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3 Teams that might target Kieron Pollard for IPL 2023 if Mumbai Indians releases the West Indian all-rounder

In eight games so far in IPL 2022, Kieron Pollard has scored 115 runs at an average of 16 and a poor strike rate of 127. For a player of his stature, especially after being retained, the stats are unacceptable. Pollard has failed in a few situations in which he has done well before. Although Mumbai Indians might still back him, there could be an outside chance of the franchise releasing the cricketer. In this article, we take a look at three teams that might target Kieron Pollard for IPL 2023 if Mumbai Indians release the West Indian all-rounder.

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1) Delhi Capitals

Rovman Powell was signed by Delhi Capitals to take care of the lower middle-order. However, the West Indian has not fired so far. Therefore, the franchise might release him and look for other options in the market.

If Pollard is available, DC might go for him. Pollard is experienced and will be a better bet than most others to come good in that slot. With the likes of Rishabh Pant around him, Pollard will also stand a chance to get his form back.

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2) Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings is one of the teams that might target Kieron Pollard for IPL 2023 if Mumbai Indians release the West Indian all-rounder. Odean Smith has not done well for PBKS till now. Considering his hefty price tag, he might be released.

Punjab’s issues have been with the lower middle order in IPL 2022. The death overs have hardly been utilized this season. Therefore, they can target Pollard to resolve the issues. However, for this combination to work, the team will have to find a genuine all-rounder who can provide four overs at No.7.

3) Gujarat Titans

Although Gujarat Titans have been winning games, the franchise still has scope for improvement. With Hardik Pandya batting up the order and David Miller being inconsistent, the team might need another experienced hand in the lower middle order.

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Rahul Tewatia is known to pull off games from unlikely situations. However, there is only a small sample size to prove his credentials as a reliable death-overs batter. Here is where a player like Pollard can be useful for the franchise. The big man can be a part of the batting order that consists of Hardik Pandya and this can help him to do well.

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