3 Teams that can target Kieron Pollard if Mumbai Indians doesn’t use RTM card in IPL 2022 auction
Kieron Pollard has been with Mumbai Indians since his debut season in 2010.
Updated - May 8, 2021 2:23 pm
Kieron Pollard and Mumbai Indians have become synonyms to each other over the years. The Big West Indian has seen many ups and downs with the Mumbai franchise but has been an integral part of their set-up during their five title runs. There is a reason why the franchise has stuck to the all-rounder and he recently proved his worth once again when he smashed 87 runs from 34 balls to help his side stage a comeback during their run chase of 219 against Chennai.
However, with the big auction coming up next year, Mumbai might have to release the current West Indian white-ball skipper. The last time when this situation had emerged, MI was successful in buying back Pollard by using the Right To Match (RTM) card. But if they don’t, other teams will target him in the auction.
Here are 3 teams that will target Kieron Pollard in the IPL 2022 auction
1. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
After managing to win titles during Gautam Gambhir’s stint as the captain, KKR has faded away as one of the most dominant forces in the Indian Premier League. After Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan have led the franchise. Karthik led them to a single playoff finish during his inaugural season as the captain in 2018.
In 2019 and 2020, they failed to replicate their performances ending as the fifth-ranked side on both occasions. They even lost five out of their seven matches in the IPL 2021 before it got suspended. Considering how the team has performed under Eoin Morgan, KKR might just let him go ahead of the 2022 season and start building a team with a new captain.
Kieron Pollard could be their bet, considering the fact that he leads Trinbago Knight Riders and even led them to a title in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League. On top of that, Pollard is everything KKR needs. They need a solid captain, who is experienced in the format, is a good middle-order batsman, and can improve the balance of the team. Pollard fits completely for a role in the KKR team.