West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday, although he will continue to freelance in private T20 and T10 leagues around the world.
If you try to sum up Pollard’s international career, you could describe him as the perennial underachiever in the maroon jersey.
The 34-year-old Pollard, who made his ODI debut in 2007, fittingly contested his last series against India, a country that has become his second home due to its long association with Mumbai Indians.
“Hi everyone, after careful consideration I have decided to retire from international cricket. It’s been a dream of mine to play for the West Indies since I was a 10-year-old boy and I’m proud to have represented the West Indies in the game’s T20 and ODI format for over 15 years,” Pollard proclaimed on his official Instagram page.
Despite being a feared T20 cricketer, one of the best the world has ever seen, his numbers for the West Indies remain average with just 2706 runs at just over 26 and 55 wickets from 123 ODIs along with 1569 runs from 101 T20Is underwhelming shade over 25. He also took 44 wickets.
As one of the top six hitters, there wasn’t a bowler in world cricket who wasn’t afraid to bowl fuller deliveries in Pollard in his prime and also the Yorkers, who would be effortlessly dug up for straight sixes.
He had his problems against slower bowlers and later, as teams did their homework, the wide Yorker would be used effectively to stop his exploits.
While the highlight of his international career would be hitting six sixes from Akila Dananjaya in a T20I – the third after Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh. He was part of the West Indies squad that won the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup. He never played Test cricket.
A legend bids farewell to international cricket.
Kieron Pollard has ended an exceptional West Indies career.
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— ICC (@ICC) April 20, 2022
Despite having three hundred ODIs, Pollard was never the same player for the Windies as he was for the Mumbai Indians or the other franchises he has worked for over the years.
Perhaps it was West Indies cricket’s financial crisis that always prompted Pollard to get his priorities straight and that’s why whenever he represented the national team he was never at his best.
Proof of that would be 99 sixes in 101 T20Is, less than one six per game, and in later years his bowling ability dropped significantly as he pictured himself as a late hitter.
As he nears his 35th birthday, Pollard knows he would need to maximize his earnings by playing leagues around the world, and in the post-COVID world it’s very difficult for a family man to jump off a bio-bubble others with the added burden of international cricket, making the job doubly difficult.