Kieron Pollard's selection in the side gave birth to controversies © AFP
Kieron Pollard’s selection in the side gave birth to controversies © AFP

Kieron Pollard has been in and out of the controversy lately with his problems with West Indies Cricket Board . Amidst all the controversies he has been selected in the West Indies squad for tri-series featuring South Africa and Australia. He has been out of the side for almost 2 years. His selection in the national side raised a few many eyebrows. A twitter battle between him and Chris Gayle- Dwayne Bravo started asking him what made him earn a berth in the side. Although, it was banter but there were some the questions over his selection were true. Earlier in this year he slammed the board for not treating the players as they were supposed to, earlier this year. He even pulled out of T20 World Cup 2016 squad along with fellow teammate, Sunil Narine.  Live Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs South Africa, Tri-Nation Series 2016, Match 1 at Guyana

His recent form has been far from impressive and that is the reason why his selection has grabbed huge amount of attention. The only reason he can be selected in the side is his explosive batting which he has failed to do in recent times.  Although he has been brilliant in the field with his fielding but he has not been able to bowl well.  As a result he ended up wicket-less at the end of Indian Premier League (IPL) season 9 and scored 207 runs at an average of 25.87. His stint with Mumbai Indians franchisee this season had only one innings worth mentioning when he scored 51. ALSO READ: WI vs SA, Tri-Nation Series, Match 1: WI likely XI

There were more deserving candidates for a berth in the national side. Dwayne Bravo has a similar average in ODIs and a better record with his bowling. He had a brilliant IPL 9 bowling accurately at the death. The list does not end here. Andre Russell too is in decent touch with both bat and ball. He was the key player for his franchisee Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) before he got injured for a couple of matches. ALSO READ: Chris Gayle: Truly the Universe Boss

Even Gayle has a far better batting average (37.33) than Pollard. He came back in the form towards the end of IPL 9 helping Royal Challengers Bangalore reach finals and then almost winning the match for his team in the final. He is an impact player and can even bowl a few overs in the middle. He has a total of 163 wicket in ODIs and can prove beneficial against South Africa who struggle against the spin.

But this is Pollard’s chance to make his name in the team and produce match-winning innings to justify his selection and silence the critics and his teammates. He will be able to book a permanent berth in the side if he performs consistently in the Tri-series starting today.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)