All thanks to the Indian Premier League that we get to see talented overseas cricketers playing on the Indian soil against each other. Every player is exclusive in a manner, some of them have gone on to become our favorites, including the likes of David Warner, Kane Williamson, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, and Kieron Pollard, among many others.
Kieron Pollard, the giant hitter has flourished the most while donning the blue jersey of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. The all-rounder has been an important part of Mumbai Indians after they roped him at the 2010 IPL auction.
However, not many are aware of the fact that it was Dwayne Bravo was the reason behind Mumbai Indians buying the all-rounder. In fact, it was Bravo who almost forced Mumbai Indians to get Pollard and played a crucial role in giving Kieron Pollard a major breakthrough in the Indian Premier League.
Recently, during a chat with Harsha Bhogle, Dwayne Bravo revealed that when Mumbai Indians were looking out for a replacement for him, he came up with a suggestion for the franchise and asked them to go for Kieron Pollard. However, Mumbai Indians failed to buy Kieron Pollard and they ended up signing Dwayne Smith.
But in the following year, during the Champions League in Hyderabad, Bravo suggested Pollard’s name yet again because of his impeccable performances for Trinidad & Tobago, where he smashed 146 runs in five innings for Trinidad & Tobago at a blistering strike rate of 197.29. This is the reason why Bravo suggested the franchise to pick him and they finally did and got Pollard at that time was of USD 200,000.
Bravo also revealed how they immediately called Pollard in the lobby after Mumbai Indians were interested in signing him up. As per Bravo, when Kieron saw the contract worth 200,000 he was left stunned.
From his debut match for Mumbai Indians, Kieron made his presence felt for the franchise. In his debut season for the franchise, Kieron Pollard scored 273 runs in 14 matches along with picking up 15 wickets.
Today, Pollard is one of the most lethal all-rounders in the Indian Premier League and his stats make him one of the best.
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