Allan Donald
Allan Donald. (Photo: Twitter)

Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald hailed his bowling partner Shaun Pollock after the latter was inducted into the ICC hall of fame recently. Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock taking the new ball was one of the most threatening new ball spells and they had a terrific career. Pollock alongside Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene was added to the ICC hall of fame and they deserve the honors.

Pollock played 108 tests, 303 ODIs, and 12 T20Is picking up 421, 393 and 15 wickets in the respective formats. He was more than just a swing bowler and was a useful all-rounder down the order with more than 7000 international runs. He had a terrific career from the year of 1995 to 2008.

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock. (Photo: Twitter)

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“You Were Our Glenn McGrath” – Allan Donald

Allan Donald compared Shaun Pollock to one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Glenn Mcgrath, and reckoned about how Pollock had pace at the start of his career. Donald added that Pollock was always effective despite the drop in pace and explained the way Pollock hit the good lengths consistently.

“What I admire a lot about you is the way you were able to adapt your game. When you first came into the Proteas side, you were this fast bowler who could terrorise batters. Despite injuries later in your career, you always managed to be effective, even if you didn’t quite have the pace you once had, and that’s a remarkable quality.

You were our Glenn McGrath, the sort of bowler who could lock down an end and let the rest of us run free at the other,” Donald wrote to Pollock in a letter uploaded on ICC website

Allan Donald
Allan Donald. (Photo: Getty Images)

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“You Would Pile Up The Dots At One End” – Allan Donald

Allan Donald mentioned the way Shaun Pollock never gave away free runs which in turn helped Donald to attack from the other end with his pace. He added that Pollock had extraordinary stamina and concentration to be able to hit the right lengths again and again.

We could throw you the ball and say ‘See you tonight’. You would pile up the dots at one end and then I would have licence to express myself,” 

“Where my style was to combine control with pace, you did so with swing, getting so close to the stumps that batters would have to play almost every ball. It took incredible stamina and concentration because you gave them nowhere to hide.” he added

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Shaun Pollock[photo: Twitter]
Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock have taken 1400 wickets together for the Proteas in international cricket.

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