West Indies and Mumbai Indians stalwart Kieron Pollard turned 34 today. On this celebrated occasion, Pollard’s IPL franchise Mumbai Indians posted a video of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, their bowling coach Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard reflecting on Pollard’s brutal 87 run knock against Chennai Super Kings in the 27th game of the Indian Premier League. Pollard also scored the fastest half-century of the season in 17 balls. He also picked two wickets and bagged the Man of the Match award as Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by four wickets.
MI captioned the post, “When Polly speaks, people listen. He brings out the best of himself in difficult situations.” “On his birthday, the #MI camp, including the big man himself, share their thoughts on that @kieron.pollard55 performance against CSK.”
In the video, Trent Boult can be seen hailing Kieron Pollard for his blistering knock.
“He is a very strong lad, very experienced. And in that situation, I could not think of a better player to be out there and try to get it done for the boys. Yeah, pretty special innings. 87 not out off 34 balls, you don’t hear it often. So, it was very special to be watching it.”
MI’s bowling coach Shane Bond also reflected on Pollard’s inning and said that he could not believe that MI ended up winning the match.
“In my own mind, we had no chance of winning that game. Until it got closer and closer. That’s probably one of the great wins. I think what makes it so special is the quality of innings from Polly himself,” Bond said.
Talking about his knock, Kieron Pollard said that it was a good day for him in the field.
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“Someone needed to stand up. And yeah, it was a good day for me, all-round from a cricketing point of view. Despite scoring all the runs, I think I was most impressed by my two wickets while bowling,” he added.’
Jasprit Bumrah too hailed Pollard for his heroics and went on to say that he would have taken wickets even if he bowled leg spin.
“It was his day. Even if he would have bowled leg-spin, he would have taken wickets. He bowled very well, he had a great day on the field, with the bat he was awesome. And he has done it in the past as well. So, you always back the big man,” Bumrah said.