Chennai: Explosive West Indian batsman Kieron Pollard says he would love to bat up the order to score more runs but has no qualms in batting at any slot the team management decides during the Champions League Twenty20 main round which begins on Friday. (Agencies)
"Any cricketer would love to grab the opportunity to bat high up the order and try to maximize the time. Having said that there are eleven players going out there. It is the team management in their appointed time decides on these matters," Pollard said today ahead of his side's match against Mumbai Indians on September 24.
"Whatever the position that I am slotted into, I will do my best and see we qualify for the semifinals this year," he said when asked if he would you prefer to make 30-40 runs in 16 balls instead of batting up the order.
He said the team management will take a call later on who would lead the side in place of injured Sachin Tendulkar.
The team management is still holding discussions on this (captaincy) and they will make an official announcement on Thursday.
"Preparations have been pretty good. I joined the team a couple of days ago but the boys have been preparing at camps in Baroda and Bangalore. They have training hard and looking forward to the competitive matches. Hopefully, we can go out in the middle and perform to best of our abilities," said Pollard.
Asked about the team strategy in absence of Tendulkar, Pollard said, "Obviously, Sachin is an important person in our team. Having said that, he has passed on his knowledge for years having played in the IPL. Guys have learnt a lot from him.
"We will have a game plan from the first game and then we will see how that plan works and try to improve each and every game as we go forward," said the 24-year-old all-rounder from Trinidad.
Asked about off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who is recovering from injury, Pollard said, "I cannot answer that for you. He has been bowling at the nets. He is confident and at the end of the day you know you had a bad series but he got to be motivated and go up again with solid performances."
Pollard is not duly concerned that Chennai Super Kings would have the home advantage in their first CLT20 match and said the team which plays better on that day would win.
"It is a game of cricket. Obviously, it is their home ground and so, it is advantage for them. We go there as 11 versus 11, whoever plays better come out as winner. It is not a matter how hard they are or how good they are as a team.
Whichever the team that plays as a team will have positive result," he said.
Asked about level of motivation of players considering that Mumbai Indians' performance in last IPL was not that impressive and most of Indian players were not in great form during their England tour, Pollard said, "At the end of the day an international cricketer is bound to have a bad series and he does not perform to his best of abilities.
"Champions Trophy is another game and hopefully the motivation factor is there. Being professional cricketers, we have to go there and give your best. The Indian players and myself as well, who did not have a good IPL as well, will start afresh and perform for the team," he said.
Asked if Twenty20 cricket is a lottery and depends on luck factor, he said, "It is not a lottery but it is a game of cricket. I am sure the argument is same for 50-50 cricket. At the end of the day you just have to perform. You play each ball on its merit. Twenty20 is just a shorter form of the game. You got to play to your best."
Asked why he chose Mumbai Indians though he could have played for Somerset and Trinidad and Tobago, Pollard said, "I did not see any dilemma. At the end of the day, I play for Mumbai Indians. It was the team that I was thinking. I am here to play for Mumbai Indians."
Chennai: Explosive West Indian batsman Kieron Pollard says he would love to bat up the order to score more runs but has no qualms in batting at any slot the team management decides during the Champions League Twenty20 main round which begins on Friday.