Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya reckons that the seasoned campaigner, Kieron Pollard is the only cricketer who might be able to play more than 200 games for the franchise. His remark comes as Pollard played his 150th match for the Mumbai-based franchise as the side locked horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday.
In a video posted on the official Twitter handle of MI, Hardik was heard saying, “I think he might be the only cricketer who might play 200 games as well, he still has 4-5 years in him, he is just a fantastic guy, he has always been there to help and guide us, we have a relation like brothers where we celebrate our wins and enjoy our losses as well.”
Mumbai’s coach Mahela Jayawardene and skipper Rohit Sharma also seen showering praises on Pollard and how the Windies player is always ready to put his hand up whenever the team is in a difficult situation.
Jayawardene said, “Pollard is someone who everyone looks up to, he plays with a lot of passion, you see that with him.” On the other hand, Rohit said, “He has done some spectacular things on the field for us. I clearly remember the 2013 final and 2019 final, his knock was very crucial for us to get to a competitive score, he has always been a team man, he has always stood up when the team required him to. He is a very important cog in the wheel.”
Pollard reached the landmark figure of 150 games when the team stepped out on the field against KKR. He joined MI in 2010 and since he has played 2773 runs in the IPL which includes 14 half-centuries. Also, the all-rounder has 56 wickets under his belt.
Mumbai Indians defeated KKR by 49 runs for their first win in this year’s IPL. Rohit Sharma received the ”Man of the Match” for his knock of 80 runs. Batting first, Mumbai posted a total of 195/5 in the allotted 20 overs and they restricted KKR for 146/9.