Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard. (Picture Supply: IPL/BCCI)

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard won’t be retained by the Mumbai Indians for the 16th version of the Indian Premier League. Pollard had a horrible time with the bat this season. Within the 11 video games that he performed, he might handle solely 144 runs at a poor common of 14.40.

Mumbai Indians had their worst season this 12 months as they turned the primary group to be knocked out of the race. In the direction of the tip of the league stage, Pollard was dropped from the taking part in XI as Rohit Sharma determined to present possibilities to the budding cricketers within the camp. The five-time champions, because of their dismal run, ended final within the factors desk.

“I feel we now have seen the final of Kieron Pollard. ₹6 crores shall be launched in the event that they don’t retain him. I feel they’ll let Murugan Ashwin (₹1.6 crores) go as nicely. I’m not certain about Jaydev Unadkat (₹1.3 crores) however they’ll undoubtedly say bye-bye to Tymal Mills (₹1.5 crores),” mentioned Chopra whereas talking on his YouTube channel.

Tilak Varma is a future funding: Aakash Chopra

Whereas there have been just a few gamers who couldn’t stand as much as the expectations, there have been some who made a mark this season for MI. One of many most interesting findings of MI this season was Tilak Varma, who batted persistently all through the season within the group’s center order and contributed to the franchise’s victories this season.

“He’s completely sensible. He was given an opportunity to bat up the order and delivered it. He’s a future funding. He has an excellent temperament and it doesn’t appear to be he may have second-season blues. Additionally, Mumbai didn’t present sufficient confidence in Tim David. However after they did, he showcased his expertise,” he added.

Varma completed the season with 397 runs within the bag from 14 video games at a strike charge of 131.02, whereas David knocked up 186 runs in eight video games with a strong strike charge of 216.28. Chopra feels that although the group had highly effective batters within the prime order and center order, what stopped them from profitable video games was the shortage of all-rounders.

“There are not any points with batting as such. The issue is with the shortage of all-rounders. It’s a really one-dimensional group. Batters don’t bowl, bowlers don’t bat. That’s the place they have been pegged again. Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, and Pollard used to do the job earlier however that’s not taking place now,” he concluded.