In 249 T20-games during his career, he has learned to adapt quickly and play accordingly.
Amazingly, Pollard, who had spent a total of 27 hours on the plane and in airport-lounges just more than a day before he had to play in his first Ram Slam T20-match for the Cobras, hammered 72 off 36 balls in that game against The Unlimited Titans.
He also featured with three for 22 with the ball.
Pollard said he knows he is perceived to be a T20-cricketer, but he likes all formats.
He struck 111 in his previous first-class game for Trinidad & Tobago, against Jamaica.
“I still would like to represent the West Indians at test cricket,” he said.
He emphasized he won’t beg anybody to pick him, or complain to the selectors if his name is not thrown into the test squad.
As a bowler, Pollard’s masterful disguise of his slower variations a la Dwayne Bravo can upset the flow of runs and create quick breakthroughs. “I know I cannot bowl 140 kilometres per hour. I do use the slower balls, but not the back-of-the-hand-stuff.”
Pollard said he extends his attacking repertoire by working hard on making his weaknesses less obvious.
A key to success in T20-cricket is not to blink first. “He who panics first, will lose the game at Newlands between the Cobras and the (Sunfoil) Dolphins on Friday,” he added.
When probed about his duel with Dwayne Bravo, Pollard chirped: “Who is Dwayne Bravo.”
“No, Bravo is a good player and the West Indian one-day captain. He is also a good friend,” added the big Caribbean.
“He might think he will be one up on me on a juicy wicket, but we will see.”
Pollard said he enjoys the “lovely atmosphere” in the Cobras dressing room, and the latitude to express oneself freely. He also likes the many trophies.
“To me, it is about winning at all costs,” he added.
The Nashua Cape Cobras squad playing against the Dolphins remains unchanged:
Justin Ontong (Captain)
George F Linde