Shaun Pollock made his debut in 1995 against England where he made an impression straight away. He made a run a ball 66 in his ODI debut and then picked up 4 for 34 in his 10 overs. No surprise he was the man of the match. Incidentally his debut was shared with Kallis and Paul Adams. Over the next 12 years Polly showed that his debut was no fluke, often named as one of the best all-rounders ever in cricket, his ability with the ball was almost matched with the bat. He was one of the most dangerous batsman in the ODI format, able to hit huge sixes either side of the wicket. He averaged 32 in tests, 26 in ODI’s with a high score of 111 in tests and 130 ODI’s. His bowling was his speciality averaging 23 in tests and 24 in ODI’s and only conceding 3.67 an over. He will be missed by South Africa, and the sending off he got was a testament to how much he has done for cricket in SA and what the spectators thought of him.
Shaun Pollock will be remembered as another Pollock great, a player that will never be replaced and never forgotten by those who follow cricket. It was a very emotional send off by the fans at every stadium and it was only fitting that he hit the winning runs.
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