#13YearsOfKieronPollard – 13 of his best performances for MI

By Mumbai Indians

13 glorious years. Five IPL titles. Two Champions League T20 titles. One memorable journey.

Kieron Pollard has been a superstar, and has been a pillar of strength for Mumbai Indians ever since the squad back in 2010. As one of our greatest cricketers hangs up his boots after 3,412 runs, 69 wickets and countless achievements, we take a trip down memory lane to commemorate his lasting contributions.

1.  IPL 2013 final | MI vs CSK: Pollard fights back, MI lift first-ever IPL trophy

The 2013 IPL final in Kolkata saw one of the greatest knocks from Pollard’s bat and it kickstarted the winning run for MI. With the team reeling at 52/4 batting first, Pollard walked in to play arguably his finest innings against the Chennai Super Kings. His 60 in 32 balls propelled MI to a respectable 148/5 in 20 overs and he even picked up a wicket. Cometh the big stage, cometh the champion!

2.  IPL 2012 | RR vs MI: A 64 and a four-fer

They say Pollard deals in only fours and sixes. So his 33-ball 64 with the bat, included six fours and four sixes, and then his bowling figures read 4-0-44-4. MI notched up 197, defended it easily, and things were a little too single-handed in all of this. 

3.  IPL 2010 | MI vs RCB: The trailer for Pollard mania

In his first season with MI, Kieron Pollard showed the world a glimpse of what was to come in the following years. He had scored 273 runs at a strike rate of 185.71 that season, and picked up 15 wickets. His standout performance came against RCB in the semi-final, when MI scored 184/5 batting first banking on his quickfire 13-ball 33. He also returned with figures of 3/17 with the ball, including the big scalps of Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa. He also ran out Rahul Dravid in the second innings.


4.  IPL 2019 | MI vs KXIP: A blistering 83 off 31 vs KXIP

In his first game as a stand-in captain, Pollard found himself right at the centre of the action. Mumbai were in a spot of bother, chasing a target of 198. Enter Pollard. This time with a promotion up to number four. His blistering 83 off 31 deliveries at a strike rate close to 270 drew curtains for Kings XI Punjab. He smashed 10 sixes in this innings, the second-most for an MI batter in IPL after Sanath Jayasuriya.

5. IPL 2013 | CSK vs MI: The one-handed boundary stunner

He first launched a typical death overs onslaught with an unbeaten 57 off 38 balls, helping MI finish with 148/6, which includes 52 runs in the last five overs. And then, with MS Dhoni seemingly having the chase under control, plucked out a stunning catch right at the edge of the deep mid-wicket boundary in the final over of the match to dismiss him and seal a narrow victory for MI.

6.  IPL 2020 | CSK vs MI: Pollard the tactical mastermind

In the few matches he got to captain Mumbai Indians, Pollard left his mark with his tactics. In the game against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020, in the absence of Rohit Sharma, he impressed everyone with his attacking use of the fast bowlers. Sensing some movement on the pitch, Pollard set very aggressive fields, kept the opening bowlers on for an extended spell, breaking the back of CSK’s top-order. He even had three slips at one point!

7. IPL 2013 | MI vs SRH: 9 off 10 to 66 off 27

Mumbai Indians seemed totally out of the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their league-stage fixture in 2013. With 62 to win in four overs, the Wankhede had lost its voice. Only for Pollard to bring it back and how. He smashed Thisara Perera for 29 runs in the 17th over and ended with a 27-ball 66 after being 9 off 10 balls at one stage, as MI chased the seemingly impossible total with three balls to spare. Talk about finishing skills!


8.  IPL 2021 | MI vs CSK: Nailing a record IPL chase

MI were reduced to 84/3 in 10 overs against Chennai Super Kings in 2021, chasing a mammoth 219 runs to win. With 135 runs to get in 10 overs, it seemed like the game was out of the Paltan’s hands. Trust Pollard to have different ideas. An absolutely explosive innings (87 in 34 balls) powered them to a miraculous last-ball win, recording the highest run chase in the tournament’s history.

9. IPL 2014 | RR vs MI: Acrobatic Pollard wins catch of the season

Pollard’s inimitable ability to pick up catches out of thin air produced some of IPL’s most iconic moments. One such incident occurred during MI’s 2014 league stage game against Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad. Kevon Cooper’s big hit seemed to have crossed the boundary for a six until Pollard leapt up a metre to catch the ball. But just as he was going behind the rope, he threw it back into the playing field and regained his balance to collect it again. Clearly something only Polly could have pulled off!

10. IPL 2015 | MI vs KKR: A final over defence in a must-win game

KKR needed just 12 runs to win in the final over at the Wankhede in 2015, when skipper Rohit Sharma handed the ball to Kieron Pollard. The all-rounder didn’t just dismiss the dangerous Yusuf Pathan, he conceded just six runs to help MI win the game by five runs. Polly had a memorable outing in 2015 with the bat, scoring 419 runs at a strike rate of 163.67, and as if that wasn’t enough, delivered on this occasion with the ball as well.

11. IPL 2015 | MI vs CSK: Another final, another exhibition of muscle against CSK

In his illustrious career, Pollard love for arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings comes out on multiple occasions. He repeated his 2013 heroics in 2015. His 18-ball 33, studded with three fours and two sixes towards the end of the innings, helped MI eclipse the 200-mark.

12. IPL 2020 | RCB vs MI: Need 90 in 5 overs? No problem

Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore played out a thrilling game in IPL 2020, whose result was decided in the super over. Chasing 202 runs, at one point, the asking rate nearly touched 20. SOS Polly. He came, he smashed 60 runs in just 24 deliveries, and with Ishan Kishan scoring a 99 at the other end, took the game into the super-over.

13. IPL 2010 | The first of many!

The trailer of the legend of Kieron Pollard was launched against the Delhi Daredevils in his inaugural season in 2010. He came out to bat with just three overs remaining in the first innings. He faced 13 deliveries and smashed 45 runs at a staggering strike rate of 346.15, which includes five big sixes. And then he squeezed in an economical spell of 0/15 in 4 overs to bag his first MoM. Warning bells were sounded!