IPL 2022: Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan reveal the reason behind dropping Kieron Pollard on his birthday
The arch-rivals of IPL, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings went on to compete with each other for the second time in this tournament. Coming to the game, Mumbai Indians won the toss and decided to take the field.
Batting first, Chennai Super Kings didn't get the expected start and has been bowled out by the opposition for 97 runs. The skipper of the side, MS Dhoni has played well with the bat and remained unbeaten on 36 runs.
Chasing the target, Mumbai Indians struggled a big in the earlier overs of the game. However, Tilak Varma and Hrithik Shokeen played well in the middle and some power hitting from Tim David has finished the game for Mumbai Indians.
Tilak Varma remained unbeaten on 34 runs with Tim David who has smashed 16 off just 7 balls he played. In the end, Chennai Super Kings have been officially out of the race for the playoffs along with Mumbai Indians.
Pollard made it easy for us: Zaheer Khan
Everyone questioned Mumbai Indians for dropping Kieron Pollard from the side on his birthday was not fair. However, Zaheer Khan revealed the reason behind dropping Kieron Pollard in the post-match presentation.
"Pollard has been one of the main contributors to the success of this franchise over the years, he’s been part of the processes through and through.
Like I mentioned, it is the last leg of the tournament, so that’s why a few new faces and as an individual and as a member of the core group, he (Pollard) was on board, it wasn’t easy on him but he made it easy for us.
He has been a great team man and even today it was nice to see his contributions from the sidelines," Zaheer Khan was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"(On Pollard missing out) He's been a stalwart for Mumbai, he came out and said that he's okay with that. We are keeping one eye on what are the holes to be filled out for the next year," said Rohit Sharma.