West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard announced retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The star all-rounder who is currently with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League took to social media to share a farewell message.
“POLLARD BIDS FAREWELL TO INTERNATIONAL CRICKET. @windiescricket ❤️❤️. PS… thank you @insignia_sports for putting this trip down memory lane together to support my statement,” he captioned a short video along.
The Trinidadian cricketer has taken this decision aged 34. However, he will continue to ply his trade in franchise cricket around the globe. While Pollard is a giant of the T20 leagues being played worldwide, he has had an equally impressive stint in international cricket.
He donned the national colours in 123 ODIs along with 101 T20Is and scored 2706 and 1569 runs in these two formats respectively. He made his ODI debut in April 2007 against South Africa with his T20I debut coming in 2008 against Australia.
More than the runs what was noteworthy was the strike rate at which these came and the impact they made. The hard-hitting all-rounded accumulated runs at a strike rate of 94.41 in the 50-over format while it was a splendid 135.14 in the shortest format in international cricket.
Other than his six-hitting ability, Pollard has been a handy option with the ball and his tally of 55 and 42 wickets in ODIs and T20Is respectively are indicative of just that. Polly has also led the Windies in limited-overs cricket and among his several records is the six sixes in an over that he smashed off Sri Lankan spinner Akhila Dananjaya.
The Mumbai Indian star even shared a video of that along with a few other moments from his international career.
“After careful deliberation I’ve today decided to retire from international cricket,” Pollard said.
“As is the case of many young persons it was a dream of mine to represent the West Indies team from the time I was a boy of 10 years and I’m proud to have represented West Indies cricket for over 15 years in both the T20 and ODI forms of the game,” he added.
“As I move on and make room for those who will carry the game forward in West Indies colours, know that I will always be supporting in whatever way I can. It is with profound gratitude for living my dream that I now raise my bat in salute to all that is West Indies cricket,” he stated.