Pollard the ultimate crowd pleaser
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC- Crowd favourite Kieron Pollard says he is motivated to perform as a result of the large crowds which have been turning out to back Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean T20 tournament underway in his homeland.
Pollard hit three of the tournament’s biggest sixes to score 29 off 12 balls and took two wickets in an over as T&T beat Leewards by 95 runs to go top of the table on Wednesday.
The defending champions were leading the table with nine points after four days of competition.
“The people in T&T are excited to come out and see us play. It’s a real motivation to come out and perform” said Pollard who flew in on Monday from Australia where he was representing Adelaide strikers in the Big Bash League.
“Playing and winning in front the home crowd is amazing and richly rewarding. Last year we had a similar win against the Leewards – we made a big score and then restricted them. That was away from home, so to do it at home is wonderful.”
In Trinidad, Pollard is considered a crowd favourite and crowd pleaser.
He got the biggest cheer and a standing ovation as he marched to the crease at Queen’s Park Oval.
“You could see the way the fans showed us so much love here. It feels really great to play for Trinidad & Tobago in front of our home fans. You could feel your heart beating as you go out onto the field,” said Pollard.
“We play a lot all over the world in various teams, but to be at home, playing together, in front of our adoring fans is something special”.
The home team has recorded two wins, defeating Leewards and Combined Colleges and Campuses, after their opening fixture against Jamaica on Sunday was abandoned due to rain.
“We are on track again this year. We had a slow start in the match against Jamaica which was affected by rain,” said Pollard looking ahead to T and T’s clash with former champions Guyana on Saturday.
“We are feeling good and will look to continue the good form when we meet Guyana on Saturday night,” said Pollard.
“That will be another big match. We know the fans will come out in to see us play our last match at home.”