“It’s a big task because to go all the way through now, we have to win four games but at the end of the day we live to see another day.”
Kieron Pollard delivered one of the most epic finishes of the Pakistan Super League for his side, Karachi Kings, against Lahore Qalandars on Saturday when he smashed two back to back sixes off Aamer Yamin on the last two balls of the match. He had played a dot ball before those two deliveries, which should have worried any batsman at that particular moment. But it did not faze Pollard.
During his school days, Pollard’s coach gave him an invaluable insight into the game that has shaped his approach towards it. “A game is never over until it’s over,” the coach told a young Pollard.
Now 29, Pollard has turned into a slogger, who enjoys the reputation of taking the game away from any opposition under any circumstances, and it is the self-belief which has helped him deliver during the crunch moments.
“Once there is a situation there is belief and deep down inside we had a bit of belief and luckily enough tonight it came off,” Pollard said after delivering heart-stopping sixes.
“Yes, if we had lost we’d have got knocked out but it’s not a life or death situation so it makes no sense stressing too much about it. There’s so many things in life to stress about than stressing in a cricket match."
Pollard had managed two runs per ball in the 15 balls he had faced before Yamin began his first over. Only four runs had come off the first four balls and the match seemed to be slipping away from the Kings’ grip.
When asked whether he felt any sort of pressure at that moment, Pollard said: “Pressure was always there. Once you’re batting, pressure is always there. We practice these things day in, day out. That’s why we have practice and it came off tonight.”
Karachi Kings are yet to secure a playoff berth and their match up against the defending champions Islamabad United on Sunday will settle the scenario. The equation is simple, win and qualify for the next round.
They have won just two matches – the first due to rain – before the victory against Qalandars. Speaking ahead of the match against United, Pollard said: “In T20 cricket these sort of games change momentum. Guys start to believe a bit more and that’s what we need in our dressing room.”
He further said, “We had a frank chat today at the hotel and we knew we had to come up and come out big tonight. It’s a big task because to go all the way through now, we have to win four games but at the end of the day we live to see another day.”