Kieron Pollard announces his retirement from Indian Premier League after he was released from Mumbai Indians. Pollard began his IPL career with Mumbai Indians and has been a key player in Mumbai’s success over the years. He has won 5 trophies in Mumbai Indians.
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After Pollard announced his retirement Mumbai Indians appointed him as the new batting coach ahead of the IPL 2023 season. It is clear the management of Mumbai Indians that they want Pollard to be around while IPL.
Kieron Pollard has been associated with the franchise since IPL 2010 and since then has been part of each of the 7 title-winning squads which include the Champions League T20 as well. He has represented Mumbai Indians in 189 games scoring 3412 runs at a strike rate of 147.3 and averages 28.7 with the bat. He has a high score of 87* scored against Chennai Super Kings. Pollard has 16 IPL fifties to his name.
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English premier fast-bowler Tymal Mills and athletic all-rounder Fabian Allen have also been released by the franchise. In IPL 2022, Pollard had the poorest IPL season in term of numbers as he could score only 134 runs at a strike rate of 107.46 from 11 games.
The 35-year-old announced his international retirement last year in April but Pollard continued playing for the franchise before getting dropped at the fag-end of the season. Later that year, he had pretty mediocre performances in The Hundred and in the Caribbean Premier League as well.
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Pollard has also captained MI in the absence of Rohit Sharma on various occasions. He has a very good record while captaining Mumbai. He is one of the main leaders in the Mumbai squad.
In the mega auctions earlier this year, Pollard was retained along with Rohit, Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav but Polly’s performances last season were not up to the mark. There were rumours that he might be released by the team for the upcoming season but he has instead retired and has taken up the role of the batting coach. Pollard will be playing for MI Emirates as a player in the new T20 league starting in the UAE in January.