Mumbai, May 9: Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, is doubtful to take the field against Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
"Pollard has put himself through the paces in the nets (today). You cannot rush shoulder injuries. We will see how he feels tomorrow. We will be as patient as we can, he knows the best," team mentor Shaun Pollock told reporters at the pre-match media conference on Tuesday.
Pollard injured his right shoulder while fielding against Delhi Daredevils on April 27 and subsequently missed the next two thrilling games which were won by Mumbai.
Pollock admitted that a defeat against the Chennai Super Kings, which they eventually won after Dwayne Smith smashed a four off the ball, would have been a huge blow to Mumbai.
"It was important that we bounced back and ended up on the winning side. Having laid the foundation, we should have cruised to victory. And if we had lost, it would have been a big blow, but we showed the character.
"We have won the last four games against them (CSK) and we are happy with our performance. We had won the (last) game first, lost it and again won the game (on Sunday). It's important to win T20 games," said the former South African captain and premier fast bowler.
Pollock was happy to see Mumbai Indians batting unit perform well against Chennai Super Kings. "It's nice to see our batting unit click in the last game. And we can use this as a foundation going forward," said Pollock.
Pollock was happy to take on big teams like RCB and KKR, in home and away matches in a short period of time. "It will be nice to focus on the energies of these two teams. It's a nice opp for us to know the strengths and weaknesses. We are in a good position on the log (table). Five games left and a lot of cricket to be played, but we are obviously focused on tomorrow's match," he said.
MI clash with RCB on Wednesday and then on May 14 at Bangalore and with KKR on May 12 at the Eden Gardens and in Mumbai on May 16.