After 189 video games for Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard appears to have run his IPL race. On Thursday, the Trinidadian made manner for 21-year-old South African Tristan Stubbs for MI’s recreation in opposition to Chennai Super Kings, as captain Rohit Sharma spoke concerning the future on the toss. Pollard turned 35 right now.
Toss presenter Simon Doull requested Rohit if it was powerful to convey the message to Pollard. “It was tough. But he (Pollard) accepted it. We made a couple of changes – Hrithik Shokeen for Murugan Ashwin was the other change – and one was with an eye to the future,” the MI skipper stated.
MI, already out of the playoffs race, could have two extra group league matches remaining after this and Pollard might nonetheless have a send-off. But the writing seems to be on the wall.
Over the years, Pollard has been immense for the franchise, one of many bona fide MI legends. Since making his IPL debut in 2010, he has made 189 appearances, scoring 3,412 runs at a strike price of 147.32 and claiming 69 wickets along with his mild medium tempo. Last yr additionally, the five-time champions had failed to achieve the playoffs and Pollard had a mean outing – 245 runs from 14 matches. So, when the franchise retained him for Rs 6 crore forward of the mega public sale this yr, eyebrows had been raised. MI, although, rewarded loyalty and the participant’s pedigree, however the ongoing season turned out to be worse for the large man – 144 runs from 11 video games – along with his group languishing on the foot of the desk.
As Rohit offered the MI cap to Stubbs on the group huddle earlier than the beginning of the match, Pollard was jovial, chatting and having amusing. He not too long ago retired from worldwide cricket and it must be seen if he has an IPL future past this season.
‘Difficult to replace Jadeja’
Meanwhile, CSK captain MS Dhoni was requested about Ravindra Jadeja’s absence on the toss and he spoke about how Jadeja’s all-round capacity allowed the group administration to go along with completely different mixtures. “Also, his fielding… It’s difficult to replace Jadeja,” Dhoni stated.
CSK launched Jadeja after a rib damage dominated him out of the remainder of the IPL.