A Mumbai Indians’ veteran, ‘Polly’ has been with the side through thick and thin. He has seen MI emerge champions and he has seen them struggle too. It is very clear that Pollard is central to MI’s theme and the team management and the owners have immense faith in his all-round ability. There was little doubt that MI will not let go of him and he was retained by the franchise ahead of the auction. It is a clear indication that with every passing year, the bond between the two only gets stronger. Pollard can not only tonk the ball hard, but he is also an exceptional fielder in the deep and nothing can go past him. Pollard’s experience of the format and his long association with the team makes him an integral member of the side. He is expected to lift the morale of the side and put them back on track when going gets tough.