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Sanjay Manjrekar casts doubt on Kieron Pollard’s inclusion in the MI starting XI

Kieron Pollard has declared his retirement from international cricket, but will continue to compete in T20 tournaments throughout the world. The West Indies all-rounder is currently playing for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The five-time champions have lost their opening six games and a couple more defeats will see them officially eliminated from the playoff chase.

MI have been concerned about Pollard’s form, as the West Indies dasher has looked far from his best. The 34-year-old has failed to score freely in the final overs, as MI have struggled to get quick runs. Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer, has questioned Pollard’s permanent status in the playing XI after analysing his performance and role.

He believes Pollard should not be considered a proper batter and that MI should only support him if he can also contribute with the ball. Notably, Pollard has bowled just seven overs in six games, taking one wicket and allowing 10 runs per over. He has scored 82 runs at an average of 16.4 with the bat.

“I’m not sure the Mumbai Indians ever consider Pollard expendable. However, I believe Pollard must bowl at least three overs, if not four, because the team is need for a bowler. I believe he is superior to a number of bowlers on this team when put under pressure. Therefore, if he is not bowling and is instead batting, I believe they need to look at Pollard’s scores and contributions,” Manjrekar said.