Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from IPL on November 15, 2022 after 13 years of stint with 5 times IPL champions Mumbai Indians.
Pollard IPL Retirement
Having said that, it is not the end of the road for Pollard at MI, with the former West Indies captain taking over as the team’s batting coach.
In a statement, the West Indian said, “It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as I will keep playing for a few more years, but I understand that this incredible franchise which has achieved so much 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. I am immensely proud, honoured and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons,” he said, explaining the decision.
“Most sincerely, I express my deep appreciation to Mukesh, Nita and Akash Ambani for their tremendous love, support and respect I have always felt and for the confidence they placed in me.
I recall our first encounter when they welcomed me with open arms saying, “We are family”. Those were not just mere words, but demonstrated by their every action throughout my time with Mumbai Indians,” he added.
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Pollard was roped in by Mumbai Indians in 2010 and has since not featured for any other franchise the cash-rich league, spending 13 glittering seasons with the Mumbai-based franchise. Pollard retired from his international career in April this year.
Pollard has played 189 IPL games for Mumbai Indians and scored 2316 runs at a strike rate of 147.32. The allrounder picked up 69 wickets.