Tributes pour in as Pollard announces retirement

Tributes pour in as Pollard announces retirement

West Indies stalwart Kieron Pollard on Wednesday, 20 April, announced his retirement from international cricket after leading the team in the white-ball formats since 2019.

In a 15-year-long illustrious career, Pollard represented West Indies in 123 ODIs and 101 T20Is, amassing 4275 runs across formats and picking 97 wickets.

Pollard walks away as one of the most significant influencers of modern-day cricket – no other West Indies Men’s cricketer has played more T20I matches than him and smashed the second-most sixes (234) in international cricket, only behind Chris Gayle’s 553.

His influence was evident in the 2012 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup semi-final match against Australia. Pollard helped West Indies post a big score as he hit three fours and as many sixes, contributing 38 from just 15 deliveries to guide the score past 200 and successfully defend the total with the wickets of George Bailey and Pat Cummins. West Indies eventually went on to lift the trophy.

In March 2021, Pollard added another record to his name, becoming only the third player in the history of the men’s international game to hit six sixes in a single over, taking down Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya. He joined the elite list of Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh. Jaskaran Malhotra of the USA joined the elite group in September last year.

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