Over 30 years old, Kieron Pollard went through a rough patch at the beginning of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. His continuous failure with the bat invited numerous critics to raise questions on his form and place in the playing XI. As a result, he was benched for a few games thereafter. Finally, he was included in the team against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on May 16. In return, Pollard proved his mettle to the entire world and made a strong comeback.
Pollard hit a phenomenal 23-ball fifty before losing his wicket to Ravichandran Ashwin in the 16th over. The fiery knock included 5 boundaries and 3 huge sixes. With his fearless knock, Mumbai went on to put a humungous total of 186 runs on the board. Later, KXIP fell short by 3 runs and Mumbai Indians (MI) took the game home.
After winning the game, MI skipper Rohit Sharma revealed that the big man from the Caribbean was not at all happy on getting ousted from the playing XI due to bad form. He said,
“Pollard has always been a match winner for us. Leaving him out was always a tough decision. We thought if JP Duminy is not getting opportunities down the order and that’s why we brought him back. He was very upset when he was left out and I was looking for that one opportunity to bring him back. He always stands up in the pressure situations.”
After this massive victory, MI have majorly rejigged the points table. They not only jumped to the fourth position in the points table, they also forced KXIP to fall down to the 6th place. MI are now left with one more game in the league stage which they will play against Delhi Daredevils (DD) on May 20.