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West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has expressed his gratitude towards the Mumbai Indians after they used a Right to Match (RTM) card to retain him during the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.
Pollard was not among the players retained by the franchise prior to the auction, but given how vital he has been for them, they bought him for INR 5.4 crores.
Upon learning that he would be representing the Indians once again, Pollard admitted that was he over the moon as he has represented the team since making his IPL debut in 2010.
“I just want to thank Mumbai Indians for entrusting faith in me once again,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “Going into the auction then hearing that you were going to be retained, you know you have forged a very good relationship.
“When you talk of commitment to one, you can be committed to. People stand by you in difficult times, in good times and you reward them in the end. I am happy to be back at Mumbai Indians and looking forward to do special things.”
Pollard admitted that he spoke to people involved with the franchise before the auction, but had no idea whether he would be bought back during the auction or representing another team.
“We had discussions before, but in auction you never know,” he said. “But it gives you that sense of belonging.
“I also want to say this: playing the leagues gives me the fire inside to continue to perform and continue to show what I can do on a cricket field despite what other people think about me, about my performance, if I am good enough, if they want me or it.
“It gives me that burning desire. That is the motivating factor. They are not going to dampen my spirits. I am young. I have a lot of cricket left in me whichever cricket I play. I am going to give my 100 percent.”