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Kieron Pollard. Credit: Getty Images

The current skipper of the West Indies Cricket Team in the limited-overs format and one of the greatest all-rounders in world cricket, Kieron Pollard turns 33 years old on Tuesday. Kieron Pollard has been an asset for the Windies team for quite a long time now, and it is due to his commitment towards his nation that he was handed the captaincy of the national team in the limited-overs setup.

Pollard has evolved a lot as a cricketer over the years. He has had the opportunity of playing all across the globe in multiple franchise league tournaments. He is the key asset for West Indies’ success on the international stage because of the plethora of experience that he holds. Apart from that, his ability to perform with the batt and ball has given him prominent stature in the country’s cricketing circuit.

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Kieron Pollard. (Credits: Twitter)

Kieron Pollard: As A Player

Kiron Pollard made his debut for the West Indies in the ODIs in the year 2007. His first ODI match was against none other than South Africa. Pollard played his first T20I in 2008 wherein he faced Australia at home. Due to constant conflict between the West Indies board and players, Kieron Pollard was never a regular member of the squad. However, he maintained his zeal of playing the sport and kept on play9ing across the globe.

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Kieron Pollard. Credit: IPL

Pollard has represented the Windies in 113 ODIs. He amassed 2496 runs at an average of 26 with three tons and ten half-centuries to his name. Pollard has also claimed 53 wickets at an average of 39.71 in the 50-overs format. Besides, the prominent Windies cricketer, Kieron Pollard has played 73 T20Is for West Indies and scored 1123 runs at an average of 23.39 with four half0-centuries. The Caribbean has also picked 35 wickets at an average of 26.25 in the shortest international format.

Kieron Pollard: What Is He Up To Now

Pollard was last seen in action during the West Indies Tour Of Sri Lanka earlier this year. The West Indians clean swept the Sri Lankans in the two-match T20I series. If not for the coronavirus pandemic, Kieron Pollard would have been playing in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians (MI), the most successful franchise of the tournament.

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Kieron Pollard (Credits: IPL)

Pollard has been an influential figure in the MI squad and has been one of the major reasons behind the club’s success in recent years. Pollard has given the Indian fans some of the most memorable knocks to cherish as he has emerged as a destructive batsman over the years during his stint in the lucrative IPL. A huge chunk of MI’s success belongs to Kieron Pollard.

Kieron Pollard: Lesser Known Facts

Pollard top-scored for the West Indies in the first youth One Day International (ODI), scoring 53 runs off 49 balls. Pollard made another half-century in the second match but didn’t manage to make double figures in either of the last two games. In the 2009 Champions league T-20 for Trinidad & Tobago, Pollard hit 54 runs in just 18 balls in the 15th match against New South Wales in Hyderabad. This earned the man of the match award and his side a crucial win. His display of hitting was so impressive that NSW approached Pollard after the game and attempted to sign him for themselves.

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In 2015, Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai to win their 2nd IPL title. Pollard ended the tournament with 419 runs at SR of 163 and 28 sixes. It was Kiron Pollard’s best IPL season so far. Pollard had a successful 2010 Friends Provident t20 for Somerset, helping them to the final of the competition on 14 August 2010. He scored 354 runs during the competition at 32.18 – the second highest Somerset batting average – including two half-centuries at a strike rate of 175.24 runs per 100 balls. He also took 29 wickets at 15.10, second among all Somerset’s bowlers.

On the back of Pollard’s domestic performance, he was offered a central contract which he turned down because that would force him to be available for West Indies selection all the time and Pollard wanted to play Twenty20 cricket as well.

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