Kieron Pollard, who made his IPL debut in 2010, has been a key player for Mumbai Indians. He has not played for any team other than Mumbai in IPL so far. But this season he has failed completely with the bat. In 11 matches, Pollard scored 144 runs at an average of 14.4 and a strike rate of 107. Huh. Except for the 2011 season, Pollard has the worst strike rate in any season at 133. In these 11 matches, he has been able to hit only 6 fours. For the first time in a league season, he has hit less than 10 fours.
Rohit Sharma told the reason
Today Kieron Pollard is also celebrating his 35th birthday. Captain Rohit Sharma told at the time of toss that the team wants to try some players. That’s why Pollard has been dropped. 21-year-old Tristan Stubbs has got a chance in place of Pollard. Stubbs hasn’t debuted for South Africa but has a stellar record in domestic cricket. The team has added him in place of Tymal Mills. Now Pollard is hardly seen playing this season. He was retained by Mumbai before the auction.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (C/W), Dwayne Bravo, Mahesh Thekshana, Simarjit Singh, Mukesh Chaudhary.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Verma, Tristan Stubbs, Ramandeep Singh, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Kumar Karthikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith.