The atmosphere at the iconic Wankhede Stadium reached a fever pitch during the gripping clash between the Mumbai Indians and the Gujarat Titans yesterday, as a captivating exchange unfolded between Kieron Pollard, the batting coach for the Mumbai Indians, and the curious commentators.
Is Tim David a replacement for Kieron Pollard?
The question that triggered the discussion was no less than a bombshell: “Can Tim David replace Kieron Pollard?” In response, Pollard delivered a self-assured smile and confidently declared, “There’s only one Kieron Pollard. Tim David will be Tim David,” leaving fans and pundits abuzz with excitement.
Pollard’s response to the question posed by the commentators encapsulated both humility and unwavering confidence. It served as a testament to his undisputed status within the Mumbai Indians’ ranks while acknowledging Tim David’s distinctive abilities and potential to carve out his own legacy. The response showcased the astute mindset of a seasoned player who has played an integral role in the franchise’s phenomenal success over the years.
Kieron Pollard, a T20 powerhouse and an inspirational figure, has been an instrumental part of the Mumbai Indians since 2010. With an illustrious career comprising jaw-dropping performances, his leadership skills, a wealth of experience, and ability to thrive under pressure have solidified his status as one of the most respected figures in the cricketing world.
Pollard the mentor
However, when the Caribbean veteran decided to hang his gloves last season and assume the role of the franchise’s batting coach, they were eagerly looking for a big hitter to fill in his shoes. The responsibility naturally fell on Tim David, who came into the league with the reputation of a hitter. He showed glimpses of his talent in the last season, playing alongside Pollard when he scored 186 runs in 8 games for the franchise at an average of 37.20 coupled with a strike rate of 216.28.
He has carried forward the legacy this season as well, scoring 179 runs in 11 innings for the Mumbai Indians at an average of 29.83, and a strike rate of more than 160. He has delivered for the franchise time and again, finishing games for them as and when required.
With the experienced Kieron Pollard assuming the role of Tim David’s mentor as the team’s batting coach, a potent partnership seems poised to take shape. Pollard’s invaluable guidance, complemented by David’s eagerness to learn and excel, holds enormous promise for both their individual growth and the Mumbai Indians’ continued dominance.