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West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard announces retirement from international cricket, see how cricketers reacted to it

Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket. However, the allrounder will continue to take part in private T20 and T10 leagues across the world.

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West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard

West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket. However, the allrounder will continue to take part in private T20 and T10 leagues across the world.

Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket through his Instagram page. He wrote, “Hi everyone, after careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from international cricket. It was a dream of mine to play for West Indies since I was a 10-year-old boy and I am proud to represent the West Indies for over 15 years in T20 and ODI format of the game.”

Chris Gayle and Sachin Tendulkar wishes him luck for the next chapter and congratulated him fir representing the West Indies cricket. Kunal Pandya commented under his post saying “All time legend Polly! Lots of love my brother,” while he fellow IPL teammate Suryakumar Yadav wrote, “My brother, you’re an inspiration and a legend. All the very best.” The six-hitter feared by all will be missed by all as well. Kieron Pollard and MI fans were heartbroken as soon as the news of his retirement was out. Other IPL franchises also wished Pollard on completing his international cricket journey.

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The 34-year-old Pollard made his ODI debut in 2007. He played his last series against India, seemingly a country which has become Pollard’s second home due to his long association with the most successful team of IPL, Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard played around 123 ODIs and 101 T20 matches for West Indies. And He scored 2706 ODI runs with the average of 26, with 55 wickets. On the other front, in T20 internationals, he scored 1569 runs at an average of over 25 and also took 44 wickets.

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Yes! Pollard has three centuries in ODIs, but he was never the same player for West Indies as he has been for Mumbai Indians. Reason being the West Indies cricket’s financial crunch that burdened Pollard to realize his priorities. And probably that’s the reason for Pollard not being at his best while representing his national side.

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Fans react to viral video of MS Dhoni in RCB dressing room after a warm welcome in Chinnaswamy

CSK is all set to clash with RCB tomorrow, on Saturday, at 7:30 PM

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The former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, MS Dhoni, was recently seen in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dressing room. The now-viral video was posted by RCB’s official social account, in which they were seen welcoming Dhoni with a cup of tea.

Sharing the video on social media, RCB captioned it, Welcome to Bengaluru Mahi. The viral video got a lot of attention, as till now the video has gained 17 lakh likes and 4000 comments. This gesture of sportsmanship has won hearts across the cricket fraternity.

Fans on social media are loving this display of respect and fair play between archrivals. Many fans have expressed their appreciation for the mutual respect between Dhoni and the RCB team. It’s a refreshing reminder that even during fierce competition, the spirit of sportsmanship can prevail.

Social media reacted to the video by saying it was divided by teams and united by Chai. People on social media commented that this is what cricket is all about: respect for the game and the legends expressing their love for cricket as a sport. A user wrote, who would know that they’d see Mahi in the RCB den.

Another user commented, saying, this warms his heart. It is great to see such generosity despite the competition, A third user said. Even former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag shared his emotions, saying it looks like Dhoni forgot which dressing room he was in! Just kidding, this is brilliant stuff, he added. Sehwag also said this shows the true spirit of the game.

Meanwhile, under the captainship of MS Dhoni, CSK has lifted the IPL trophy 5-times, while RCB is yet to a title.

Ruturaj Gaikwad-led CSK is all set to clash with Faf du Plessis-led RCB tomorrow, on Saturday, at 7:30 PM. The heated clash will be live streamed on Jio Tv.

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Virat Kohli reveals post-retirement plans, says fans won’t see him for a while

Virat Kohli currently leads the list of top run-scorers in the ongoing IPL 2024, having amassed an impressive 661 runs in 13 innings at a striking strike rate of 155.16 and an outstanding average of 66.10.

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Former India captain and Royal Challengers Bangluru (RCB)’s star player Virat Kohli has unveiled his post-retirement plans. The cricketer hinted that once he finishes his career, he won’t appear in the limelight for a duration of time and will be on hiatus before taking the next step.

While Virat Kohli has typically kept his retirement intentions under wraps, he recently made a notable statement, articulating his aspiration to conclude his career with no regrets and to continue giving his utmost until he decides to step away from the game.

Ahead of the RCB’s big clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), at the Royal Gala Dinner in Bengaluru, the 35-year-old cricketer shared insights into his contemplations about life after retirement from cricket. He expressed the significance of acknowledging the finite nature of a sports career. He conveyed a proactive approach towards planning for the eventual conclusion of his playing days, emphasizing the need to confront this reality head-on. Kohli underscored his determination to avoid any semblance of regret by meticulously addressing all unfinished objectives and aspirations before bidding farewell to the sport that has defined his existence.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli currently leads the list of top run-scorers in the ongoing IPL 2024, having amassed an impressive 661 runs in 13 innings at a striking strike rate of 155.16 and an outstanding average of 66.10. His remarkable performance includes 5 fifties and one century. Despite Kohli’s stellar contributions, RCB is on the fifth position on the IPL table with 12 points from 13 matches.

Following the IPL, Virat Kohli is gearing up to represent India in the ICC T20 World Cup, with the aim of ending India’s ICC trophy drought. Initially, there were uncertainties about Kohli’s inclusion in the squad, fueled by reports suggesting selectors’ concerns about his T20 approach. However, Kohli silenced his critics with sensational power-hitting and a high strike rate during IPL 2024, reaffirming his indispensability to the Indian team.

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Gautam Gambhir still regrets not using SKY to his best potential in KKR

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Former Indian cricket player Gautam Gambir has expressed his regret for not utilizing Suryakumar Yadav’s potential during his 10 years tenure as captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He added that the team never managed to use Suryakumar Yadav to his potential.

He further reasoned that Suryakumar Yadav played down the order in several matches because he could play only one player at no. 3, and as a captain, he had to think about the other players in the playing XI. The former KKR captain recalled that Yadav was always willing to contribute to the squad, whether he was benched or played at No. 6 or 7.

Gautam Gambhir said that Suryakumar Yadav, who currently plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL, can perform best accross all formats and is a key player when it comes to ODI. He asserted that the Mumbai Indians player can be dangerous in the ODI format as well. The KKR coach hoped that Yadav will not make himself a one-format player, and keep working hard.

Suryakumar Yadav started his IPL career with Mumbai Indians in 2011 and played a crucial role in winning the trophy that year. In 2014, he was moved to KKR for 4 years where he played under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy. Featuring as a lower middle-order batter in KKR, Suryakumar Yadav showcased his batting prowess, accumulating 608 runs in 54 matches. In 2018, Suryakumar was again bought by Mumbai Indians where he bats at No 3.

Reacting to Gautam Ghambir’s regret for not utilising Suryakumar Yadav to his potential, social media users shared old posts from 2015 in which Gambir appreciated the entire KKR team but especially praised Suryakumar Yadav and asked fans to give him the nickname SKY.

Some X, formerly Twitter users also shared pictures of Gambhir and Suryakumar when they were teammates and played for KKR. They also posted runs scored by Suryakumar Yadav in T20 matches and praised his captaincy in T20 matches against Australia in the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma and Vice-captain Hardik Pandya.

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