Pollard boost for Mumbai

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Mumbai Indians all-rounder has cherished a solid return to form ahead of this year's Indian Premier League.

Mumbai Indians all-rounder has cherished a solid return to form ahead of this year's Indian Premier League.

The West Indian kingpin had been sidelined by a knee injury – but recently returned to competitive cricket with a fine first-class century for Trinidad & Tobago against Jamaica in the Regional Four Day Competition.

Pollard struck a superb 111, which included eight fours and six sixes, during a 169-delivery innings at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain – and will soon join the Mumbai franchise in India.

"Not playing cricket for six months, I was really disappointed but these things happen. I got injured and coming back, I just wanted to do my best," he said.

"The first game, I didn't set myself any goals, just being on the cricket field and lasting that four days, and I actually did that. And the second game, I set myself to get a big score and it happened, thank God for that. I've been through a lot but these things happen."

Mumbai have retained five key players from a title-winning 2013 campaign – and recruited Australian batsman Michael Hussey. New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, too, has been signed. The talented Rohit Sharma has been named captain.

"We're the defending champions so the pressure is always there. You always want to win that tournament. For me, it's to do whatever is required, it's Twenty20 cricket, it's not every day you're going to come off," added Pollard.

"So it's what the team requires at that point in time and adjust their game to suit. I'm three-dimensional in terms of batting, bowling and fielding so I just want to go out there and do my best."

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