The Mumbai Indians superstar, Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In aftermath of the news, Pollard now has been named as the batting coach of Mumbai Indians for the upcoming season. For many years, the Windies all-rounder was a member of the leadership team.
Kieron Pollard joined Mumbai Indians in 2010 and since then, he became one of the biggest T20 stars of this era. The former right-handed batter won 5 IPL and 2 Champions League trophies with the club.
Over the years, Pollard has managed to score 2316 runs at a strike rate of 147.32 in 189 IPL games for the Mumbai Indians. Along with this, the allrounder also claimed 69 wickets.
Mrs Nita Ambani, the owner of the Mumbai Indians, lavished praises on Pollard for his magnificent career as a player and wished him success in his new role as batting coach.
In a statement, the Kieron Pollard, said, “It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as I intend to keep playing for a few more years, but following discussions with Mumbai Indians I have a franchise which has achieved so much that needs to transition and if I’m no longer to play for MI then I cannot see myself playing against MI either. ‘Once an MI always an MI’. This is not an emotional goodbye to MI however as I have agreed to take up the role of batting coach in the IPL as well as play with MI Emirates.
“This next chapter of my career is genuinely exciting and allows me to transition myself too from playing to coaching.“
The 35-year-old further said, “I am immensely proud and honoured and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the [past 13 seasons. It was always an aspiration to play for this fantastic team and although I will miss the buzz of the IPL you get as a player, I take comfort in knowing that I have been fortunate enough to have played with some of the best players in the world in front of the passionate fans. I have always felt and appreciated their unconditional support both on and off the field. Together, we won the Champions League in 2011 and 2013 and the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.”
“I must give big thanks to the coaches, managers, and the other backroom support staff we had at Mumbai Indians and who I now join. We would not have achieved success over the years without their continuing hard work, dedication and commitment to creating the best environment and I look forward to emulating their successful approach. In particular, I would like to pay special tribute to my good friend Robin Singh for his sound advice and guidance over the years and whose very shoes I now fill.”
“Today I make this step with hope and excitement towards the future knowing that I will be playing a role in an institution whose values align so closely to mine, where “We are family.”