veteran India Spinner Harbhajan Singh feels it may be time for the Mumbai Indians to make the tough call by releasing Kieron Pollard ahead of the mini-auction. Pollard has been a part of the Indian Mumbai franchise since 2010 having shared a great bond with the team over the past several years. The Windies all-rounder has been part of the driving range for the past several years, but his sub-par showing last season put him under scanner.
He scored 144 points in 11 matches for Mumbai last season, with an astonishing strike rate of 107.46.
The Mumbai Indians claimed an unforgettable IPL 2022 title as they finished at the bottom of the points table with just four wins out of 14 matches. Pollard was kept by the five-time IPL champions for a whopping INR 6 crore as they dumped Quinton de Kock and Trent Bolt in favor of him over them.
Harbhajan feels that it will be difficult for Mumbai to receive the call but suggested that the management should find his replacement going forward in the future.
“Well, I think it would be very difficult for Mumbai Indians to release Kiron Pollard. He has been there for many years. But yes, there are times when you have to answer some tough calls and maybe this is the time,” said Harbhajan on Star Sports: “They have to go ahead and make a team for the next 4-5 years and try to find someone who can do what Pollard has done over the years.”
Supervisory Board for cricket In India (BCCI) has already set November 15 as the deadline for franchises to send the final list of retained players. This time, each team can hold up to 15 players and have to release the remaining ten. However, last year the team size was set to a maximum of 25 players while the minimum number of players in a team was 18.
The veteran player, who has played for Mumbai Indians in the past, feels they should target young Australian Cameron Green in the upcoming mini-auction.
“Yes, they have Tim David, who can do similar work and of course, another Australian in the auction is Cameron Green. I think they will look to him to be part of the Mumbai group. Of course, it will be a tough call, but at some point you have to answer those calls. “.