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Keiron Pollard

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Kieron Pollard is an aggressive all-rounder from West Indies who has earned himself the name for being one of the best T20 players in the world. He made his ODI debut in the 2007 World Cup against South Africa. He has played 1,001 ODIs so far but is yet to play a Test match. Pollard has featured across various T20 leagues.
After a shining performance during the 2009 Champions League, he was included in the Big Bash. Later, he became the joint-highest-paid player in the 2010 Indian Premier League.
Pollard turned down a central contract from the West Indies board so that he could play T20s all over the world as a freelancer. Yet, the West Indian board selected him for the ODIs and the T20s, giving him the permission to play in the IPL.
Pollard was bought by Karachi Kings for $140,000 in the 2017 Pakistan Super League. In 2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League, he was named in Dhaka Dynamites team.
ODI career
Pollard made his ODI debut in the 2007 World Cup against South Africa. He scored two half-centuries at the 2011 World Cup. The same year, he made his maiden century (119) against India.
He was dropped in 2014 after West Indies pulled out of their tour of India with an ODI, a T20 and three Tests still remaining, due to a dispute between the board and the players' association over payment.
Pollard, along with Dwayne Bravo, did not feature in the West Indies 15-man squad for the 2015 World Cup.
When Pollard returned to international cricket in June 2016 against South Africa, he took the score from 21 for 4 to a match-winning 285 for which he stitched a 156-run partnership with Dwayne Bravo.
Pollard has played 116 ODIs for West Indies in which he has scored 2564 runs at an average of 26.43 and strike rate of 95.35. He has three centuries and 11 fifties to his name, with his best score being 119.
He has also picked 54 wickets at an average of 39.57 and economy of 5.72. His best bowling figure is 3/27.
T20I career
Pollard was selected for the West Indies Under-19 cricket team to tour Pakistan. Later, he was named in the West Indies squad for the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup.
Pollard has also represented the South Australian Redbacks in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and Somerset County Cricket Club for the 2010 Friends Provident T20.
Pollard was named in the provisional 30-man squad for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, but failed to make the cut.
After his impressive performance at Indian Premier League for the Mumbai Indians, he was picked in the West Indian squad for 2010 ICC World Twenty20.
Pollard has played 79 T20 Internationals in which he has scored 1277 runs with an average of 24.56 and strike rate of 137.31. He has two five half centuries to his name. He has also picked 37 wickets at an average of 26.46 and economy of 8.49.
IPL career
Pollard's impressive performance in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20 and the Big Bash made him one of the most sought-after players at the 2010 IPL auction. He was the joint highest paid player in the 2010 Indian Premier League, playing for Mumbai Indians.
He made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians against Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
Although it was not a blistering start, he later found form. In the semi-final against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pollard smashed an unbeaten 33 off 13 balls and added 3 wickets to his tally. He was named Man of the Match and Mumbai Indians got the ticket to play against Chennai Super Kings in the final, but they lost eventually.
Pollard shone in the 2013 IPL final against Chennai Super Kings, smashing unbeaten 60 off 32 balls to lead Mumbai to a fighting total of 148 after the team was reeling at 52-4. Mumbai won their 1st IPL title.
The 2014 season remained rough for Mumbai Indians but they bounced back in 2015 with Pollard at the centre of it, in the final against Chennai at Eden Gardens, Pollard scored an 18-ball 36 to take Mumbai to 202. Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai to win their 2nd IPL title. Pollard ended the tournament with 419 runs.
Pollard has played 171 IPL matches so far and has scored a total of 3157 runs at an average of 30.54 and a strike rate of 149.57. He has scored 16 half-centuries with the best score of 83 runs. The right-arm bowler has picked 63 wickets at an average of 32.03 and a strike rate of 8.85. His best bowling figure is 4/44.


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