Shaun Pollock celebrates his 45th Birthday today.He was truly a Superstar of his generation and a true servant of South African Cricket.He played in as many as 108 test matches for South Africa taking 421 wickets and 303 ODIs taking 393 Wickets. He played the sport in the right spirit and brought many laurels to his Country. Its been over 10 years since we last saw Shaun Playing international cricket but the memories that he gave cricket fans are still afresh in their minds.Let us remember some good things about Shaun Pollock.
1.Shaun Pollock is the Highest wicket Taker in both tests and ODIs for South Africa.He is also the Sixth in the list of all time highest wicket takers in Internatinal Cricket taking a total of 829 wickets. Only Behind Muttiah Muralitharan,Shane Warne,Anil Kumble,Glenn Mcgrath and Wasim Akram.
2.Shaun Pollock is the 4th in the list of players to have played most number of Consecutive ODI matches for his team.He played 133 matches on the trot for South Africa.Only Sachin Tendulkar,Andy Flower and Hansie Cronje have played more.
3.Shaun Pollock also holds the record for most number of ODI wickets when playing on home soil.He has taken 193 ODI wicket while playing in South Africa. He was very economical throughout his Playing career and had an economy rate of 3.67 which was very good as per ODI standard.
4.Shaun Pollock also holds the record for batting most number of times in ODIs before making his first century.He made his first Century after 189 Innings,The most by any cricketer.He is also one of the very few cricketers to have taken 4 Wickets in 4 balls in a First class game.
5.Shaun Pollock is the only Batsmen to score 2 centuries batting at no 9 position in test cricket.He was also very effective against Sachin Tendulkar and dismissed him a total of 9 times in ODIs.Only Brett Lee Dismissed Sachin more number of times (10).