- Sinchan Saha | March 22, 2023 | 8:35 am
Kieron Pollard left the Indian Premier League last year, but he will still play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023. The legend, whose work in the middle of the park has made him famous all over the world, arrived for his first practice before the season as the batting coach.
During the Monday training session, the all-rounder Kieron Pollard got to work in his new role as batting coach by keeping a close eye on the young batters
Since joining Mumbai Indians in 2010, Pollard has spent 13 seasons there, winning the IPL five times and the Champions League T20 twice. He played 211 games for MI (IPL + CLT20), scoring 3.915 runs at a strike rate of 147, taking 103 catches in the IPL, and taking 79 wickets, 69 of which were in the IPL.
Pollard played for Mumbai Indians Emirates in the UAE’s International League T20 while he was coaching in the IPL.
Players have always sought advice from Pollard, who has always been a leader. Now that he has a full-time job, the young people who want to be as successful as Pollard are looking forward to spending even more time with him and learning life lessons as well.
“Words really can’t describe the feeling of playing for Mumbai Indians and representing the people of Mumbai. They have done a lot for me as an individual and I guess I have done a lot for them from a player’s perspective, the bond we have I guess it’s more than just cricket matches and things like that. For me nothing will change, I’ll be the same sort of personality and character, around the guys.”Kieron Pollard said, at the end of his first session.
All of the young boys discussed how Pollard’s presence impacted the team.
Tilak Verma expressed excitement about Pollard’s appointment as the batting coach when asked about his transition from player to coach.
“Last year I was sharing dressing room with him and this year I am very excited, like he is now our batting coach.”he said
ALSO READ: IND vs PAK 2023: ‘I want to take revenge…’ Shoaib Akhtar’s big prediction for World Cup and Asia Cup
ALSO READ: UP Warriorz Vs Delhi Capitals: McGrath’s Half Century Went In Vain
“As I walked into the nets today, I saw Polly behind me, actually my first year when I was here the first net session I had I batted with him so that was quite cool.”Dewald Brewis said, who played a lot of games with Pollard last season.
Ramandeep Singh, Mumbai Indians all-rounder, who is in his second season with Mumbai Indians, said
“Whenever I was in trouble he was always there to guide me and he would like a big brother come to me with ideas that you can go with this plan.”
Kumar Kartikeya, while sharing his experience with Pollard said,
“Last year was my first year with Mumbai Indians. Inspire of being such a big player, he never hesitated to have a conversation with me. This year his role has changed but however our relation remains the same.”
Hrithik Shokeen, said
“I used to bowl to him a lot during the nets, I was really missing him, I am going to tease him a little and call him ‘Coach’ sometimes.”
On April 2, 2023, Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League for the first time.