Kieron Pollard Biography
Kieron Pollard is one of the most destructive batsman around the globe, a man who can turn down any bowling line-up on his day. He is a right handed batsman who usually bats in the lower middle order and bowls medium pace for West Indies.
He was born on 12 May 1987 in Tacarigua in Trinidad.
He is known for his lethal batting and brilliant fielding for West Indies, Mumbai Indians and some other club teams.
Pollard was raised by a single mother along with his two younger sisters. He spent his initial days in poverty.
He played for the Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 team in the 2005 TCL group challenge and after some good performances, he was called to be a part of the West Indies Under-19 that was about to tour Pakistan. He later played in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
In July 2006, he was called to play in the senior Trinidad and Tobago team. Six months later, he made his first-class debut against Barbados.
He showcased his capability of clearing the fence in a match where he scored 86 out of his 126 runs off boundaries only. His match winning performances made way for a call-up to the West Indies team in the 2007 World Cup.
Pollard made his international debut on 10 April, in a 2007 World Cup match against South Africa. He scored 10 runs off 17 balls and did not pick a wicket with the ball. He did not feature in any of the remaining matches of the World Cup.
Rise to Glory
Playing for Trinidad and Tobago, he displayed his hard-hitting in the 2009 Champions League match against New South Wales.
He smashed 5 sixes in his innings of 54 off 18 balls to help his side to secure a win.
His first hundred in international cricket came against India in 2012 at Chennai. In the longest innings of his career, he scored 119 runs off 110 balls which was a single-handed effort to take West Indies from 5-78 to 233.
He displayed his brilliance in 2012 when he amassed 102 runs off 55 runs against Australia at St Lucia. He scored his second hundred against Australia in 2013 at Sydney. He scored 109 runs off 72 balls when the other batsmen kept falling.
Despite being a solid performer for various clubs around the world, his appearance at the international level is limited. He turned down the central contract of West Indies so that he could play in various T20 leagues around the world.
His disputes with the West Indies Cricket Board resulted in him not being a part of the 2015 World Cup in Australia.
Pollard has been a prominent member of various T20 leagues. In the 2010 IPL Auction, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians, for whom he still is an integral member.
He performed well in the first season which was followed by two mediocre seasons. He returned to the 2013 season with a bang and scored 420 runs to help his team register their first title.
Scoring 419 runs, Pollard was again prominent in the 2015 season which Mumbai won.
Pollard has also played for teams like Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, Dhaka dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League and Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League.