Kieron Pollard, who has turn out to be the primary participant to play 400 Twenty20 matches, on Monday, mentioned that he celebrated the milestone by carrying the Mumbai Indians (MI) jersey with that quantity, within the IPL lung opener on Saturday.
Pollard has to this point performed 414 T20 video games, during which he has scored 8,048 runs, with highest being 89 not out and has additionally taken 251 wickets. Pollard’s fellow-West Indian all rounder Dwayne Bravo additionally donned the Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) jersey with no. 400 on it. within the IPL lung-opener, to rejoice his personal landmark of 400 wickets in T20 video games.
“It’s simply one thing that Bravo and I got here up with. He’s the primary bowler in T20 cricket to take 400 wickets, and I’m the one participant to this point to play 400 matches. On the younger age of 30, having the ability to play 400 matches, I believe that in itself is a milestone in a format, (during which) none of us thought how a lot we’d find yourself taking part in after we began our profession in cricket. That was the explanation (to put on these jerseys),” Pollard instructed reporters right here.
Pollard was talking after launching ‘AlphaBounce Past’, a operating footwear by adidas, in presence of MI skipper Rohit Sharma. “As he (Bravo) has mentioned, within the subsequent couple of video games, we’re going again to our authentic numbers – that’s 47 and 55,” he mentioned.
The Trinidadian additionally mentioned that the sensation within the MI dressing room was considered one of confidence in spite if the one-wicket defeat within the league opener. “I believe the sensation is of confidence. There are quite a lot of younger and thrilling guys in that dressing room. I believe that’s what excites us probably the most as senior gamers, who’ve been round for some time – the passion of the youthful guys, that push to go forward and compete with them.”
“As you may see, within the first recreation, the younger guys actually pushed us though we didn’t recover from the road. Watching them carry out, such because the younger Ishan (Kishan), Mayank (Markande) and the Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal) as effectively, it exhibits that we’ve got the passion. It’s only a matter of constructing from there and hopefully change the momentum within the subsequent recreation,” 30-year-old West Indian mentioned.
He expressed hope that the defending champions would bounce again within the subsequent recreation. “I’m positive, it was simply the primary recreation. This stuff occur in cricket. You attempt to get the perfect mixtures first-up and as Rohit mentioned, we have a tendency to begin sluggish. In T20 cricket, in a brand new workforce, new faces, guys should get accustomed to one another. Hopefully we’ll bounce again and you will notice me bowl and bat, together with lot many different issues,” he signed off.