Kieron Pollard made a golden duck today as West Indies were rolled for 61 by Bangladesh. Pollard’s failure isn’t all that surprising, because his record is actually pretty piss-poor.
Kieron Pollard’s record
Pollard is best-known for his clumping hitting, yet he averages 21.67 in one-day internationals and 12.66 in Twenty20 internationals. That’s shit.
His reputation is built solely on his performances in domestic Twenty20. Or, more accurately, it is built on just a handful of performances in domestic Twenty20, chiefly the 10 fifties he’s hit in his 106 innings and the 146 sixes that he has launched.
This is how he has come to be a ‘big name’ and the truth is most of us know that. Yes, that’s right, most of us know that he’s overrated, even though that would appear to be a paradox.
One eye-catching dimension
We feel a little sorry for Pollard. He’s kind of a symbol. He’s the definitive overvalued mediocre slogger. He’s a one-dimensional cricketer whose one dimension just happens to be the most eye-catching dimension there is.
He’s probably well aware of his limitations, but he’s not going to turn down stacks of cash because he disagrees with someone else’s assessment of his worth. Few people would do that and despite what some of you will say, high denomination paper money probably won’t staunch his tears when people write abusive photo captions, even if they are later deleted.
Really, he shouldn’t attract such criticism, because without today’s simplistic marketing we’d barely have heard of him.