Kieron Pollard has been retained by Mumbai Indians © IANS
Kieron Pollard has been retained by Mumbai Indians © IANS

Mumbai Indians (MI) have mentioned about the unity in the ‘MI family’ and it was well reflected during the IPL 2018 auctions. The team retained a good chunk of their core team, including West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard. Pollard, after being picked by MI once again, thanked the franchise for ‘keeping faith on him’. Delhi Daredevils had won the bid to pick Pollard for INR 5.4 crore but MI used RTM to retain him.

“I just want to thank Mumbai Indians for entrusting faith in me once again,” Pollard told EspnCricinfo. “Going into the auction then hearing that you were going to be retained, you know you have forged a very good relationship. When you talk of commitment to one, you can be committed to. People stand by you in difficult times, in good times and you reward them in the end. I am happy to be back at Mumbai Indians and looking forward to do special things,” he added.

Pollard says he believes he still has cricket left in him and these franchise-based leagues act as parameters.

“We had discussions before, but in auction you never know. But it gives you that sense of belonging. I also want to say this: playing the leagues gives me the fire inside to continue to perform and continue to show what I can do on a cricket field despite what other people think about me, about my performance, if I am good enough, if they want me or it. It gives me that burning desire. That is the motivating factor. They are not going to dampen my spirits. I am young. I have a lot of cricket left in me whichever cricket I play. I am going to give my 100 percent,” he added.