West Indies famous person Kieron Pollard on Tuesday introduced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL). He spent twelve-long years with the five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at the IPL.
“It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as I intend to keep playing for a few more years, but following discussions with Mumbai Indians I have decided to call time on my IPL career. 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’,” Pollard wrote in his retirement letter.
After being retained by MI (for six crores) forward of the 2022 IPL gamers’ public sale, Pollard had a dreadful season with the bat as he may rating simply 144 runs in 11 matches and was finally dropped from the beginning XI.
“I am immensely proud, honoured and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons. It was always an aspiration to play for this fantastic team and although I will miss the buzz of the IPL you get as a player, I take comfort in knowing that I have been fortunate enough to have played with some of the best players in the word in front of our passionate fans. I have always felt and appreciated their unconditional support both on and off the field. Together, we won the Champions League in 2011 and 2013 and the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020,” Pollard’s assertion additional learn.
Only a handful of gamers have featured in 100 or extra IPL matches for a single franchise and Pollard is one in every of them. The Trinidadian cricketer represented MI in 189 video games by which he scored 3412 runs and grabbed 69 wickets, changing into probably the most prolific all-rounders within the cash-rich league.
“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 have placed in me. I recall our first encounter when they welcomed me with open arms saying, “We are family”. Those weren’t simply mere phrases, however demonstrated by their each motion all through my time with Mumbai Indians.
“Lastly, I would like to say a special thank you to my friends and family especially my wife, Jenna and my three beautiful children for all the love, support and the many sacrifices they have made over the years and will continue to make to allow me to fulfil my childhood dream of playing cricket at the highest levels for such a long time,
“Today I make this step with hope and excitement towards the future knowing that I will be playing a role in an institution, whose values align so closely to mine, where ‘We are family’,” Pollard concluded.
However, his relationship with Mumbai just isn’t ending. He might be becoming a member of the Mumbai Paltan as a batting coach and play for MI Emirates, owned by the identical group, within the UAE’s International League T20 (ILT20).