Coming from a family of legendary cricketers, it was not surprising that Shaun had it in his genes to become an international cricketer. Peter Pollock being his father and Graeme Pollock as his uncle, we aren’t surprised that Shaun got the best of both worlds and became one of the best bowlers in the history of cricket.
In 1995, he started his cricket career and it was not long before he established himself and told the world that he is here to stay in the game. While the expectations from this young and naive boy were touching the sky because of his family background, he marked his arrival in style by taking four wickets in four balls. This was the moment when South Africa knew that they have found a backbone for the team.
|Full Name: Shaun Maclean Pollock||Born: July 16, 1973|
|Height: 6ft 1inc||Nationality: South African|
|Years Active: (1995- 2008)||Birth Place: South Africa|
|Role: all-rounder||Batting Style: Right-hand batsman|
|Bowling Style: Right-arm fast-medium||Nickname: Pollock|
Shaun Pollock knew his destiny as he was associated with world-class cricketers. Shaun’s grandfather played seven matches for the Orange Free State and both his sons took after him. Peter Maclean Pollock, Shaun's father and Graeme Pollock, his uncle continued the legacy of cricket in the family.
While all of them had remarkable records in the history of the game, starting from the 20th century itself, it was now Shaun’s turn to make his mark. He married Patricia Lauderdale, a model on May 2000. Jemma and Georgia Pollock are the two daughters of the couple. Being a dedicated Christian, the cricketer stays far away from alcohol and drugs.
Born in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province, Shaun was born into the legendary family of cricketers. Shaun was only five years old when his entire family came to Durban. By the time he was 11, Pollock already had a deep understanding of the game and was keenly interested in cricket. In 1991, he started playing cricket full-time and was soon exposed to his first test match.
Shaun Pollock made his debut in a test series against England. In 1995, he made his ODI debut by smacking four wickets and scoring 66 in batting, being number eight in the list. He was one of the very few play exceptionally well while batting and bowling. He scored half century and also took wickets in the ODI series.
Due to an ankle injury, the debut cricketer had to fall off the team in 1996. In the latter half of the 1990s, Shaun returned to the team again with high hopes and big ambitions. Pollock and Alan Donald made a powerful duo during this time.
Shaun Pollock had a glorious beginning and his performance became consistent throughout. He got worldwide attention when he took a whopping 69 wickets in 14 test matches. In 1998, he created history for himself and rooted his name in the world of cricket. In 1998, his figures were 7/87 which was the best in the career of Shaun Pollock.
Consistency was one thing Shaun swore and this was clearly visible in his every performance. Alongside, his uncanny ability to swing the ball in both directions added the cherry to the cake. In 2000, as a result of his excellent performance and outstanding abilities, Shaun got captaincy for the test series. With the captaincy hat on, his skills only got better and he took a 10-wicket haul in 2001-2002 against India.
In the career of Shaun Pollock, there were uncountable highs but there were some low blows as well. After losing the matches in the world cup, the cricketer had to step down from the designation of captain. Due to his back injuries, Pollock’s performance started to decline constantly. Although his accuracy was as good as ever, his records were not all that great.
Shaun Pollock was an all-rounder bowler. In April 2000, Hansie Cronje got banned from cricket for life. This is when Shaun took over as the captain of the team. However, his captaincy was short lasting as he had to step down from the position after the 2003 World Cup.
Although he was no longer a captain, he remained to be an integral part of the team. Pollock has the lowest saving rate out of the bowlers who took 300 ODI wickets. Also, he was the 10th player in the history of cricket to take 400 wickets.
Things were tremendous at the beginning of Shaun’s career. Stars favoured him in every match and his skills got him well-deserved recognition. After his captaincy, the first low blow in his career arrived in 2001-2002 against a match with Australia.
Shaun was the Man of the Series in both ODI as well as the test series against India. He yet again proved himself by winning the man of the series against Pakistan in the ODI series. Due to his injuries, Pollock was struggling with his form and he announced his retirement from test cricket midway when they were playing against West Indies.
Shaun retired from ODI as well in the next series that followed. To date, he is the only player who scored 3000 runs and grabbed 3000 wickets in the test and ODI series. The cricketer said that he feels he utilized and nurtured his talent to the best of his abilities. Pollock was happy to be able to terminate things on his own terms.
Shaun Pollock has his name in golden letters in not only South Africa but around the world as well. His techniques and natural abilities never failed to impress international fans.
|Matches: 303||Runs Scored: 3519|
|Batting Average: 17.44||Top Score: 52|
|200/100/50: 0/1/14||Wickets: 393|
|Matches: 12||Runs Scored: 86|
|Batting Average: 12.29||Top Score: 36|
|200/100/50: 0/0/0||Wickets: 15|
|Matches: 108||Runs Scored: 3781|
|Batting Average: 32.32||Top Score: 111|
|200/100/50: 0/2/16||Wickets: 421|
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