Pollock will play a new role in the Mumbai Indians 2009 IPL cricket season

March 19, 2009

Shaun Pollock will be the mentor-cum-advisor to assist Lalchand Rajput in Mumbai Indians 2009 IPL2 season

Shaun PollockPollock ‘s Mumbai Indians ‘ teammates will be thrilled to know that Pollock will return in a new mentor role for the Mumbai Indians IPL franchise. Putting an end to months of speculation of whether Shaun Pollock will play T20 cricket for the Mumbai Indians IPL team for IPL 2009, Pollock has announced that he will return albeit only as coach and mentor

Last year, Pollock had even served as captain of the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team

Pollock was revered as “Kaka” by the youngsters of the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team

The young players of the Mumbai IPL team really liked Shaun Pollock. Pollock was reverentially even called “Kaka” , a term of respect in Marathi, the local language in Mumbai

In this context, a well-respected and liked Shaun Pollock will do wonders for the morale of the Mumbai Indians cricket team

Pollock and Rajput will make a perfect mentor-coach combination for the Mumbai IPL cricket team

Shaun Pollock played as captain of the Mumbai IPL team in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh,last year. During his captaincy stint in the inaugural IPL season, Pollock impressed everybody in the Mumbai IPL team with his mentorship skills and “Wright-like” people management skills

Lalchand Rajput was eased out of his coach role of the Indian cricket team, with the advent of Gary Kirsten. Prior to that, Lalchand Rajput engineered the current success of the Indian cricket team,particularly, in the Twenty20 cricket world cup

Together, Shaun Pollock and Rajput form a potent pair who will do wonders for the Mumbai IPL team

Shaun Pollock ‘s arrival is being looked forward to by the senior members of the Mumbai IPL team such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasurya and Zaheer Khan

Its no secret that Shaun Pollock ‘s return to the Mumbai Indians fold for the IPL2 cricket season was driven by the insistence of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya. Sachin and Jayasurya wanted Pollock to return , presumably not only to improve the morale of the Mumbai Indians cricket team, but to shore up the bowling

Shaun Pollock may not bowl for the Mumbai Indians IPL team in the IPL2 cricket season , but he will definitely be a great coach and advisor for the bowlers in the team such as Zaheer Khan, Dhaval Kulkarni and Fernando. Zaheer Khan has even gone of record to say that he is particularly looking forward to working on his bowling, with the advice of Shaun Pollock. This endorsement of Shaun Pollock from Zaheer Khan, one the best proponents of pace bowling in the world today, speaks mountains of the respect that Pollock commands in the bowling fraternity


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