Mumbai Indians legend Kieron Pollard has called time on his glittering Indian Premier League career. The former West Indies all-rounder will end his 13-year association with the club, after helping them win five IPL titles and two Champions Leagues.
Pollard announces his retirement from the IPL (PTI)
By India Today Web Desk: Mumbai Indians legend Kieron Pollard has called time on his glittering Indian Premier League career. The former West Indies all-rounder will end his 13-year association with the club, after helping them win five IPL titles and two Champions Leagues.
Pollard took to Twitter to post a letter announcing his retirement from the franchise cricket league, saying he cannot see himself playing against Mumbai Indians. He went on to insist that once an MI, always an MI.
“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 MI either. ‘Once an MI always an MI’,” read Pollard’s tweet.
The West Indian said he has taken up the role of a batting coach in the IPL and will continue to play in UAE’s International League T20 for MI Emirates.
“This is not an emotional goodbye to MI, however, as I have agreed to take up the role of batting coach in the IPL as well as play with MI Emirates,” Pollard added.
Pollard went on to thank the team and fans for standing by him in his Mumbai Indians career that spanned for over 13 years.
“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,” said Pollard.
The 35-year-old gave special thanks to Mumbai Indians batting coach Robin Singh, confirming that he will be taking his place in the MI setup.
“In particular, I would like to pay special tribute to my good friend Robin Singh for his sound advice and guidance over the years and whose shoes I now fill,” Pollard added.
Pollard retired from international cricket in April this year after leading the West Indies to a 3-2 win over England. The West Indian played 123 ODIs and 101 T20Is, scoring a total of 4,275 runs and taking 97 wickets, and was part of the squad that won the T20 World Cup in 2012.