Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pollard close to full fitness


BACK IN ACTION: Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Kieron Pollard, left, goes through his workout routine with his personal physiotherapist Kirk Russell during the T&T team’s training session at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, yesterday. Pollard, who is recovering from a knee surgery, will take the field for T&T today for the Regional Four-Day tournament day/night match against the Combined Campuses and Colleges at the Oval starting at 3 p.m. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

Mark Fraser

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is recovering from knee surgery faster than expected and is now close to full fitness, thanks to the player’s hard work ethic and commitment to the rehabilitation process.

Physiotherapist Kirk Russell, who is Pollard’s personal physio, said he was surprised by the all-rounder’s fast recovery.  

“Normally you are looking at between seven and a half months to nine months so the programme so far has gone fantastically well and he has worked really hard and committed himself to the training from the very start and it is testament to the fact that he is here today. He is still not 100 per cent but he is getting there,” Russell explained.

Russell said Isokinetic in London has been overseeing Pollard’s recovery and with the all-rounder starting to play, he was sent so that the Pollard gets the care he needs.

Pollard was selected on the Trinidad and Tobago four-day squad for the day/night game against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) starting today at Queen’s Park Oval but has not played in a major competition since the Champions League tournament in India last October.

The Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder admitted that it has been a tough road to recovery but insisted that the process has taught him some valuable lessons.

“Recovery has been hard. It has been tough. Training six to seven hours a day is not something I was accustomed to. It was a long process and I have learned a lot from it and hopefully it will put me in good stead going forward (in terms of) taking care of the body a bit more,” said Pollard.

The four-day match against CCC will be an opportunity for the all-rounder to test his limits and he says the game is being used as part of his rehabilitation programme.

“I feel confident. I have been batting in the nets for the last two months so for me it is about getting match practice. It is about getting that game time and stepping up that intensity,” he explained.

“I have the physio down here helping me as well so after the day’s play I am getting the different treatments that is needed to get fresh for the next day so things are in place so I can spend time in the middle to get that intensity up,” Pollard added.

But he for now there are some restrictions on what he can do in the middle.

“I will not be bowling any long spells but I don’t really bowl in four day cricket,” he pointed out.

Pollard, who has not played four-day cricket since March last year, is also looking forward to the opportunity to show his skills in the longer format of the game and said it is a joy just to get back on the field.

While he has not set himself any targets for the game he insisted: “My goal is to stay on the cricket field.”