History! Kieron Pollard becomes the first player in the world to play 600 matches in T20 cricket


Kieron Pollard became the first player in the history of the game to play 600 T20 matches Photo: BCCI/IPL

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kieron Pollard scripted history on Monday after featuring in the Hundred for London Spirit
  • Pollard became the first cricketer in the world to play 600 T20 games
  • Pollard smashed an 11-ball 34* to help his side win a second game in a row
Former West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard registered his name in the history books as he became the first cricketer to play 600 T20 games in the history of the game (man or woman). Pollard, who retired from international cricket in April this year, will be plying his trade in T20 leagues around the world as he continues to smash records.
Pollard made his debut for West Indies in 2007 in ODI and went on to become one of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball. Having represented West Indies in 101 T20Is and Mumbai Indians in 189 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was probably the first T20 globetrotter in the truest sense, maybe alongside his compatriot Dwayne Bravo to feature in leagues all around the world.
As he set foot in the newest league, the Hundred (yes, it is counted in T20s), he took just one game to have an impact. Playing for the Eoin Morgan-led London Spirit (his 19th team in the format), Pollard played an 11-ball 34* in front of a packed Lord’s Cricket Ground to help his side get to a strong score of 160, which eventually was too many for the Manchester Originals.

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In 600 matches, Pollard has 11723 runs to his name along with 309 wickets. Behind the Trinidadian, Bravo is second on the list having played 543 games in the shortest format.

Speaking on the achievement, Pollard said that he never set out to play these many games for this long but he has enjoyed himself and will hope to continue as long as he can.

“It’s an achievement in itself, 600 games in any format. I’ve never set out to play this many games or to play this format for this period of time, but it’s something that came along and I’ve enjoyed it so far. Let’s see what happens as I go forward. I’ll continue to try and work hard and enjoy playing cricket with a smile on my face. As long as the body holds up, I’m going to see how long I can go,” Pollard was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

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Pollard may not have had a great season in the IPL for Mumbai, however, he is still regarded as one of the best overseas players in the league, having registered for the Big Bash League 12 draft as well and will be looking to return to the cash-rich league, hopefully for the same franchise with renewed energy next year.

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