“He hasn’t been able to finish games” – MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene on Kieron Pollard’s batting form

Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have won just one match this season. So the points table are at the bottom of the list.

Mahela Jayawardene, the head coach of the Mumbai Indians, spoke at a press conference about the team’s poor batting style. 44 years old Mahela said that Kieron Pollard did not help his team cross the line.

Head coach Mahela Jayawardene described Kieron Pollard as follows,

“Kieron Pollard has been honest as well, expressing himself that he hasn’t been able to finish games. But at the same time, when you review properly, those were situations where it’s tough for one person to do the bulk of the work. It’s a team game.”

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“He looked good in the first 3-4 games and was hitting well, but never had the support from the rest to try and finish games off. You need to take the whole tournament into perspective and analyze rather than picking a few games. The numbers and the consistency are not there, but that’s something that not just Pollard but we as a group have to improve on.”

Mahela also said that Ishan Kishan did not give the team what it needed in this tournament and also said that playing his natural game is important in the future.

“The team’s circumstances in some of the other games prompted him to bat differently. He did get into a bit of a drought. This can happen to any player. We will encourage him to play his natural game.”

Commenting further, the Mumbai Indians coach said that it was disappointing that skipper Rohit Sharma was not among the scorers in the tournament. However, he believed that it was unfair to depend on one person.

Rohit Sharma has been brilliant at batting for long periods and getting those big scores consistently. He knows he has had starts but hasn’t been able to convert them into big scores. That’s been a disappointment.”

“For a team to work, it’s not just one individual, it’s about a team executing the gameplan the way we’ve structured. That’s something that we’ve lacked.”

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