Last Update on: December 31st, 2021 at 10:36 pm
Legendary South African cricketer Shaun Pollock has reacted to his comparison with Indian pacer Mohammed Shami which was made by former Proteas cricketer Daryll Cullinan.
Shami earned a lot of praise from the cricketing fraternity for his sensational performance in the first Test match of the 3-match series against South Africa at the SuperSport Park, Centurion where India won by 113 runs. Shami bagged a 5-wicket haul in the first innings of the match and a 3-wicket haul in the second innings. Also, during this process, he completed 200 Test wickets.
Meanwhile, Former South Africa cricketer Daryll Cullinan had earlier drawn his comparison with South African speedster Shaun Pollock and England’s veteran pacer James Anderson.
“Just watch his seam position. It is perfectly up there. Watching him bowl reminded me on Pollock and Anderson that don’t seem to waste the ball. He was on strike constantly with subtle variations and seam positions. It’s not as if the batters are anticipating his line and length,” Cullinan had said on ESPNCricinfo.
Different Actions, He’s A Bit More Skinny Than I Was – Shaun Pollock On Mohammed Shami
Former Proteas pacer said that the Indian pacer Shami is “a bit more skinny” than he was during his days.
“Different actions. He’s a bit more skinny than I was. But I think what Daryll (Cullinan) was referring to was that we always try to make people play. We don’t try to waste deliveries,” Pollock told Dinesh Karthik on Cricbuzz.
Pollock further lauded the 31-year-old Indian pacer and said that he absolutely loves Shami’s “seam presentation”. He asserted:
“You want to be in and around the off-stump, (batters) almost feel like you can’t leave it and make the batters come to you. So I think that’s what he has done. I always enjoyed what I’ve seen from him. I just love his seam presentation, he led from the front. I had a feeling he was going to be really effective on this surface and it proved to be the case. The combination with Bumrah, who looked like it was going to be a huge blow with the ankle injury he had, came back and bowled superbly well. But Shami for definitely the pick.”
Pollock added that Shami performed brilliantly and he was very close to winning the man of the match award. Notably, KL Rahul who smashed a century on the first day won the man of the match award. Pollock said:
“He was mildly close to being the man of the match. We just think that this Test match was set up with 123 (from Rahul) up-front on the first day, but Shami was a real close second. He bowled brilliantly.”
“Sometimes you take a while to get going, but he didn’t do it this time. Every over that he got, even if it was the first spell of the day, whether he came after lunch or tea, he was on the money and (was) asking all the questions. Just simply brilliant.”
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