Pollard: This is a stepping stone

Mohali, India – Kieron Pollard’s amazing 94 off 55 balls against Ireland was a superb match-winning knock for West Indies but also a personal triumph.

The 23-year-old six-footer performed his heroics ion the bottom of the Winides innings and boosted the total to 275 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.

Pollard said his performance was part of his progress at the international level and he fittingly won the Man-of-the-Match award as the Windies beat the Irish by 44 runs to move to second in Group B of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

“This knock will be a stepping stone. People had been saying that Pollard isn’t an international cricketer. Some people have been saying that I have not done much in the West Indies shirt. So, I wanted to perform and what bigger stage than World Cup to do that,” Pollard said after the match.

The win was the West Indies third from four matches and put them firmly on course for a quarterfinal spot. They were off to a slow start before Pollard along with Devon Smith, with his maiden ODI century, scored with urgency.

“I came to bat at pressure time. But I took my chances and I am happy that the knock helped the side win the game,” Pollard said. “I knew I had a big job to perform and I was ready for it today. The aim from this point is to continue and do more for the West Indies and the fans around the Caribbean. I go out there and do my best. This innings is for the people who have supported me,” said Pollard. 

Pollard also took a stunning diving catch running in from the long-on boundary to remove Kevin O’Brien, who had stuck the fastest ever ICC Cricket World Cup century against England.

“That time we were in a crucial position. We knew what Kevin was capable of doing. We knew his hitting areas and we knew the area he was looking to go. I was strategically placed there and it was a good catch,” Pollard said.

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