West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The veteran has also released a public statement informing the same on Instagram as well. However, after that, many fans took to social media platforms to wish him.
However, not only the fans but several former and active cricketers also took to social media to share their good wishes to Kieron Pollard. And, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar shared a photo of him and the veteran all-rounder and called him a “fighter” and a “challenger” as well.
Here is how the cricket fraternity reacted to Kieron Pollard’s shocking retirement announcement:
A fighter and a challenger with a terrific attitude on the field!
Congratulations Polly!! pic.twitter.com/DeRJY7aYZj
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 20, 2022
Meanwhile, Chris Gayle, his West Indies teammate tweeted, “Can’t believe you retired before me @KieronPollard55 😄 Anyway-Congratulations on your international career…it was great playing alongside you. Happy Retirement…All the best in your next chapter @KieronPollard55 #Respect✊🏿 👊🏿”
Can’t believe you retired before me @KieronPollard55 😄 Anyway-Congratulations on your international career…it was great playing alongside you. Happy Retirement…All the best in your next chapter @KieronPollard55 #Respect✊🏿 👊🏿
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) April 20, 2022
Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies also released an official statement in this regard and congratulated Pollard for his rich contribution.
“On behalf of everyone at CWI I would like to express our thanks to Kieron Pollard for his outstanding service to the West Indies ODI and T20I teams over the past fifteen (15) years. We respect his decision to retire from international cricket and are especially grateful for the high quality of leadership and commitment he invested in both West Indies teams since his appointment as our white-ball captain in September 2019. We wish him continued success in his career,” the statement quoted CWI President Ricky Skerritt.
Kieron Pollard is one of the most destructive players with the bat, especially in the T20 format. He was also part of the West Indies team, which won the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup in 2012 after beating Sri Lanka in the finals. Pollard made his international debut for West Indies during the 2007 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, after which he went to feature in 123 ODIs. He scored 2,706 runs and claimed 55 wickets in this format.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine has said, “It’s sad, I think he has much more to give to West Indies, but I think he himself has to know when it’s time, and that’s what is important. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours and whatever tournament he is playing and I’m sure he will have lots of success. He still has a good fan base and I hope he enjoys it. They love to see him pliay in West Indies, but he knows best. I think he is going to focus more on T20 cricket around the world and I think he enjoys it a lot. There is a lot more cricket in Pollard. It’s not the end and I am definitely sure that there is more excitement to come.”