Kieron Pollard announces retirement from the IPL as a player; Mumbai Indians appoint him as batting coach



West Indies veteran Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from playing in the Indian Premier League. Pollard started his IPL journey with Mumbai Indians and decided to say goodbye to the cash rich league as he did not want to face them as opponents. Mumbai Indians appointed Pollard as the batting coach for the next season. The Windies all-rounder has been part of the driving range for the past several years.

Pollard signed in 2010 for Mumbai Indians and has since become one of the greatest players of this generation, winning 5 IPL Awards and 2 Champions Leagues with the franchise.

“It wasn’t the easiest decision to make as I intend to keep playing for a few more years but after discussions with the Mumbai Indians I have a franchise that has fulfilled a lot of relocation needs and if I no longer play for MI then I can’t see myself playing against MI either.” Once In MI always MI. “This is not an emotional farewell to MI but I have agreed to take up the role of batting coach in the IPL as well as play for MI Emirates,” Pollard wrote in his note and posted on Twitter.

Mumbai Indians Owner Ms. Nita. Mr. Ambani had high praise on Pollard for his glorious journey as a player and wished him success in his new journey as a hitting coach.

“To me, Pollard is what the Mumbai Indians stand for – Khelenge Dil Khol Ke! Since season three, we’ve shared joy, sweat and tears – those strong feelings that forge lifelong bonds on and off the field. He played a significant role in MI’s success and was part of the winning team in the Both Champions League titles and all five IPL victories. We will miss seeing his magic on the pitch with MI, but I am happy he will continue to play for MI Emirates, and also mentor young players as the hitting coach for MI. I hope his new journey with MI and MI Emirates will bring him More glory, victory and fulfillment. I wish him all the best!” Mrs. Nita. Ambani said.

Mr Akash Ambani said, “Polly leaves behind a huge legacy as a player with Mumbai Indians. The fans roared every time he took to the field. A valued member of the MI family and a great friend, he played beautiful cricket with utmost commitment and passion throughout his IPL career with us. I am delighted that Polly will continue to be part of the MI family as hitting coach for the Mumbai Indians and as a player for MI Emirates. We think Boli will be as dynamic and impactful as a coach, just as he was, when he took to the field for us. His insights will be invaluable to the team, though Mumbai Indians, Wankidi Stadium and Paltan will miss him for playing on the field.”

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