricket

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has written a special message for West Indies icon Kieron Pollard after the all-rounder Mumbai Indians (MI) announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of the new season auction on Tuesday. One of the best players in the shortest format, Pollard has decided to retire from IPL cricket after spending 13 seasons with record time winners Mumbai Indians.

The former Mumbai Indians skipper Tendulkar took to Twitter on Tuesday to congratulate Pollard on his unparalleled contribution to the Mumbai-based franchise. โ€œThere is never a goodbye at @mipaltan, Polly. Congratulations on becoming the new hitting coach for the MI franchise. Your presence will greatly affect all the boys in the dugout,” Tendulkar said in his tweet.

READ ALSO: Kieron Pollard announces IPL retirement, takes over new role at Mumbai Indians: ‘Don’t see myself playing against MI’

Pollard’s former teammates Harbhajan Singh and Jasprit Bumrah have also written heartfelt notes for the ex-West Indies all-rounder. “Polly my man you have won many hearts during your long stint with @mipaltan. Good luck as a batting coach and future. Goodbye Big man I always love,” tweeted former MI skipper Harbhajan.

โ€œIt will take some getting used to not being on the field with us, but I will still enjoy our banter in the nets. Congratulations on an incredible career Polly and all the best for your new innings @KieronPollard55,โ€ added Bumrah who also kickstarted his IPL career with Mumbai Indians.

The 35-year-old all-rounder made his IPL debut in 2010. Pollard hit 3,412 runs in 189 IPL matches for the Rohit Sharma-led side. The former West Indies star took 69 wickets in the money-rich competition. Pollard has been appointed as the new batting coach of Mumbai Indians after his retirement from IPL. “I understand that this incredible franchise, which 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,” Pollard said in a statement.

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