Kieron Pollard must get few more overs to bat with no Pandya brothers in MI: Aakash Chopra

Chopra feels that Pollard's role is more important in MI this year with the absence of the Pandya brothers.

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Kieron Pollard. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
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The former cricketer turned commentator, Aakash Chopra has been quite vocal about his thoughts on the Indian team, the Indian Premier League, and world cricket, as a whole. Apart from Twitter, he expresses his views on his YouTube Channel on a regular basis.

In a recent tweet, Aakash spoke about the West Indies white-ball captain and experienced Mumbai Indians (MI) batter Kieron Pollard getting more overs under his belt, which can prove to be beneficial for the side to get back to winning ways in the tournament after three consecutive losses in IPL 2022.

Aakash Chopra expresses thoughts on Kieron Pollard’s batting

“Isn’t it a constant theme every year—Pollard must get a few more overs to bat? More so this year with no Pandya brothers to bat either side of him, thoughts,” Aakash tweeted on his official handle on the morning of 7 April.

In the 2022 edition of the tournament, the Pandya brothers are not available for MI and the onus is on Pollard to provide a late flourish in the final overs, which puts extra pressure on him to perform at crucial stages of the game. It is apparent that among the Pandya brothers, particularly Hardik was a consistent run-scorer for the team in the last few editions and provided support in the middle overs along with partnering up with Pollard to cause maximum possible damage to the opposition in the back-end of the innings.

However, Pollard has not looked his natural best in the first three matches of the ongoing IPL 2022 as well. In the first league match against Delhi Capitals (DC), he was dismissed for three off five balls and returned with 22 off 24 balls in the following game against Rajasthan Royals (RR).

In MI’s third league game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 6, Pollard came at number six and provided a contribution of 22 off five balls, despite not timing the ball well. His innings propelled MI to a total of 161.