Former English captain David Gower has declared Kieron Pollard as the one unfit to play Test cricket. West Indian white-ball skipper Kieron Pollard is one of the most in-demand players in T20 cricket.
Not only Pollard is a game-changer with the bat, but the towering all-rounder can deliver valuable wickets with the ball and a terrific fielder. David Gower hailed Kieron Pollard as one of the best short-format cricketers; however, otherwise when it comes to Tests.
Kieron Pollard shot into the limelight during the 2009 Champions League T20 when he stunned the New South Wales Blue with his massive sixes for Trinidad & Tobago. Moving forward, the Trinidad&Tobago cricketer struck a deal with Mumbai Indians a year later, fetching a jaw-dropping $2.2 million.
Pollard has played vital roles for the franchise in their four title victories. He is the most-capped T20 player with 508 fixtures, scoring 10165 runs, striking at 151.24. The 33-year old has also picked up 280 wickets for good measure.
David Gower labelled Kieron Pollard as one of the best T20 players of all time; however, he declared him as not good enough for Tests. While Pollard has played 113 ODIs and 73 T20Is, he has never donned the whites.
Kieron has featured in 27 first-class games from which the all-rounder has 1584 runs with four centuries. Currently, he is leading the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2020 CPL.
“Kieron Pollard is one of the world’s best T20 players but he knows as well as I do that he cannot play test cricket, he isn’t good enough to play test cricket,” Gower said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
I feel it is a very good training ground for players: David Gower
The 117-Test veteran feels that the IPL has done a lot of good for the domestic and overseas players. The Kent cricketer added that the advent of T20 format has led to the fielding becoming incredible and IPL has undergone plenty of changes from the beginning. Gower said that apart from retired players, it also opts for youngsters and is an excellent training ground for all of them.
“I think overall IPL has been very good for cricketers both for the homegrown and the international players. Ever since the games have got shorter from the time of the invention of ODI, fielding has become incredible.
“I think T20 has changed a lot since the first days of IPL when IPL was taking some of the great players from around the world at the end of their career. But now, one wants the young players. I feel it is a very good training ground for players,” the 63-year-old added.