Mumbai star Kieron Pollard is enjoying West Indies captaincy

All-rounder looking for progress

Kieron Pollard batting for the West Indies

Captain Kieron Pollard says he’s embracing the challenge of revamping West Indies’ white-ball teams.

The Mumbai Indians star took over from Jason Holder last September and has had mixed results as he looks to continue to develop the players under his guidance.

The all-rounder says he is just focused on helping the players and admits that the task will take time.

“Me personally, I’m just taking it in stride,” said Pollard in an interview with i95FM in Jamaica

“Obviously, I’m trying to do things to help others and give others opportunity in different scenarios, and give guys the opportunity to play. As an individual, one of the things I said when I was accepting the job was that I’m just here to try to help and to guide.

“I try to do my best in terms of performing personally as well. It (captaincy) has its trials, it has its tribulations; it has its good times and it has its bad times, but I’m one who embraces all challenges.”

Since taking over from Holder, the Windies have found consistency hard to come by. They have won five of 11 T20Is but have bagged seven victories in their last 12 ODIs.

Progress will take time

Pollard underlined that improving the team takes priority and that his focus is on making the West Indies a force once more.

“I’m enjoying it, but it’s about trying to do the best I can and hopefully get us to a place where we are a force to be reckoned with in some parts of international cricket again,” he said.

“It’s going to take time, I’m not worried. My capacity as captain is trying and at the end of the day, we will see what the results (are). The results will take place and the judges will be able to judge, and those in authority will be able to do what they have to do.”

On his own performances, Pollard, 32, added: “Getting the chance to go around the world as a professional has helped me immensely. If you look even at T20 cricket, runs have been coming more consistently.

“I’m working on my game personally and, again, when you’re a batsman in a team and you’re not the captain, you’re a batsman first and then the captaincy comes after.”

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