Kieron Pollard has been one of the top all-round performers in the Indian Premier League. The big-hitting West Indian has been in top gear for the Mumbai Indians. He has been a one-team man, representing the Mumbai Indians since 2010. Pollard has won five IPL titles with the franchise and has also led in the absence of Rohit Sharma. A celebrated T20 pioneer, Pollard will always be remembered as an IPL legend.
And then you have another West Indies international in the form of Andre Russell, who can be considered as the heartbeat of Kolkata Knight Riders. The giant all-rounder has become an integral part of the KKR since 2015. He had joined the franchise in 2014 but his campaign was cut short with injury. However, he tasted success as the team won the trophy that season. Russell had earlier played for Delhi in the IPL (7 matches) in 2012 and 2013. He will hope to make his presence felt for KKR in the upcoming 2021 edition, starting April 9.
We present a statistical comparison between the two T20 legends in the IPL.
Cleanest strikers of the ball
When it comes to sending the ball out of the park, both Pollard and Russell have enjoyed success. Pollard has smashed 198 sixes and 196 fours so far. The veteran WI star has a phenomenal strike rate of 149.87. As per cricketpedia, Pollard has a strike rate of 175.05 in the death overs (16-20). Russell has hit 105 fours and 129 sixes. He has a deadly strike rate of 182.33. Interestingly, Russell’s strike rate is the best among players in IPL history. When it comes to the death overs, Russell’s strike rate has rocketed up to 208.68.
Runs and wickets
Pollard has scored 3,023 runs in 164 matches (147 innings) at 29.93. He has hit 15 fifties with a best of 83. Russell has scored 1,517 runs in 74 matches (61 innings) at 29.74. He has hit eight fifties with a best of 88*. Pollard, who bowls scarcely, has claimed 60 wickets so far for MI. He averages 32.66 and has an economy rate of 8.87. Russell is a crucial asset for KKR with the ball as well. He has claimed 61 wickets so far at 28.08. He has an economy rate of 8.96.
Seasons that mattered
MI have won the IPL title in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. Looking at Pollard, his tally with the bat in these five seasons read: 420, 419, 385, 279, and 268. He has hit 10 fifties across these five seasons. Last season, Pollard enjoyed a strike rate of 191.42. In MI’s maiden title-winning season, Pollard averaged a stunning 42.00. His highest knock of 83 came in the IPL 2019 season. Meanwhile, Russell has scored 300-plus runs across three seasons for KKR. He blew everyone away in IPL 2019, tonking 31 fours and 52 sixes that season. He scored 510 runs at 56.66 and had a strike rate of 204.81. His best season with the ball came in 2015 (15 wickets).