‘You’ll have to say it’: Kieron Pollard on MI being the best T20 franchise

The Mumbai Indians became the second team after the Chennai Super Kings to successfully defend the Indian Premier League title on Tuesday. CSK and MI are both considered heavyweights in this competition, but what separates the two is the number of titles.

While CSK won three, MI has now claimed its fifth IPL crown. On Tuesday evening, the Mumbai unit produced an overall performance and outclassed the Delhi capitals in the five-wicket top shock. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma led his team forward, scoring 68 on 51 balls, while Trent Boult dealt most of the damage with the ball.

Moments after the victory, all-round star Kieron Pollard called the Mumbai Indians the best T20 franchise in the world. The big guy from the Caribbean felt MI’s goal was to get the most out of each individual and the way he nurtured raw talent, who continued to excel on the international circuit after gaining prominence in IPL. .

“It’s a great feeling, it means a lot,” Pollard told former West Indies fast pitcher Ian Bishop on the official broadcast after the last title race, and added, “having been here for 11 years, (one) fifth the trophy is fantastic.

Pollard, who has been a part of many T20 franchises around the world, when asked if the Mumbai Indians were the best team he has worked with, said, “With the amount of trophies, the amount of work and the the number of players who have played international cricket. , play for India, play for their respective different countries, I think you will have to say it.

Pollard admitted there was pressure to play with a franchise that had been a long-time favorite and featured heavyweights including captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.

“The work that goes on behind the scenes – no one sees the preparation, the planning and actually getting out and delivering on the ground,” Pollard said. “It’s a pressure, yeah, to play for a big franchise like this, but you can only improve as an individual if you take everything on board, take it with a pinch of salt and take- the positively.

“The way we plan, every box is checked in what we want to achieve as a team. Forerunners, mid-tier batsmen, finishers, death bowlers… we have plenty of them on our team. Again, kudos must go to the property and the management staff and everyone for the work they do behind the scenes in projecting this team onto the international stage. May this continue for a long time for us.

He also took the opportunity to tease his versatile Windies compatriot Dwayne Bravo, a veteran of the Super Kings: “Five trophies is a bit unprecedented. The closest to us now is three. Dwayne Bravo, you’re behind now, I’m in front of you.

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