After struggling for most of the Chennai leg of his team’s IPL 2021 matches, Mumbai Indians (MI) renowned power-hitter, Kieron Pollard, was seen at his fluent best on Thursday (April 29) in Delhi against Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Pollard, who played only one innings befitting his class and pedigree in the five outings in Chepauk, took a great liking to the truer nature of the track in Kotla. The aggressive MI veteran blazed his willow for an unbeaten cameo of 16 runs off just 8 deliveries.
Kieron Pollard provided the final touches to an impressive MI run-chase as they gunned down the 172-run target with more than an over to spare and still another seven wickets intact.
Not just the willow, Kieron Pollard’s helmet, too, provided crucial runs for MI, as in an amusing incident he got a boundary via a deflection from his headgear.
A perfect bouncer in the 18th over from RR’s paceman Chris Morris forced the West Indies batsman to try and duck underneath. However, Pollard’s tall stature ensured that he still got hit on the side of his helmet and the ball rolled towards the fine-leg boundary.
WATCH – Kieron Pollard gets helmet boundary despite a near-perfect bouncer from Chris Morris
After he got up and realised what is happening, Kieron Pollard even gestured funnily with his hands as if asking the ball to beat the wicketkeeper Sanju Samson to the ropes. Seeing Samson give up in the race thereafter, Kieron Pollard offered a cheeky smile before going up to Morris to acknowledge the quality of the delivery.
Morris, who had nailed the delivery and yet conceded a boundary, was left frustrated and had no option but to go back to his mark again.
Kieron Pollard’s little innings was also a nice reminder of his prowess to his naysayers: form is temporary, class is permanent. He struck 2 fours and 1 six to help MI finish off the proceedings, something he has been doing consistently over the years for the five-time winners.
Kieron Pollard had made 268 runs at an average of 53.60 and strike-rate of 191.42 in the last year’s edition of the IPL in UAE. When Pollard is at his best, there hasn’t been too many bowlers capable of stopping him. He was integral to MI reclaiming the coveted crown and retaining the tag of defending champions for this year’s IPL.