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Kieron Pollard – The Future of Caribbean Cricket

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

West Indies cricket have always enticed the cricketing world with some fantabulous performances since their entry in to cricket. As we all know West Indies is not a country, it’s a unity of the islands in the Caribbean and they instill that unity in their game each time they enters a cricket field. This trait is the trademark of the West Indian cricket. They ruled the cricketing world in the 70′s and 80′s with ruthless and aggressive cricket powered by some great fast bowlers and audacious batsmen. They were literally ‘invincibles’ in that period. Sir Garry Sobers, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Clive Lloyd, Courtney Walsh Curtly Ambrose, Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara were the legendary players who made the West Indies, the best in the world. After the retirement of Lara, Chris Gayle came in to the limelight with some blistering batting. It took a few more years for the Caribbean cricket to get their next super star – Kieron Pollard. He came in to the stardom after his whirlwind knock of 18 balls 54 against NSW Blues in the champions League 2009.

Though it would be too early to call Pollard, the savor of West Indies Cricket, it is quite evident that he has some substance. His contract for South Australia and Mumbai Indians is just an incentive to his fearless batting in the champions’ league and in other series for West Indies. He had a normal outing in his first international appearance for West Indies in the U-19 World Cup in 2006. He came in to limelight in the Stanford Trophy when he hits 83 for Trinidad and Tobago. He followed up with some brilliant knocks in the domestic cricket also. He was swamped with T20 offers from all over the cricketing world after his stupendous performance in the Champions League T20 in India.

At 22, Pollard will get valuable experiences from the IPL, where he will be playing alongside the legendary Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai Indians. He can’t ask for a better mentor than Sachin. If he maintains his sensibility that he is showing now, there is no doubt that he will be the true successor of Sir Garry Sobers.

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