West Indies limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard has named his top five players in the shortest format of the game. The right-hander engaged with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for this fun activity ahead of the much-awaited 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Surprisingly, Pollard didn’t include some of the top Indian players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in his fantasy list. The first player in his picks was one of the greatest T20 batters of all-time, Chris Gayle. The 42-year-old has done exceptionally well in his illustrious career spanning 446 matches in the shortest format.
The big West Indian’s next pick was former Sri Lanka skipper and veteran speedster Lasith Malinga. Widely regarded as one of the best white-ball bowlers, Malinga has 390 wickets in 295 T20 games at an average of under 20 and an economy of just over 7.
MS Dhoni – Sole Indian in Pollard’s list of top 5 T20 cricketers
Kieron Pollard included yet another West Indies teammate in the form of Sunil Narine. The mystery spinner is the third-highest wicket-taker in the 20-over format across the globe. He was also one of the architects of West Indies’ maiden T20 World Cup triumph in 2012 where he picked up nine wickets in six games at a miserly economy of 5.63.
At number four, Pollard went with one of the most successful white-ball skippers, MS Dhoni. The 40-year-old took international cricket by storm with his unconventional batting and wicket-keeping skills during his iconic career. Considered as one of the smartest brains to have played the game, MSD led India to glory in 2007 when he lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup trophy.
“If it is my World XI T20, then I’ve got to be there, I have got to play. My records speak for itself when it comes to T20 cricket,” said Kieron Pollard as he named himself to complete the five. Popular for his hard-hitting batting, the Trinidad and Tobago-born is one of the talked about names in the limited-overs format.