Shaun Pollock dismissed Sehwag twice on the latter's debut Test match in 2001    Getty Images
Shaun Pollock dismissed Sehwag twice on the latter’s debut Test match in 2001 Getty Images

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has wished South African great Shaun Pollock on his birthday, calling him ‘Polly Kaka’. Sehwag, who is very vocal and humorous regarding his views on social media website Twitter, also recalled his first Test match against South Africa, in which he scored a century but was dismissed in both the innings by Pollock. The South African isn’t the first one for whom Sehwag has said something funny. On India’s limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni’s birthday, he declared it as an ‘National Helicopter Day’. He also referred Malcolm Marshall’s one-handed batting and Anil Kumble bowling with broken jaw as ‘Dabangg’ scenes of cricket. ALSO READ: Happy Birthday, Shaun Pollock: Former South African all-rounder turns 43

 

 

Born on July 16, 1973 in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, Pollock turned 43 today. The veteran South African all-rounder made his Test debut against England at Centurion in November 1995. He went onto play 108 Tests for his nation, scalping 421 wickets, with his best figures being 7 for 87. To add to that, he has 16 five-wicket hauls and 1 ten-wicket haul to his name. In ODIs he has 393 wickets in 303 matches with his best figures being 6/35. He till date remains the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in both the formats.

Pollock was nothing less with the bat. He amassed 3,781 runs in 108 Test matches at an average of 32.31, which included 16 fifties and 2 hundreds to his name. In the 50-over format, he scored 3,519 runs in 303 matches at an average of 26.45 with one century and 14 half-centuries.