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Shirin Sadikot in Mumbai 10 May 2012 - 01:14am IST

We didn't have enough runs: Pollard

MI all-rounder talks about his team’s home loss to RCB

When the Mumbai Indians hosted the Royal Challengers Bangalore, an interesting little battle brewed between the two big West Indians – Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle. While he was bowling, the MI all-rounder threatened to throw the ball at his compatriot when he was out of his crease. A war of words ensued, which Pollard insisted was “all in good humour”.

Pollard spoke to iplt20.com after MI’s comprehensive home loss to RCB during which he scored 21 off 13 balls to help his team to a respectable score of 141.

The points table is really cramped and you need to win all your matches from here on. A lot of pressure?


We still have four games to play and it’s in our hands to play them well. In order to qualify, we just need to go and perform there.

The team got off to a slow start and lost early wickets. Did that cost you the game?


We got off to a slow start, and that happens in the game of cricket. I was able to come out and finish it off well for the team and got the team to a respectable total. We play as a team and everyone is going to get their chance. [Dwayne] Smith won us the last game, but couldn’t do much today; it’s just a part of the game.

There was a little banter between you and Gayle. Tell us about it.

It was all in a good humour. We both come from the West Indies, so it was pretty chilled out and calm. Cricket is a gentlemen’s game, but you’ve got to have some fun as well. It’s just about enjoying the cricket and enjoying T20.

How was the wicket like? What did you you enjoy more – batting or bowling?

It was a good cricket wicket. We didn’t get to the start we wanted and the ball was moving a bit, but it happens in T20 cricket. We went wrong in a few areas and we will look to improve on that and won’t blame it on the wicket.

Did it get better in the second innings to bat on?


Yeah, you can say so. Gayle batted beautifully and hit some huge sixes. We knew we had to get early wickets, but we couldn’t do so, and that put us the backfoot.

Was Gayle’s dropped catch the turning point of the game?


If we would have taken the catch, it would have been a different ball game. But you cannot be sure as someone else would have come and played a blinder. It’s not about blaming anyone. We simply just didn’t have enough runs on the board. We went there and fought, but didn’t come out in our favour.

Would you like to bat higher up the order?


I want each and every one in the team to get an opportunity. I got my opportunities in earlier games, but didn’t do the way I wanted to. I am just going to do what the team needs from me.

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