IPL 2019 Final: Pollard looks to spend a happy birthday evening as MI eye glory

first_imgMumbai Indians are taking on the formidable defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019 final tonight. While both teams will be eyeing supremacy having won 3 titles each previously, for MI all-rounder Kieron Pollard, the day is going to be extra special as he tries to win his 5th IPL final on his birthday!Pollard is turning 32 years old today but the cricketer has over the years built a strong rapport with MI – so much so that they have had the big-hitting West Indian in their side since buying him for $750,000 in the 2010 auction.IPL 2019 FINAL: MI vs CSK Live BlogIncidentally, this will be Pollard’s 5th appearance in an IPL final, having been part of each of MI’s title-winning campaigns in the tournament’s history. Pollard celebrated the occasion ahead of the final by posting an image of himself on Instagram.”Perfect pic… looking to the heavens not asking for anything thanking the almighty for the wonderful journey he continues to take me, As I embark on another final , also 5th ipl final, 10 year anniversary at @mumbaiindians also to go along with all the other finals I have played 3rd in 3 tournaments for the year just want to say thanks for the guidance blessings and the opportunities. It’s a total package that comes with sacrifice ridicules and the list goes on but I’m forever grateful .???? #blessedandthankful #positivity”: Pollard captioned the post.Mumbai Indians and their former skipper Sachin Tendulkar too took the occasion to wish Pollard on his birthday.Wishing you a very Happy Birthday @KieronPollard55! Hope you can make this day extra special. You know what I mean. pic.twitter.com/LJezgusau4Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 12, 2019Birthday. Final day. Let’s do this, boys #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK @krunalpandya24 @KieronPollard55 pic.twitter.com/RArWmApan0Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 12, 2019By his own standards, Pollard has had an average IPL 2019 till date scoring 238 runs at a strike-rate of 155.55, lying fifth on the list of highest run-getters for Mumbai this season. Overall, he lies 2nd on the list of most run-makers for MI, behind Rohit Sharma (4883 runs) with 2,714 runs in 147 matches.While MI will be banking on the firepower of Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma to put up a big total, they will take solace from the fact that they have had the wood on CSK this season, having won each of the 3 matches against MS Dhoni’s side.But Pollard and MI, both, would know that against Dhoni there is no room for resting on your laurels and that the former India skipper can single-handedly change the game in his favour on any given day.Also Read | IPL final win in 2015 very special: Rohit Sharma recalls celebration with Ritika SajdehAlso Read | 11 years on: Auctioneer recalls MS Dhoni’s sale to CSK before IPL 2008last_img