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Aakash Chopra believes MI will release Kieron Pollard

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra feels the Mumbai Indians would not retain Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard for the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League. Pollard struggled with the bat this season. In 11 games, he only managed 144 runs at a paltry 14.40 average.

The Mumbai Indians suffered their worst season ever this year, as they were the first team to be eliminated from the race. Pollard was dropped from the starting XI near the end of the league stage as Rohit Sharma decided to offer opportunities to the camp’s young cricketers. The five-time winners finished bottom in the points table as a result of their poor run.

“I think we have seen the last of Kieron Pollard. ₹6 crores will be released if they don’t retain him. I think they can let Murugan Ashwin (₹1.6 crores) go as well. I am not sure about Jaydev Unadkat (₹1.3 crores) but they can definitely say bye-bye to Tymal Mills (₹1.5 crores),” said Chopra.

While some players failed to live up to expectations, others made an impact for Michigan this season. Tilak Varma was one of MI’s brightest discoveries this season, batting consistently in the team’s middle order and contributing to the franchise’s successes.

Varma concluded the season with 397 runs from 14 games at a strike rate of 131.02, while David scored 186 runs in eight games with a strike rate of 216.28. Chopra believes that, despite having powerful batters in the top and middle orders, the team’s inability to win games was due to a dearth of all-rounders.