Pollard: Time to come to the party

Kandy, Sri Lanka – Kieron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder known worldwide for his awesome power-hitting, and is backing himself to make a huge contribution to the team’s cause when they face New Zealand on Monday.

The muscular six-footer has been below his best with the bat so far in the tournament, but believes he can turn it around in the all-important Group 1 Super Eights match on Monday. First ball at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. First ball is 3:30 pm (6 am Eastern Caribbean Time/5 am Jamaica Time).

Individuall y, when you haven’t contributed much, you feel the pressure. But it’s not the first time I’ve experienced failure in my career. In Twenty20 cricket, you generally fail more than you perform. But it’s time for me to come to the party and get my tournament started. It would be great if it happened in a game with so much at stake. But even if you fail, there’s no point getting too down on yourself. You just dig an even deeper hole that way,” the 24-year-old said.

“I made my highest Twenty20 International score (63 not out) while batting at Number 4 against New Zealand. If I’m asked to bat higher up the order, I’ll do that. I know I haven’t done much in this competition so far, but I’m not going to back down from a challenge.”

Pollard gave an assessment of the road forward as the West Indies look to book a place in the semi-finals, which will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium later this week.

“In general, most teams will have this sort of collapse once in a tournament. We had ours at a not-so-bad time. We’re not out of it, and we know that we have to go out there and win against New Zealand. We have to put the pieces together,” Pollard said.

“I haven’t bowled much in Twenty20s this year, but I’m happy to fill in if asked because I know it is part of what’s expected from me.”

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 01:42