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What is Pollard's role in the Mumbai XI?

 
sgtdjones 2019-04-18 17:39:15 

What is Pollard's role in the Mumbai XI?


The unique thing about Mumbai Indians has been that their surplus player has been the same guy for many years. And he takes an overseas player's slot to boot. Kieron Pollard has bowled 7.5 IPL overs since May 24, 2015. It is safe to assume that he plays as a specialist batsman and a fielder. Yet he is used by Mumbai sparingly. No specialist batsman, let alone an overseas one, in this IPL has had less to do than him in this IPL. Until the Sunrisers game, at an average, there have only been 31.2 balls left in the innings when Pollard he has come out to bat this season; even Ravindra Jadeja has been coming in with more to do.

Yet, it is impact that Pollard is paid the big bucks for. When he scores a fifty, his side wins three out of four games. The rate for Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, to put it in perspective, is 68% and 62%.

Last year he came in at 7 for 4 and smacked a 47-ball 70 to win a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. That was the kind of impact Mumbai needed from him when he came out to bat at 61 for 4 in a tricky chase. These are the nights they pay Pollard for. This time, though, he made a mental error and guided Rashid straight to slip. Will it make Mumbai question their persistence with Pollard? Not if he can win a couple of games off his own bat.


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FuzzyWuzzy 2019-04-18 17:45:59 

In reply to sgtdjones

Winning comes before everything else. so says Mahela the coach

 
RemainsUnknown 2019-04-18 17:53:13 

In reply to sgtdjones

What is Pollard's role in the Mumbai XI?
Polly just dropped 2 chances in the outfield...... OUCH!

What's his role again? wink wink wink wink

 
imusic 2019-04-18 17:54:46 

Watch the Netflix documentary “Cricket Fever” and you’ll gain insinght into why MI keeps retaining Pollard and paying him as handsomely as they do.


At the end of the day, he’s like everyone else. He has to perform or he won’t play. That simple

 
soloview 2019-04-18 18:15:47 

They Know what we do not appreciate .. the value of onfield experience/ guidance and locker room team talk; and how the very presence of a player affects the planning and confidence of the an opposing team.