Kieron Pollard enters the elite club of most runs in T20 Internationals
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard, on Friday, turned out to be just the third player to score up 9000 runs in T20 cricket following his rankling 37-run knock off 21 deliveries in the progressing Pakistan Super League.
Pollard, who came to bat for Peshawar Zalmi, crushed four sixes and one boundary to help the Pakistan Super League (PSL) outfit post a huge total of 214 runs in 20 overs. Pollard joins Brendan McCullum and Chris Gayle in an elite list of players to pile on 9000 runs in T20 cricket.
In 20-over format, Pollard has 9030 runs to his name in 458 matches. The Windies all rounder has scored his runs at an amazing strike-rate of 150.47 while hitting 585 sixes and boundaries each.
Presently viewed as a standout amongst the most perilous players to have in a side, Pollard made his introduction in the shortest format of the game in 2006 and has played for Mumbai Indians, Adelaide Strikers, Barbados Tridents, Cape Cobras, Karachi Kings, Dhaka Gladiators, Melbourne Renegades, Multan Sultans, Peshawar Zalmi, South Australia, ST Lucia Stars, Trinidad and Tobago, and Somerset in T20 leagues over the world.
The former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has 9922 runs from 370 T20 matches with 7 tons and 55 half-hundreds of years to his name, while Gayle is the main run-getter in T20 format with 12318 runs added to his repertoire.
Gayle has crushed a record 21 centuries and 76 fifties in T20s while becoming well known as ostensibly the most hard-hitter batsman on his day. Though Pollard has one hundred and 45 half-hundreds of years to his name.
In internationale cricket, Pollard has pounded 788 runs in 59 T20I counterparts for West Indies with a best score of 63 not-out.
The numbers are profoundly noteworthy considering the way that Pollard normally comes route down the batting request and has the job of giving completing touches to an innings.
He will next be found in the final of PSL 2019 between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, which will be played on February 17 in Karachi, after which the Windies all-rounder will join IPL side Mumbai Indians for the 2019 version of the most popular league.
– Khan Mutasim Billah Life ( Correspondent, Bdcrictime.com)