30 July, 2021

Gettin' There, Ginger

It would not be in the least surprising if Pollock himself were to confess he is disappointed that he has not done justice to his talent.

Gettin' There, Ginger
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AT times one is led to wonder why Shaun Maclean Pollock has not established himself as the game’s premier all-rounder. In his own team Jacques Kallis has a higher rating in this capacity in both forms of the game. And in the one-day game, even the erratic and temperamental Lance Klusener might pip him at the ratings.

It would not be in the least surprising if Pollock himself were to confess he is disappointed that he has not done justice to his talent. His father Peter Pollock, who opened the bowling for South Africa in the years prior to the ban and was a member of a world-beating outfit, was big and strong, physical attributes that the son has not really inherited. He has never bowled as fast as his father did. Also, I remember Sunil Gavaskar once telling me that Pollock (Sr) is a very humorous man. The son is well liked, and a gentleman.

Then there is the other Pollock, one of the all-time greats of the game, who batted left-handed and charmed even the purists—Graeme. I remember talking to him in Durban during the first Test in 1996-97 at lunch, and he admitting...

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