Dwayne Bravo Suggested Kieron Pollard’s Name To Mumbai Indians

Dwayne Bravo, all-rounder revealed a fascinating story about defending champions Mumbai Indians and Kieron Pollard and how it was him who played a role in the franchise acquiring the big-hitting West Indies all-rounder. Dwayne Bravo had featured for Mumbai Indians in the first three editions of the IPL back in 2008, 2009, and 2010 before joining Chennai Super Kings the next year, and Mumbai Indians, without him, was in need of an equally effective replacement. Dwayne Bravo Gave Kieron Pollard’s Name When MI Needed His Replacement Initially, MI signed another West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Smith, but Kieron Pollard, who was

Dwayne Bravo Suggested Kieron Pollard’s Name To Mumbai Indians

Dwayne Bravo, all-rounder revealed a fascinating story about defending champions Mumbai Indians and Kieron Pollard and how it was him who played a role in the franchise acquiring the big-hitting West Indies all-rounder.

Dwayne Bravo had featured for Mumbai Indians in the first three editions of the IPL back in 2008, 2009, and 2010 before joining Chennai Super Kings the next year, and Mumbai Indians, without him, was in need of an equally effective replacement.

Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard in IPL 2012. (Getty Images)

Dwayne Bravo Gave Kieron Pollard’s Name When MI Needed His Replacement

Initially, MI signed another West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Smith, but Kieron Pollard, who was making waves in the West Indies domestic circuit was on everyone’s radar. At the 2010 IPL auction, MI, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders came up with some aggressive bidding to acquire Kieron Pollard, with the Mumbai-based franchise finally getting a grab of him. However, all this couldn’t have been possible without Dwayne Bravo.

“When Mumbai Indians needed a replacement for me, I gave them Kieron Pollard’s name. When they tried contacting him, he was playing for a club, so I recommended Dwayne Smith and he became my replacement,” Bravo had told Cricbuzz.

File photo of Chennai's Dwayne Bravo. Photograph:( IANS )
File photo of Chennai’s Dwayne Bravo. Photograph:( IANS )

“The following year, when it was the Champions League, I called Rahul (Sanghvi) and told Pollard, he’s here. Come and sign him now before the tournament starts. Rahul and Robin Singh left Mumbai and came to Hyderabad, I’ll never forget they came with a contract which at that time was 200,000 USD. I called Pollard, who came downstairs, and met them both in the lobby. He saw the contract. Now for coming from Trinidad, as a 19-year-old, that was wow. He said, ‘Dwayne are you serious?”

After plying his skills for the Mumbai Indians in the first three seasons, Dwayne Bravo was taken up by the ahead of the 2011 IPL. A hard-hitting batsman and a decent-paced bowler, Dwayne Bravo is an asset to any T20 side in the world. He scored 20 runs and took 3 scalps in IPL 2021 playing 4 games.

Dwayne Bravo: One Can’t See Mumbai Indians Without Kieron Pollard Nowadays

Kieron Pollard went on to become one of the biggest signings for . The all-rounder has been with the franchise since the last decade and has scored 3191 runs from 171 matches with 16 half-centuries. Over the years, he has scored many a match-winning knock for his team as MI went on to become five-time champions.

“It so happened in that same tournament, Pollard was unbelievable. The entire world stood on their feet and applauded him. Everyone wanted to know who’s this kid. When a shout came around that Mumbai already signed him, it was forced to go into the mini-auction,” Bravo said.

Mumbai Indians' Kieron Pollard after playing a match-winning knock against Chennai Super Kings in their IPL 2021 match. Sportzpics for IPL
Kieron Pollard after playing a match-winning knock against Chennai Super Kings in their IPL 2021 match.
Sportzpics for IPL

“IPL had put up a clause that no franchise can pay more than 750,000 USD to get him and eventually Mumbai won the bid. You cannot see Mumbai Indians without Pollard today.”

A Mumbai Indians’ veteran, Kieron Pollard has been with the side through thick and thin. He has seen MI emerge champions and he has seen them struggle. It is very clear that he is central to MI’s theme and the team management and the owners have immense faith in his all-around ability.

Kieron Pollard formed a critical part of the victorious MI squad in the 2020 season, smashing the ball at a strike rate of 191. In IPL 2021, before it was postponed, he scored 168 runs in 7 games averaging a staggering 56 at a strike rate of around 71 besides taking 3 wickets averaging 18 with the ball.

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Australia Distracted By India’s Sideshows During 2-1 Test Series Loss, Says Tim Paine

Tim Paine pointed fingers at India’s reported reluctance to go to Brisbane for the final Test as one of the instances of the visiting team trying to distract them. Australia was beaten at the Gabba as Tim Paine’s side lost the 4-Test series 2-1 to India. Australia captain Tim Paine has said his side allowed themselves to be distracted by India’s “sideshows” during the intense 4-Test series which the visitors won in a dramatic fashion earlier this year. Tim Paine Received Lot Of Criticism After Test Series Loss To India Tim Paine received a lot of flak after his side

Australia Distracted By India’s Sideshows During 2-1 Test Series Loss, Says Tim Paine

Tim Paine pointed fingers at India’s reported reluctance to go to Brisbane for the final Test as one of the instances of the visiting team trying to distract them. Australia was beaten at the Gabba as Tim Paine’s side lost the 4-Test series 2-1 to India.

Australia captain Tim Paine has said his side allowed themselves to be distracted by India’s “sideshows” during the intense 4-Test series which the visitors won in a dramatic fashion earlier this year.

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)

Tim Paine Received Lot Of Criticism After Test Series Loss To India

Tim Paine received a lot of flak after his side went 2-1 against a depleted Indian side which was without captain Virat Kohli after the first Test wherein the visitors were bundled out for 36, their lowest-ever Test score. India bounced back, hammering Australia in before they sealed a heroic draw in Sydney, denying Australia with some gutsy batting on a Day 5 pitch at the SCG.

The problems got bigger and bigger for India as they were without even one of their frontline bowlers for the fourth and final Test at the Gabba, where Australia hadn’t lost a Test since 1988. However, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s men breached the Gabba fortress, sealing an emphatic win after chasing down 329 on the final day.

Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Australia bowlers looked deflated on the final day and captain Tim Paine was far from impressed with his glovework and tactics. Australia lost the series 2-1 as India won their second successive series on Australian soil.

As the action moved to Gabba for the final game of the series – a venue where Australia had not lost a Test match since 1988, no one gave India a chance, and yet, the visitors proved everyone wrong, winning the match by three wickets, with Rishabh Pant once again leading India’s charge with an unbeaten 89, along with half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and young Shubman Gill (91).

Rishabh Pant’s 97 nearly turned the Sydney Test in India’s favour which India managed to draw while his 89 not out at Brisbane won them the series Down Under. Ajinkya Rahane set the tone for a dramatic turnaround for the visitors with a match-winning ton in the 2nd Test at Melbourne.

Tim Paine: Australia Was Distracted When India Informed They Weren’t Going To The Gabba

Paine, speaking to the press in Australia on Thursday, has pointed fingers at reports of India unwilling to go to Brisbane for the final Test as one of their efforts to distract the host team. While there was speculation about India’s reluctance over quarantine rules in Brisbane, none of the players or the team management said they would not travel to Queensland. Eventually, the final Test went ahead at the Gabba only to see Australia losing their fortress.

“Part of the challenge of playing against India is they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that,” Tim Paine said, as quoted by news.com.au.

“The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball.”

Virat Kohli backs Ajinkya Rahane Image Source : GETTY IMAGE
Virat Kohli backs Ajinkya Rahane
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After winning the Test series in Australia, India returned home to a hero’s welcome. They lost the first Test of a 4-Test series against England at home but bounced back to win the series 3-1 and booked a place in the final of the World Test Championship.

Virat Kohli’s men will travel to England in the first week of June and complete the mandatory quarantine period before taking on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in Southampton from June 18 before 5 Tests against hosts England commences from August.

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