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Five of Kieron Pollard’s best performances for West Indies

West Indies hand New Zealand first T20 loss of 2022

West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket, calling time on a career that saw him feature more than 200 times across one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

Pollard, 34, played 123 ODIs and 101 T20s for West Indies since making his debut in 2007, scoring 4,275 runs and taking 97 wickets in total. The Trinidadian all-rounder was part of the team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012. He led West Indies 61 times in the two formats, of which they won 25.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has pointed out five of the best performances produced by Kieron Pollard during his illustrious white-ball career.

1. Pollard’s 94 from just 55 balls against Ireland at 2011 World Cup

While Pollard made his ODI debut as a teenager at the 2007 World Cup on home soil, it wasn’t until some four years later on March 11, 2011 later the right-hander made his mark on a big international event.

He did it in style as he combined with fellow dasher Devon Smith (107 from 133 balls) to demolish an Irish bowling line-up with a scintillating knock of 94 from just 55 deliveries in Mohali.

Pollard came to the crease at 130/3 after 32 overs, but he and Smith put on 88 in quick time to help West Indies post a big score in the group clash.

Pollard was eventually dismissed in the penultimate over, but not before he had made his mark on the biggest stage of all by smashing eight boundaries and five massive sixes in what was an outstanding individual display of power-hitting.

2. Highest ODI score in a losing side against India

Pollard obviously enjoyed playing in India and the attacking middle-order batter was full of confidence as he embarked on West Indies’ tour of the subcontinent towards the end of 2011.

While the tour didn’t go to plan for the Caribbean side – India claimed a 4-1 triumph in the ODI series on the back of dominant performances from the likes of Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

Pollard was one visiting player that stood tall. He scored 199 runs from five hits – the most by any West Indies player – including a career best 119 in the final ODI of the series in Chennai.

Pollard came to the crease with his side at 36/4 and chasing India’s healthy score of 267/6 and he combined with fellow all-rounder Andre Russell (53 off 42 balls) to take West Indies within sight of victory.

It wasn’t to be, but Pollard still managed to bring up three figures and finished with four boundaries and 10 maximums in an excellent display of poise and skill.

Highest ODI score for Pollard against India

3. Pollard’s century against Australia

Pollard was in a rich vein of form and it didn’t take him long to take a liking to the strong Australian side during their series of the Caribbean at the start of 2012.

It was the fourth ODI of the series at Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia and Pollard wasn’t put off by a strong Australian attack that included speedster Brett Lee, left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty and all-rounder Shane Watson as captain.

Pollard obviously enjoyed batting with Andre Russell (34 off 32 balls) as the pair put on 94 for the sixth wicket in quick time to put West Indies in a dominant position.

Pollard was eventually dismissed by Lee in the final over of the innings, but not before he had brought up his second ODI hundred and led West Indies to a winning score of 294/7 from their 50 overs.

Pollard scores a brilliant century against Australia

4. Pollard shines in semi-final win over Australia

In October 2012, West Indies claimed their first T20 World Cup title and Pollard was front and centre in a star-studded side that brought plenty of life to the 20-over showcase in Sri Lanka.

It was in the cut-throat semi-final against Australia in Colombo where Pollard shined brightest as he dominated with bat and ball to ensure the Caribbean side booked their place in the title decider.

Dynamic opener Chris Gayle (75* off 41 balls) had already given West Indies a decent start, but Pollard made sure they were able to post a big score as he hit three fours and three sixes and contributed 38 from just 15 deliveries to guide the score past 200.

That was always going to be difficult for Australia to chase down and Pollard made sure they had next to no chance by dismissing skipper George Bailey and current Test captain Pat Cummins in consecutive deliveries just when the Aussies were pressing hard and his team needed a breakthrough.

5. Pollard joins elite club with six sixes in an over

Injury derailed much of the second half of Pollard’s career and he even had to sit out the 2016 T20 World Cup in India when he was expected to dominate.

However, that didn’t stop Pollard from producing his most well-known feat in the twilight of his career when he became just the third player in international cricket to hit the same bowler for six sixes in one over.

Akila Dananjaya had earlier taken a hat-trick by dismissing Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran with consecutive deliveries, but Pollard took no notice of that as he dined out on the unorthodox spinner with a superb show of power hitting that guided the West Indies to victory.

The West Indian joined India’s Yuvraj Singh and South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs as players to have hit six sixes in an over. Jaskaran Malhotra joined the group later in the year.

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