Former West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard has been working as the batting coach of Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL 2023. Early this year, he announced his retirement from the league in a long message posted on Twitter. Pollard already announced his retirement from international cricket during the IPL 2022. Meanwhile, between both seasons, he played for Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL and MI Emirates in ILT20 early this year.
Meanwhile, Tim David is seen as the replacement of Pollard. Like the latter, the Australia international is known to play the cameos and provide strong finishes to the team. Not to forget, he won a few games last year and has been doing so in the ongoing season. Meanwhile, in the ongoing reverse fixture between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans, Pollard was asked whether David can replace Pollard.
In reply, the former West Indies skipper said that there is only one Pollard and one Tim David.
This is how Twitter reacted
Tim 15 years down the lane
Will say the same
— jetha hi?ler ? (@sterns_haschen) May 12, 2023
The guys is a legend, and that kind of attitude is a typical West Indian charm that we all like just like the universal boss and the Champion DJ Bravo
— aman kharbas (@aman_kharbas) May 12, 2023
True! Why should Tim live under some else’s name
— Freak (@soul_freak80) May 12, 2023
Who knows better than CSK ?
— Shubman Gang (@ShubmanGang) May 12, 2023
What a Legend ! Making many other Legends ?
— WTF Cricket (@CricketWtf) May 12, 2023
Another W for Wollard
— No One Knowz ? (@NoOne_Knowz) May 12, 2023
Father of CSK
— ? (@dtsaae) May 12, 2023
Absolutely is there any doubt about it??
There is only one Llord
— SHUBHAM SINGH (@Singhh_ji) May 12, 2023
Russell > Pollard
— Akdas (@Akdas_Hayat) May 12, 2023
That should not be even questions.
— Dhruviii (@Dhruviiiii_10) May 12, 2023
Tim David missed a lot of games in the IPL 2022
Meanwhile, the former Singapore player got to play a game or two in the early parts of IPL 2022. However, he was replaced by veteran, Pollard in the playing XI. During this phase, the five-time winners lost their first eight games, a record never made by any team in the league. With this, they became the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs race. In the last few games, with nothing to lose, the team decided to give more chances to David.
These proved effective for the team as they won four out of the last six games and managed to salvage some pride albeit finishing last in the points table. The team retained David for the ongoing season and it has already proved to be a good decision. However, in the ongoing game, he had a rare failure as he got out after scoring five runs.