Pollard hits furthest

Kieron Pollard hits the cricket
ball so far that statisticians and scorers may soon be forced to insert an
additional column in scoresheets. Until now, ‘how many’ is what people have
been interested in knowing when it comes to sixes, but ‘how long’ seems to be becoming
equally interesting, what with Pollard sending the ball further and further.

Last week, against South Australia,
Pollard sent a sharply rising Shaun Tait delivery sailing over the stadium to a
distance of 120 metres. Pushing the envelope, he smashed it eight metres
farther to a mind-boggling 128 metres en route his sizzling 72 off just 30
balls, studded with nine sixes and a lone boundary, against hapless Guyana on
Thursday.

The frequency at which the monster
hits came too, left everyone gasping for breath – roughly every third ball he
faced went for a six.

No wonder, Sachin Tendulkar was
left thanking his stars for having the Trinidadian playing for him, not against
him. “It was an amazing show of batting skill. I have never seen bowlers being
mauled in that fashion,” he said. And Tendulkar wasn’t the only one to be left
stunned by that ferocious power hitting. South Australia Redbacks, for whom Pollard
plays in the KFC T20, were thanking their stars for having escaped the full
fury of his lethal blade the other day. “He’s got amazing power. He has played
some blinders for us as well back home, but he seems to be hitting it farther
and farther with every game,” said Redbacks opener Daniel Harris.

The affable opener recounts how
Pollard made coaches back in Australia fear for their lives. “The coaches would
tremble when he would ask for throw downs from 10 to 15 yards. He hits it back
so hard that even we feared for their safety.”

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