Mumbai Indians' West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he helped his side secure their place in the 2010 Indian Premier League semi-finals.
Pollard, who has already represented South Australia in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and will go on to play for Somerset in the Friends Provident t20, was a big-money buy for the Mumbai Indians at an auction preceding the third season of the IPL.
This week, he began to repay some of the money invested in him with two impressive all-round performances. In the match against the Chennai Super Kings, he thumped an unbeaten 45 in just 13 balls to steer his side to a score of 183 for four, which they defended by restricting the Super Kings to 144 for seven.
Pollard backed up his explosive batting with a tidy spell of nought for 15 in four overs and two run outs.
The Mumbai Indians continued their dominance over the group stage of the tournament when they played the Royal Challengers Bangalore, a match in which Pollard crashed 20 in seven balls and then starred with the ball, taking three for 28 as Mumbai ran out winners by some 57 runs.
Other contenders for the weekly award included Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and West Indian batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan who were in impressive form against Ireland in Jamaica.
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