West Indies limited-overs skipper, Kieron Pollard, feels that there is immense pressure and challenge when competing in an IPL final, and in terms of magnitude, it is second only to a World Cup final.
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The Caribbean cricketer stated that though it is a high-pressure feud and there shouldn’t be any room for mistakes, one must still go out and enjoy the atmosphere.
Enjoy the magnitude of IPL final, says Pollard
“The name of the game is pressure in a final. Everyone takes that pressure. You want to win and not commit a mistake, but at the end of the normal game. Just go out there, enjoy yourself and the atmosphere,” Kieron Pollard was quoted saying in a video posted on Mumbai Indians’ official Twitter handle.
The Trinidadian added that an IPL final is the biggest cricketing event after the World Cup final.
“Obviously, no crowds in the final, but enjoy the magnitude of it. It is an IPL final, it is the biggest thing after the World Cup final.”
Pollard has been a beast with his hard-hitting abilities in IPL 2020. The 33-year-old has remained unbeaten on 7 out of 11 innings and clobbered 259 runs comprising a sole fifty, averaging 64.75 and striking at over 190. He has struck 13 fours and 22 sixes and knocks have played a key role in MI’s triumph in this edition.
He led the Mumbai Indians on a few games this season when Rohit Sharma was out owing to a hamstring injury sustained during the double super-over match against KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
Prior to IPL 2020, Pollard had led the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to an undefeated winning streak in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) wherein he had a great tournament with his batting prowess.
Meanwhile, speaking about the IPL final, MI’s head coach Mahela Jayawardene mentioned that they aren’t overthinking and would look to focus on the processes and enjoy the duel.
“It is another game of cricket, we are not thinking too far ahead as long as we go through the processes and execute our skills. It is a contest between bat and ball, runs, and wickets, so try and enjoy this contest,” added the former Sri Lankan cricketer.
Mumbai Indians will be taking on the Delhi Capitals (DC) for one last time as they eye for their fifth IPL title on Tuesday at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Dubai.