UPDATED: May 2, 2021 16:47 IST
Kieron Pollard, one of the four players to score over 10,000 runs in T20 cricket, smashed 34-ball 87 not out as Mumbai Indians chased down 219, the second-highest successful chase in IPL history, against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday.
With Mumbai three down for 81 in 9.4 overs, Kieron Pollard rose to the occasion and pumped 8 sixes and hit 6 fours to hand his team a 4-wicket win of the last ball of the match. 16 runs were needed in the final over, Pollard decided against running singles and giving the strike to Dhawal Kulkarni twice on the six last balls. On the remaining four, he scored 2 fours, 1 six and ran a double on the last ball from Lungi Ngidi.
The 33-year-old looked up in the sky and thanked the almighty and his late uncle Steven. Mumbai Indians on Sunday shared a video showing Pollard’s reaction after he returned to the dressing room. He hugged Mahela Jayawardene, Suryskumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Zaheer Khan before sending out a message to his critics.
“Stop writing off this kind of guys, okay? Been there done it before and I will continue to do it no matter what is said,” Pollard said after derailing CSK’s 5-match winning run.
Before the match against CSK, Pollard had registered 3 single-digit scores in his 6 outings and he was yet to hit a fifty in this season.
Mumbai all-rounder Hardik Pandya hailed Pollard after his whirlwind knock, saying that the might West Indian hits sixes for fun.
“The greatest win for us as Mumbai Indians boys. We have to tell you guys that Kieron Pollard hits sixes for breakfast, but if he takes a wicket or he bowls well, for him it’s like giving candy to a baby.
“He’s the happiest of all (when he picks a wicket). He is livid with himself when he leaks runs because he takes his bowling to heart,” Hardik said during a candid chat with his elder brother after the match.
While Krunal Pandya complained that people don’t talk much about Pollard but “he is a GOAT”.
Special mention to Polly, people don’t talk about him that much but according to us, he is GOAT. He is one of the greatest of all time. There are only a few people who have done pulled off a chase like this but Pollard has done it so many times,” Krunal said.