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Shaun Pollock

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
South Africa, Africa XI, ICC World XI, Mumbai Indians
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | AllRounder
Home country:
South Africa
Born:
July 16, 1973, Port Elizabeth

Profile

What happens when one has the bloodline of legendary cricketers like Peter and Graeme Pollock? Nothing less than an international cricket sensation is born. Shaun Pollock, son of great Peter Pollock and nephew of Graeme Pollock was one of the greatest disciplined bowlers in the history of the game. Naive and young, Shaun made his debut in 1995 and soon rose to the standards of international cricket.

Starting off as a first-change bowler, Shaun soon graduated to take the new ball, and paired up with quickie Allan Donald; their twin pace attack soon became the backbone for South Africa's success in the latter half of 1990's. Considered as one of the straightest bowlers, who would bowl from close to the stumps, Shaun Pollock had the rare ability to swing the ball both ways, which deceived even the best of the best batsmen. Known for his accuracy and ability to constantly bowl in the corridor of uncertainty, Shaun will be remembered for his seven-wicket haul in the scorching heat of Adelaide in 1998, on a perfect batting pitch.

While his focus was always on the off stump, a surprise sprung from nowhere, as Shaun was made the captain of the side, after Hansie Cronje was shown the exit door from the game forever. Irrespective of the undercurrents of demoralisation and lost valour within the team, Shaun rose to the occasion and brought the team close to its lost international standards. Known for not being muck with the bat, Polly as he was fondly known, always contributed lower down the order and played some match winning innings.

However, he soon faced flak from all facets of the game and mounting criticisms towards his game, forced Shaun to announce his retirement on his home ground – Durban, in early 2008. Though Shaun's withdrawal from the game came as a shock to many of his fans, his smile and exuberance will remain captured in the hearts of every cricket fanatic.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 108 156 3781 39 32.31 52.52 2 16 111
ODI 303 205 3519 72 26.45 86.69 1 14 130
T20 12 9 86 2 12.28 122.85 0 0 36*
IPL 13 8 147 0 18.37 132.43 0 0 33
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 108 202 24353 9733 421 7/87 / 23.11 2.39 23 16 1 637
ODI 303 297 15712 9631 393 6/35 / 24.50 3.67 12 5 0 440
T20 12 11 243 309 15 3/28 / 20.6 7.62 0 0 0 10
IPL 13 13 276 301 11 3/12 / 27.36 6.54 0 0 0 4
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 72 0 6
ODI 108 0 21
T20 2 0 0
IPL 2 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 26 14 5 0 7 53.85
ODI 97 60 33 3 1 61.86
T20 1 0 1 0 0 0
IPL 4 3 1 0 0 75

Career

Span:
Test:
1995-2008
 
ODI:
1996-2008
 
T20:
2005-2008
 
IPL:
2008-2008
Test
Debut:
South Africa Vs England at SuperSport Park, Centurion (Verwoerdburg) - Nov 16, 1995
Last played:
South Africa Vs West Indies at Kingsmead, Durban - Jan 10, 2008
ODI
Debut:
South Africa Vs England at Newlands, Cape Town - Jan 09, 1996
Last played:
South Africa Vs West Indies at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Feb 03, 2008
T20
Debut:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005
Last played:
South Africa Vs West Indies at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Jan 18, 2008
IPL
Debut:
Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - May 28, 2008
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