Shaun Pollock: The excellent Bowling All-Rounder
Shaun Pollock is a South African player who is famous for his bowling skills. It is said that South Africa has produced only two exceptional all-rounders; one of them is Shaun Pollock and the other one is Jacque Kallis. Despite being an excellent right arm fast medium bowler, Pollock also a good right arm batsman. His skills with the bat are also considered to be a reason behind him being at number 18 in our list.
Pollock was born on 16th July in 1973 at Port Elizabeth, Cape Province of South Africa. He belongs to a Scottish ancestry. He married the finalist of Miss South Africa pageant, Trish and had two girls Jemma and Georgia. Pollock has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and he is a graduate from the University of Natal. Since child hold, Pollock was a big fan of cricket. He loved the game and was a part of his college as well as his school cricket team. For him cricket was one of the most important things. He was exceptional player and why not, cricket runs in his blood. He is the nephew of excellent South African player, Graeme Pollock and his father, Peter Pollock was also a cricketer of the South African team. He was a fast bowler so when Pollok the junior joined the team, people expected a lot from him. They had hoped that he would be as good as her former relatives were and Pollock proved himself. He turned out to be better than his father.
Pollock started his domestic career with KwaZulu-Natal in 1992-93. Then he played for the same club again in 2003-2004. In 1996 he started playing for Warwickshire, he played for them more 6 years. In 2004-2005 he represented Dolphins and in 2008 he started playing for Mumbai Indians. The same year he also played for Durham. Pollock has proven to be an asset for any cricket club he has played for. He is among the few players who have taken four wickets in consecutive four balls. He made this record when he first time represented Warwickshire in a limited over game that was against Leicestershire in 1996.
Pollock made his first test debut on the 16th of November back in 1995 in a match against England. He played pretty well in the match. His first ODI debut was a year later on the 9th of January in 1996. Like his Test debut, his One Day International debut was also against England. His ODI shirt number was 7. His last Test match was on 10 January 2008 against West Indies and his last ODI was on 3rd January 2008 also against West Indies.
He played 108 Test matches and scored 3781 with the top score of 111 and a batting average of 32.31. Since he was an excellent bowler, he took 5 wickets in an innings 16 times and once he managed to take 10 wickets in one Test match. His best in Test match career is 7/87. He made 2 centuries and 16 half centuries in his entire Test match career. In his ODI Career he bowled 15, 712 balls and took 393 wickets. His best is 76/35 and he once managed to take 5 wickets in one match. He made 3,519 runs in 303 over with a batting average of 25.45 and top score 130 runs. He made 1 century and 14 half centuries in his ODI career.