Legends of T20: Kieran Pollard
In a career that spans more than a decade, Trinidad and Tobago's Kieron Pollard has developed a reputation as a match winner, who is big on teamwork.
With 9,316 T20 runs, 261 wickets and 272 catches to his credit, Pollard is a dependable middle-order batsman. The Trinidadian has represented the West Indies, Mumbai Indians, Barbados Tridents, Barisal Burners, Chittagong Vikings, Dhaka Gladiators, Matabeleland Tuskers and Melbourne Renegades, among several others teams, during his stellar career.
A member of the West Indies team that won the ICC World T20 trophy in 2012, it is for the Mumbai Indians that Pollard has enjoyed the most success. He was a key player in their four Indian Premier League (IPL) titles in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Bought at the 2010 IPL for US$750,000 -- the highest for the season alongside New Zealand's Shane Bond by Kolkata Knight Riders -- Pollard has lived up to expectation.
In his 10 seasons with Mumbai Indians, Pollard has scored more than 2,500 runs, taken more than 60 wickets and held more than 70 catches. Batting in the lower-middle order, Pollard had outstanding years in 2013, when he scored 420 runs; 2015, when he produced 419 runs; and in 2017, he powered his way to 385 runs.
However, while his form may have dipped occasionally, his impact on the team was never in doubt. In 2019, when he captained the Mumbai Indians, Pollard played one of the best T20 innings ever in the IPL against the Kings XI Punjab scoring a match-winning 83 off just 31 balls. His 50 came off just 22 balls, and 42 of his first 50 came in sixes.
Pollard's success has not been limited to the West Indies and the Mumbai Indians. In 2014, he led the Barbados Tridents to the Caribbean Premier League title with some aplomb. In the finals against the Jamaica Tallawahs, Pollard smashed 63 runs from 36 balls as the Tridents racked up 175 for 8. His bowlers then restricted a powerful Jamaica Tallawahs line-up to just 87 runs in 15.3 overs.