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Mumbai captain Sharma full of praise for 'big game' Pollard

By May 17, 2018
Kieron Pollard. Kieron Pollard.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has hailed the timely return to form of Windies big-hitter Kieron Pollard who played a crucial role in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter against Chris Gayle’s Punjab Kings XI on Wednesday.

Pollard smote a blistering 23-ball 50, which contained five boundaries and three sixes and also formed part of a crucial 65-run fifth wicket stand with Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) that steadied the team’s early wobbles.  In the end, Mumbai successfully defended 186 for eight and recorded a crucial three-run victory over Kings XI.

 Pollard had struggled to make an impact prior to the match.  In his first seven games this season, the batsman’s best scored was 28 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad and his poor form had cost a place in the team’s starting line-ups.

“Pollard has always been a match-winner for us. Leaving him out was a tough decision. We thought now was the time to bring him back. Not to take away from Duminy who hasn’t got opportunities,” Rohit said.

“We thought if he’s batting down the order, Pollard will be the better option for us. Come the big game, Pollard stands up for us. He was disappointed at being left out. What he did with the bat today, that’s what he does,” he added.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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