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New cricket bats won’t curb my hitting, says Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians is not worried by the new Marylebone Cricket Club rules that affect the dimensions of a cricket bat

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 17, 2017 21:23 IST
Sean Sequeira
Mumbai Indians Kieron Pollard prepares to play a shot during the Indian Premier League match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore on April 14, 2017.
Mumbai Indians Kieron Pollard prepares to play a shot during the Indian Premier League match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore on April 14, 2017. (AP)

New dimensions for cricket bats will come into effect from October 1 along with modifications to the game’s laws made by the Marylebone Cricket Club. Bats will get smaller and lighter with restrictions on the depth (67mm) and edges (40mm). (IPL full coverage)

While many big-hitters are expected to feel hard done by, Mumbai Indians’ star batsman Kieron Pollard is unperturbed.

The Trinidadian feels there is plenty of time to get used to the new bat dimensions.

“It comes into effect in October. It makes sense for me to change bats and get accustomed till October. We have started getting used to the new laws and new customs,” Pollard told reporters at the launch of a new series of bats titled KP55, named after Kieron Pollard and his Mumbai Indians jersey number 55.

Mumbai Indians cricketer Kieron Pollard pis one of the most powerful hitters of the ball (AFP)

Already making switch

Kieron Pollard said he didn’t have a problem since the bat he prefers is almost within the new regulations, and because he has already made the switch over the last few games.

“For me, it (new regulations) doesn’t make a difference. You know, as the man behind the bat, you have to swing and use your power. It is for people in authority to make rules and regulations. We as cricketers, we just have to follow. It’s simple as that,” Kieron Pollard added.

Finding his form

Kieron Pollard’s early performances in the 2017 season of the Indian Premier League left a lot to be desired, but he has turned on the style in his last two games.

His 23-ball 39 against Gujarat Lions on Sunday was peppered with three sixes and two boundaries as Mumbai Indians won by six wickets to briefly top the Indian Premier League table.

His previous innings -- a 47-ball 70 against Royal Challengers Bangalore last week -- also saw him smashing five sixes and three fours as Mumbai Indians won by four wickets.

Mumbai Indians batsman Kieron Pollard watches the ball after playing a shot during the 2017 Indian Premier League match vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 14, 2017. (AFP)

Lighter bats can hurt power-hitters

Kieron Pollard feels the weight of the bat won’t affect him, but a power-hitter could be thrown off by a restriction in weight as it can affect his swing.

“For me, it (the weight of the bat) is not that important. With the size, sometimes you want to feel like you have something in your hand, nothing too light. Being a strong guy, you don’t want to swing too early and stuff like that,” he said.

Natural athlete on field

Pollard is known to add balance to a team because of his ability with the bat, ball and as a fielder. Those full-length dives across the boundary rope are a big hit with the crowds. Pollard feels the difference between a good fielder and an average one is mentality and desire.

When asked what makes him a good fielder, he said: “Practice. But being from the Caribbean as well, we are pretty athletic. So, it’s just about having that attitude to want to field and want to dive around to do certain things. Fielding is an attitude.”

The all-rounder is glad to be working with Jonty Rhodes, the Mumbai Indians fielding coach, who he picked as the reason fielding is given importance in the modern game.

“We have a good rapport. We have a couple of things going on internally. It’s fun with Jonty. He was the best fielder of his time. He brought fielding to the limelight.”