Former West Indies skipper and Mumbai’s household name, Kieron Pollard has decided to retire from the Indian T20 League. The decision is made on an immediate basis with Mumbai looking forward to building their team for the 2023 season. On November 15, the teams will announce their retentions ahead of the player auction, to be held on December 23. Meanwhile, with only hours left in the player retention deadline, Pollard has decided to step away.
Talking about his career in the cash-rich league, he played for the five-time winners from 2010 to 2022. In these years, the team battled mega auctions in 2014, 2018, and 2022. However, he was always one of the players who got retained. However, this year, he couldn’t justify his retention with the bat. After playing 11 games, the right-hander could only manage 144 runs at an average of 14.40. Not to forget, he was dropped in three games.
This was one of the rare occasions when the team decided to bench the Trinidadian. Notably, in the middle of the 15th season played early this year, he decided to say goodbye to international cricket. Several months after this, the 2012 20-20 World Cup winner decided to bid adieu to Mumbai as a player. Pollard announced his decision on Twitter and wrote a long note.
— Kieron Pollard (@KieronPollard55) November 15, 2022
I will take up the role of batting coach: Keiron Pollard
After retiring from the game, the five-time Indian T20 League winner has said that he will be the batting coach of the team in 2023. He added that he will continue playing for the MI Emirates, the team’s franchise in the International League T20 in the UAE.
“This is not an emotional goodbye to Mumbai as however I have agreed to take the role of batting coach in the ITL as well as play with MI Emirates. This next chapter of my career is genuinely exciting and allows me to transition myself too from playing to coaching.”
This is how Twitter reacted
क्या बल्लेबाज़ी, क्या गेंदबाज़ी, क्या फ़ील्डिंग, क्या कप्तानी — एक बड़ी आहहहह के साथ अलविदा पॉली – IPL के सबसे कामयाब विदेशी खिलाड़ी हो तुम मलिंगा के साथ-साथ #Pollard 💙
— रोहित जुगलान Rohit Juglan (@rohitjuglan) November 15, 2022
Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from IPL, has taken up the role of batting coach for Mumbai Indians. @mipaltan
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) November 15, 2022
27(10) in IPL 2010 Final
60*(32) in IPL 2013 Final
36(18) in IPL 2015 Final
41*(25) in IPL 2019 Final
One of greats in IPL history, the big match player of Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard retires from IPL. pic.twitter.com/9GhHrGOYgc
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 15, 2022
Kieron Pollard 💔
End of an era in Mumbai Indians jersey 💔 pic.twitter.com/MyadmLlN7d
— Cricket Master (@Master__Cricket) November 14, 2022
After 13 trophy-laden seasons with @mipaltan, Kieron Pollard is ready to write a new chapter with MI Emirates 🏆🌟
— MI Emirates (@MIEmirates) November 15, 2022
For me, Kieron Pollard > ABD in IPL
Polly was instrumental in MI winning most of its trophies especially the first one which Pollard won single-handedly.
Thank you legend @KieronPollard55 🙏
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) November 15, 2022
Stand up and clap.
Kieron Pollard announces his retirement from the IPL.
More coming up on this…
— KSR (@KShriniwasRao) November 15, 2022
Happy retirement Kieron Pollard pic.twitter.com/cQmVJuFsPU
— 𝐒𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐬𝐌𝐒𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧™ (@itzShreyas07) November 15, 2022
— ANSHUMAN🚩 (@AvengerReturns) November 15, 2022
With only few hours left in final player retention announcement, @KieronPollard55 has announced his retirement. Good Luck champ, your sixes in the V will always be rememberd
— Anubhav shahi 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@Anubhavshahi48) November 15, 2022