Pollard’s Blooming Batting with Captaincy

Introduction

Kieron Pollard is a household name when it comes to the shortest format of the game. He has played in franchise leagues all around the world. Possessing the all round skills help him walk into any T20 side. From a T20 perspective, this is a very important year (2021), since there would be World T20 scheduled towards the end of the year.

Pollard as captain was a good move bu WICB
Pollard elected captain in late 2019

The latest Schedule of the ICC World T20 is mentioned on the link below.

https://www.icccricketschedule.com/icc-cricket-t20-world-cup-2021-schedule-team-venue-time-table-pdf-point-table-ranking-winning-prediction/

Given this context the Windies Cricket Board has announced summer filled with T20I’s with Southafrica, Australia & Pakistan as mentioned below.

https://www.cricxtasy.com/west-indies-home-summer-2021-schedule-full-fixtures-and-timings/

Pollard was handed Captaincy of the ODI’s as well as T20i’s towards the end of 2019. Based on all the Franchise experience, this would have indeed provided sense of Stability to him.

Blooming with more time at the Crease

In IPL & other Franchise cricket, there has been a criticism that Pollard’s Batting Position has been too low. The composition of the playing eleven also has a huge role in this decision. As far as T20i’s are concerned too, he has been floating around in the finisher or middle order roles for the Windies.

As a part of the classic finishes that he has provided for one of his Franchise “Mumbai Indians” in the IPL, below is one f the previous article celebrating his finishing skills.

Pollard & Pandya the Finishers for MI in IPL 2020

The Below Visual would be showing a comparison of the Average number of Balls faced per Innings by Pollard as a captain & Pre-captaincy.

Pollard is longer at the crease compared to Pre captaincy days.
Facing More balls per Innings as Captain so far 18 games

This shows that in those batting positions (between 4 to 7), he is strangely facing more balls since his inception as Captain from late 2019.

Now the below visual will depict how this has a direct bearing on his Scoring rates as a finisher for the Windies explained below.

Pollard as captain striking at 178 in 17 games.
Pollard Captaincy Sr 178 vs. Pre captaincy 125

The above visual clearly indicates on how Captaincy has Bloomed his Destructive batting for Windies. In the 17 games as captain this has really been a superb start for him personally.

Concluding Thoughts

Given the context of ICC event coming up in few months & the summer of T20 Fiesta, it is absolutely crucial for Pollard the captain to fire while finishing the innings. he has a “powerhouse” batting lineup to support him. There is definetly talk about a weakling in the Bowling at the moment. Considering this, last minute finishing at 178 SR, could help boost some 15 to 20 runs which could very well make up for the Bowling.

Lets wait & watch the Windies Summer of T20i’s on Pollard the destructive batsmen carries on.