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IPL 2014: Kieron Pollard says Mumbai Indians have pressure of being defending champions

Kieron Pollard is back fit again after being sidelined for six months by a knee injury © IANS
Kieron Pollard is back fit again after being sidelined for six months by a knee injury © IANS

Port of Spain: Apr 11, 2014

Kieron Pollard has warmed up for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) with a match-winning century for Trinidad and Tobago in a three-day Caribbean First-Class game against Jamaica and said he is now looking forward to the tournament.

This was only the Mumbai Indians all-rounder’s second match after being sidelined for six months by a knee injury. He scored 111 off 169 balls as Trinidad and Tobago won by 145 runs.

Mumbai Indians will enter the seventh edition of the cash-rich league as defending champions.

Pollard’s last match before picking up the injury was the Champions League T20 final in which he picked up three wickets to set up Mumbai Indians’ second title win.

One of the five players retained by the franchise ahead of the 2014 auction, Pollard said he was looking forward to the IPL.

“We’re the defending champions so the pressure is always there. You always want to win that tournament. For me, it’s to do whatever is required, it’s Twenty20 cricket, it’s not every day you’re going to come off so it’s what the team requires at that point in time and adjust their game to suit,” Pollard said.

“I’m three-dimensional in terms of batting, bowling and fielding, so, I just want to go out there and do my best,” he added.

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