Kieron Pollard aged 34 years bids adieu to his 15-year-long international career. He announced his retirement from international cricket on 20 April 2022. This marks the end of an entertainment era. The untimely news astonished everybody and we just couldn’t control ourselves from reliving his world-class unbelievable knocks from his international career.
Relive Kieron Pollard’s Finest Career Moments
1) 94 Against Ireland in the 2011 World Cup
4 years after his debut ODI match, the big man finally made an impact in a One Day International match. The impact was so blistering that it took away the Irish bowlers.
Kieron Pollard came to bat when West Indies were struggling 130/3 against Ireland in the 2011 world cup group match. He and Smith built a partnership to take West Indies to a defendable total. Pollard smashed bowlers all around the park before getting dismissed in the penultimate over.
2) 68 Off 39 Balls by Kieron Pollard Against India
When Pollard is on strike, you cannot write a team off from a chase even if the total is as big as 241 runs. Yes, India set a target of 242 runs for the West Indies in the t20i match. Everything seemed to be under control for India until the big man came to bat and smashed the Indian bowler for those monstrous sixes, but 241 was a gigantic total to be chased alone by the big man.
3) 2012 T20 World Cup Semi-Final Knock
The 2012 T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia is memorable for Pollard who helped West Indies to reach the T20 World Cup final and later lift their 1st T20 World Cup trophy.
West Indies had a good start with Chris Gayle’s 75-run knock but Pollard made sure to provide the finishing touch by scoring 38 runs off 15 balls. He didn’t settle for this and put the final nail in the coffin by taking Australia’s then captain George Bailey and Pat Cummins’s wicket on two consecutive deliveries.
4) ODI Century Against Australia in 2012
West Indies were struggling to make an impact in ODI cricket post their champions trophy campaign. As a result, the team was losing the majority of tours as no batter could stand up and perform consistently for the team.
Pollard raised his hand against Australia in the 4th ODI in 2012 where he smashed 109* and also bowled 5 economical overs. A power-packed all-round performance from Kieron Pollard established him in the cricket world.
5) T20 Match Against New Zealand in 2020
The Lord of T20 cricket holds the ability to play on his terms in the batting order. Even after a good start from openers, the West Indies middle-order collapsed and Kieron Pollard, the captain, came to the rescue and smashed Kiwis bowler to accumulate 75runs off merely 37 deliveries. Although, West Indies lost the match but Pollard’s knock put up a decent total of 180 against NZ.
6) 6 Sixes Against Sri Lanka in 2021
Kieron Pollard became only the third batsman ever in international cricket to hit six sixes in an over. Who would have imagined that the same bowler who has taken a hattrick in the match will concede 6 sixes in the same match?
Akila Dananjaya had taken a hattrick dismissing Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran but Pollard storm took no notice of it. As he smashed the hattrick hero for 6 sixes in the next over to take away all the limelight from him.
We will miss those monstrous sixes straight down the ground from the big man in international cricket.