Pollard fit, Sachin a worry

Pollard fit, Sachin a worry

Pollard fit, Sachin a worry

Kieron Pollard

“There is no problem with Pollard. He’s fit,” team sources said. In that match, Pollard was seen limping during the semifinal tie against Royal Challengers Bangalore last night while batting as well as bowling even though it did not deter the big-built West Indian from dishing out a superb all-round display.

“He had some cramps, but he’s okay now,” the sources added. The Trinidadian struck a belligerent 33 not out in 13 balls with three sixes, bowled his four overs tightly to pick up three vital wickets and effected a run out as well to bag the man of the match award as Mumbai Indians won the match by 35 runs.

While the green signal for Pollard is a big boost to MI, a question mark hangs over the availability of captain Sachin Tendulkar for Sunday’s summit clash. “We will take a call on Sachin in two days. Nothing can be said before that,” sources said. Tendulkar split the webbing in his right hand last night, trying to catch the edge from Rahul Dravid in the fourth over and left the field.

Most googled
Tendulkar has emerged the most searched Indian cricketer by fans in Google, followed by Sourav Ganguly, among the players in the third edition of IPL.

According to Google India’s second IPL Zeitgeist for 2010, which gave an insight into the most searched teams and players during IPL III, Shane Warne continued to be the most searched international player for the second year running.

Warne was overall third most Google-searched IPL player, followed by Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid and Brett Lee. At tenth was Harbhajan Singh.

Conspicuous by their absence were popular names like MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag who moved off the top 10 most Google-searched players this year.

Adam Gilchrist, Ryan Harris and Praveen Kumar made their debut at number seven, eight and nine respectively.

Among the teams, Deccan Chargers ousted Mumbai Indians from the top slot to second. Chennai Super Kings are at number three while Kolkata Knight Riders dropped to number four this year.