West Indies Legend Kieron Pollard Retires from International Cricket
Latest sports news, West Indies white ball captain Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday, ending a career that saw him make over 200 appearances in one day and Twenty 20 international games. Pollard, 34, has played 123 ODI and 101 T20 for the West Indies since making his debut in 2007, scoring 4,275 runs and a total of 97 wickets. The versatile Trinidadian was part of the team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012. He led the West Indies 61 times in two formats, of which they won 25.
“After careful consideration, I have today decided to retire from international cricket,” Pollard said in a video on Instagram. “It’s been my dream to represent the West Indies team since I was 10 years old and I’m proud to have represented West Indies cricket for over 15 years in the form of T20 and ODI games,” Pollard said in a video on Instagram.
“I still vividly remember making my international debut in 2007 under the leadership of my childhood hero, Brian Lara. Wearing maroon and playing alongside great players is a privilege that I never take lightly.”
Pollard currently plays for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and will feature for the London Spirit at The Hundred later this year. After being the first men’s pick of the 2022 draft. Pollard was West India’s pioneer in white ball cricket, becoming the first men’s player to represent the West Indies in over 100 T20I matches. And also wore the maroon jersey 123 times at ODI.
West Indies Key Player
The Trinidad player was a key member of the team that won the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in 2012. And only missed the West Indies win in the 2016 tournament due to injury. Pollard was appointed captain of the ODI and T20 teams in 2019, with wins over Australia and England a highlight during his tenure. Pollard scored 2706 runs and took 55 wickets in ODI cricket. And in T20Is, he racked up 1569 runs with a strike rate of 135.14 while also taking 42 wickets at a handy moderate pace. And in March 2021, Pollard became only the third player in the history of the men’s international game to reach six-six in a single game.
His effort against Sri Lankan player Akila Dananjaya helped him break into the elite team alongside Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh. Jaskaran Malhotra from the United States joined the elite group in September last year. However, after 222 appearances in the West Indies, Pollard has now decided to close his international event, announcing the news on his social media channels.
“After careful consideration, I have today decided to retire from international cricket. I have dreamed of representing the West Indies team since I was a child of 10 years. And I am proud to have represented West Indies cricket for over 15 years. Both in the form of T20I and ODI games. Wearing maroon and playing alongside great players is a privilege I never take lightly. Put my heart and soul into every aspect of the game, whether bowling, batting, or fielding,” Pollard said.