Pollock has 393 wickets in 303 matches for South Africa in ODIs    Getty Images
Pollock has 393 wickets in 303 matches for South Africa in ODIs Getty Images

Born July 16, 1973 in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, former South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock turns 43 today. Pollock, a right-arm fast medium bowler, is known to be one of the best South African cricketers of all time. Pollock’s strength was that he could move the ball both ways and was also known for his determination and courage. He was named captain of the South African side in April 2000 under dramatic circumstances as Hansie Cronje was caught in match-fixing. He retired in early 2008 and played his last Test match against West Indies at Durban. He has since become a commentator and can be seen covering various cricket matches. READ: Shaun Pollock: 10 things to know about South Africa’s champion all-rounder

Pollock made his Test debut for South Africa against England at Centurion in November 1995. He has 421 in 108 Tests. His best figures were 7-87. In Tests, his economy rate was 2.39. He has 16 five-wicket hauls and 1 ten-wicket haul to his name. In ODIs he has 393 wickets in 303 matches for South Africa. His best figures were 6/35.

While batting, Pollock has 3,781 runs in 108 matches at an average of 32.31. He has 16 fifties and 2 hundreds to his name in Tests, with a highest of 111. In One-Day Internationals 3519 runs in 303 matches at an average of 26.45. He has struck 1 hundred and 14 fifties in ODIs. He was also chosen as the Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2003. He is the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in ODIs and Tests.

Pollock has represented many teams in his career. He has played for Dolphins, KwaZulu-Natal etc. He has also played for Durham in the English County. In the IPL he has played for the Mumbai Indians franchise.