Kieron Pollard Names His Top Five T20 Cricket Players, And One Indian Makes List

Kieron Pollard, the captain of the West Indies T20 team, selected five T20 players he would pick first in a World T20 XI.

Kieron Pollard Names His Top Five T20 Cricket Players, And One Indian Makes List
Kieron Pollard Names His Top Five T20 Cricket Players, And One Indian Makes List

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is building up interest in the T20 World Cup on its digital and social media platforms as the competition approaches. On Wednesday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) shared a link to a video in which West Indies T20 captain Kieron Pollard selected five T20 players ahead of everyone else for a World T20 Cup XI. "Three from the West Indies, and a player each from India and Sri Lanka Glowing star Kieron Pollard's top five players boast #T20WorldCup titles and outstanding records," read the ICC post on Twitter along with the link to the video.

In the video, Pollard is asked: "First 5 players you'd pick in a World T20 Cup XI, and why?" Staying true to his Caribbean roots, Pollard named West Indies legend Chris Gayle as his first choice. Gayle is a two-time T20 World Cup winner and leads the run charts in T20 cricket globally (international, domestic and franchise).

"Firstly, Christopher Henry Gayle, Universe Boss. Over fourteen thousand runs in T20 cricket with 22 centuries. Definitely number 1," Pollard said about his choice.

He then chose Lasith Malinga, a Sri Lankan bowling hero, to manage the pace department, and a West Indian player to lead the spin department. Sunil Narine was Pollard's third choice, and he explained why he chose his compatriot. "Then there's Lasith Malinga. Yorkers' King. Sunil Narine, from a spinning standpoint. Once again, the king of spin reigns supreme. He began by bowling in the powerplay and finishing with a bowl. "He's been amazing," remarked the Trinidadian. 

Pollard chose MS Dhoni, a long-time international and IPL opponent, as his wicket-keeper-batter. "Now I have to concentrate on my wicket-keeping and batting duties."  I will go with MS Dhoni. Great thinker, great finisher, feared batter in the back end," he said of his choice.

He went on to name himself as his fifth choice and said that his record in T20 cricket speaks for itself. "Number 5, if it's my world XI T20 then I got to be there, I've got to play. I will be number 5 and my record speaks for itself when it comes to T20 cricket," he said.

Pollard went on to state that Dwayne Bravo is on his way to being one of his top five picks, but that a team needs XI players, not 5. "That's my five and a half stars, and sure, he's there or around. For the time being, there are only five players, but keep in mind that a team is made up of eleven people "He came to a conclusion. 

In the 2018 T20 World Cup, Pollard will captain the defending champions West Indies. The Windies hope to extend their winning streak and win their third global T20 crown. There has never been a side that has won the T20 World Cup more than once.