West Indies and Mumbai Indians veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard introduced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday (November 15), the IPL 2023 Retention Day. Simply hours earlier than, Retention Deadline will get over at 5pm, Pollard introduced the choice on social media.
A one-club man, Pollard signed with Mumbai Indians in 2010 and has since develop into one of many best gamers of this era, choosing up 5 IPL and a couple of Champions League trophies with Mumbai Indians. “Pollard is and will continue to always be at #MIForever and will use his decades of experience and skill to strengthen Mumbai Indians as a batting coach and as a player with MI Emirates,” Mumbai Indians introduced in a press release on Tuesday.
Pollard ended with 3,412 runs from 189 IPL video games with 16 fifties and a strike-rate of 147.32 with a top-score of 87 not out. He additionally picked up 69 wickets at a median of 31.59 in his IPL profession.
“It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as I will keep playing for a few more years, but I understand that this incredible franchise which has achieved so much needs to transition and if I’m no longer to play for MI then I cannot see myself playing against MI either. Once an MI always an MI. I am immensely proud, honoured and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons,” Pollard stated within the assertion.
_ #OneFamily @mipaltan pic.twitter.com/4mDVKT3eu6
— Kieron Pollard (@KieronPollard55) November 15, 2022
“Most sincerely, I express my deep appreciation to Mukesh, Nita and Akash Ambani for their tremendous love, support and respect I have always felt and for the confidence they placed in me. I recall our first encounter when they welcomed me with open arms saying, “We are family”. These weren’t simply mere phrases, however demonstrated by their each motion all through my time with Mumbai Indians,” the previous West Indies all-rounder added.
Mumbai Indians homeowners Mrs Nita. M. Ambani stated that she’s going to miss ‘Pollard magic’ on the sector. “For me, Pollard has exemplified what Mumbai Indians stand for – Khelenge Dil Khol Ke! Proper from Season 3, we have now shared pleasure, sweat, and tears – these highly effective feelings that forge lifelong bonds on and off the sector. He has performed an necessary function within the success of MI and been part of the successful facet for each our Champions League trophies and all 5 IPL wins.
“We will miss seeing his magic on the field for MI, but I’m delighted that he will continue to play for MI Emirates, and also mentor young players as the batting coach for MI. May his new journey with MI and MI Emirates bring him even greater glory, triumph, and fulfilment. I wish him all the very best!” Nita Ambani stated.
“Polly leaves behind a huge legacy as a player with Mumbai Indians. Fans roared every time he took to the field. A valued member of the MI family and a great friend, he played the beautiful game of cricket with utmost commitment and passion all through his IPL career with us. Pleased to have Polly continue to be a part of the MI Family as a batting coach for Mumbai Indians and as player with MI Emirates. We believe, Polly will be as dynamic and impactful as a coach, just like the way he was, when he took to the field for us. His insights will be invaluable to the team, though the Mumbai Indians, Wankhede Stadium and the Paltan will miss him play on the field,” Anand Ambani stated about Pollard.