The men who will matter: shaun Pollock
The South African captain, Shaun Pollock has led a very successful and determined team over the last few seasons.india Updated: Feb 05, 2003 00:27 IST
The South African captain, Shaun Pollock has led a very successful and determined team over the last few seasons.
In recent months, they have completely dominated Sri Lanka and Pakistan at home and they have fine-tuned their final World Cup plans and strategies well before the tournament starts. The South Africans thus, are likely contenders for the World Cup.
Pollock is currently rated third best bowler in one-day cricket. Whilst he may not be a fast bowler in the mould of Shane Bond, Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar, he would rate just as highly as Australia's Glenn McGrath for his accuracy and superb economy rate of just 3.77 runs per over.
Not many bowlers concede less than four runs per over. McGrath and Pollock are similar bowlers, both bowling a nagging and consistent line and length, with a good change of pace.
Batsmen need to be watchful against bowlers of this type because, one false shot could bring about their dismissal.
Pollock has the ability to change the course of the match with his powerful batting display as well. He often comes in to bat with about 10 overs to go, and by the time the innings is over, he has scored a quick-fire 30 or 40 runs. He is a powerful driver of the ball and is capable of hitting sixes off fast bowlers back over their heads. His strike rate of 82.29 suggests he can do some damage with the bat.
If Pollock and Kallis produce the form they are capable of, South Africa will be a very difficult side to defeat in their own conditions. (GE Features)
First Published: Feb 05, 2003 00:20 IST