Kieron Pollard has yet to get a chance to explode in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Mumbai Indians' clinical performance in their first two games meant that the service of the big-hitting West Indian was not needed.
He has contributed with the ball 0-18 against Delhi Daredevils and 2-25 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The way Pollard batted in the nets on the eve of Friday's match, the Mumbai crowd can expect a royal treat from the Mumbai Indians dasher as the team braces up for its first home game of the season against Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Wankhede Stadium. Pollard, who batted in the nets for nearly two hours, hit high into the stands and also managed to despatch a few out of the ground with ease.
Pollard, one of the players retained by the Mumbai Indians, is raring to go, but doesn't mind waiting if the team's top order keeps finishing it off like in previous matches. MiD DAY caught up with him for an exclusive chat after a practice session on Thursday.
From what we saw in the nets, you must be itching to play your big shots today?
Yes, I am raring to go in the IPL. I am looking forward to doing well for Mumbai Indians and help continue the
momentum we have got.
Are you frustrated about not getting a chance to bat in the tournament so far?
(Smiles) The guys have been doing well so far, so hopefully they will continue the good work. I have no problem in not getting a chance (to bat) as long as the team is winning. That is important to me. I am backing myself to do my best whenever needed. Having said that, we have to keep the momentum going.
You had a quiet World Cup with the bat. Are you itching to play your natural game?
The World Cup is over and I am here playing in the IPL. It is just a matter of doing well in my little way. Whenever I am needed, I can hopefully go out there and do the job for Mumbai Indians.
How do you view the contest against Kochi Tuskers?
We look at it as just another game of cricket. It is a home game so we will get crowd support. We have done well in our away games so far. As I said, we are looking forward to keeping the momentum going.
Will we see Pollard free his arms?
It is not a matter of just freeing my hands. It is important for me to do what is needed for my team at that moment. I will play according to my role, play each ball on merit and contribute to the team's cause.