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MUMBAI, INDIA---Kieron Pollard is
capable of hitting bigger sixes than
countryman Chris Gayle. Off the pitch
though he typifies Caribbean exuber-
ance, always ready for some fun.
Shoppers at the High Street Phoenix
mall got a pleasant surprise when they
came across the gentle West Indian
giant who was there as part of a pro-
motional activity organised by Adidas,
who also sponsor his IPL team the
Shawn D'Souza caught up with the
stylish all-rounder for a candid chat.
Q: You are perhaps one of the most
feared T20 batsmen. Do you think
Mumbai Indians (MI) should push you
up the order?
A: I bat wherever the team needs me
to bat as the team comes first. It's not
about me but what is best for the team.
I am happy, as long as I get enough
balls to score my runs.
Despite your height, you dive around
on the field like a flyweight...how do
you rate the standard of fielding among
the Indian players?
Fielding here has been fantastic during
the IPL. Players realise that fielding is
extremely important, perhaps the most
critical aspect in T20 cricket. The more
runs you save, the less runs you have
to make. But India has a fantastic field-
ing side. Look at Virat Kohli, Suresh
Raina, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jade-
ja. As far as moving on the field is con-
cerned, these guys are in a different
The Windies players have been per-
forming exceptionally well in the IPL,
with Chris Gayle piling on the runs,
Darren Sammy getting into the act
and you, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Smith
and the rest doing well. Yet as a
national team, your record in Tests
and One Day Internationals (ODIs) of
late hasn t been great...why is this?
Yes it's true we were not doing well
at all. But, for everything you have to
take baby steps. Before you walk you
have to crawl. In the shortest format,
we are doing well. In fact we are now
the world champions! Maybe we can
take that form into ODI and then hope-
fully in to test cricket as well. Everything
takes time. Ask me this question in a
year's time and I'll see if I can answer
this differently then.
When you hit a ball, it stays hit.
What is the secret behind your ability
to hit some of the biggest sixes so
I think it's all about timing, watching
the ball and then having a good swing
at it. It's a risky situation I put myself
into, when I try to hit a six every over.
I know I run the risk of mis-hitting and
getting out. But that is the nature of
T20 cricket and you need to back your-
self to go out there and perform.
Cricket is no longer a seasonal game,
but we are sure you do get breaks. How
do you chill out when not playing?
Well I mostly spend time with my
family. And I sleep a lot, even though
that sounds boring. And yes I am a
West Indian, so after each game a few
drinks is par for the course. Basically
I just chill out and defocus when not
playing because the pressure on the
cricket field is so high. You need time
to relax and unwind.
You turn out for MI at the IPL, for
the Trinidad & Tobago side as well as
for the Dhaka Gladiators in the
Bangladesh Premier League. How has
playing for clubs across the world
Even as a regular international player,
we experience different conditions
wherever we go. So playing in a foreign
country for a sustained period of time,
does help in acclimatising to conditions
when one comes back to play Tests or
ODIS. It helps to keep excelling in the
All MI players are sporting a new
jersey this year that promises to keep
you two degrees cooler. Is it helping?
Or you still need your pint of beer at
Yes, the jersey really does help beat
the scorching heat. So it's a great inno-
vation. But I would probably get myself
a beer too.
all-rounder Timroy Allen has
received an official warning and rep-
rimand for his behaviour during the
United States two-wicket victory
over Oman at Somerset on Thursday
in a 50-overs ICC World Cricket
League (WCL) Division 3 tourna-
ment match, officials announced.
Allen, 26, received his punishment
after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach
of the ICC code of conduct.
Allen was found to found to have
breached Article 2.1.8 of the code of
conduct which relates to "conduct
contrary to the spirit of the game and
that brings the game into dispute".
The player admitted the offence
and accepted the proposed sanction
offered to him by tournament referee
David Jukes. As such there was no
need for a formal hearing, officials
The incident took place after Allen
refused to shake the hand of match
umpire Niels Bagh of Denmark.
The charge was laid by Bagh and
his fellow umpire Roger Dill. CMC
You have to
Allen earns reprimand
Keiron Pollard takes another beauty
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