Pollard thankful to Kohli for dropping him at 99 in final ODI

Kieron Pollard slammed 10 sixes and four boundaries during his knock of 119 © Getty Images

By R Eswar

 

Chennai: Dec 11, 2011

 

After scoring his maiden ton, Kieron Pollard stated that he would want to be more consistent at the international level.

 

“I hope that I am more consistent. Thank God, I got my maiden hundred. Wanted the team to win. Didn’t happen today. Just have to go back and reflect on what went wrong. First couple of games were really close. Hopefully, we’ll take acouple of months off international cricket and reflect and comeback strong for Australia,” Pollard told the mediapersons.

 

Asked about how important this knock has been, he replied,”Significant hundred. I was looking for a different approach after I have had a couple of starts in the earlier matches. Thank God, one of the best fielders (Kohli) in India dropped me on 99 tonight.”

 

Pollard said that his mantra was simple, to go for the ball which is in your slot.

 

“I was looking for singles, and when the ball is in your arc, go for it. Hopefully, I will learn from this innings and do well for West Indies in future also.”

 

Pollard didn’t seemed to be perturbed about the public opinion that he is only a T20 player.

 

“Everybody has an opinion. As far as I am concerned, I feel that when I go back to my room I should know that I have given my hundred percent. I can be harsh with myself, if I’ve played a bad shot. But at the end of the day, what people have to say are just opinions.”

 

Pollard said that it’s just a mental aspect that West Indies are not being able to win close games.

 

“It’s just a mental aspect or killer instinct. Past West Indian sides had it, then the Aussies had it and now India is doing really well. Hopefully, we’ll be better equipped mentally to handle close matches in the future.” (PTI)