Sunday, February 03, 2008

Bye Bye Polly... We Miss U!!!

This year 2008 has been a big year as far as Cricket is concerned. It started off with a bang and now its that time of the year when cricket fans are filled with great emotions and feelings. Many cricketing greats have retired from international cricket recently. It was Gilly first. Now, its time to bid a warm farewell for another great legend that the cricketing fraternity can feel proud of. His name is Shaun Maclean Pollock.
This bowling all rounder, born in Port Elizabeth, has been a precious possession for the Protean team since his debut in 1995. Since then, he has been the bowling mainstay for the Proteas along with lethal paceman white lightning Allan Donald. This pace combo was really deadly. He is considered to be one of the cleanest and straightest bowler in international cricket. He has always demanded high respect from his team mates as well as his opponents. Such as been his modesty and attitude which must be applauded. He was a good lower order batsman too and has given some really wonderful contributions with the bat and ball alike and has saved the Proteas on many occasions. HE is also one of the most economical bowlers in test as well as the ODI cricket. He has also achieved the unique triple of scoring over 3000 runs in tests as well as ODI's and also taking more than 300 wickets in both forms of the game. He was also a successful captain but lost his captaincy after the dismal show in 2003 World Cup. He has proven the World that he is in fact one of the best allrounders in cricket. More than a great cricketer, he is a Great Human Being.

The main thing about this man is that he has been so humble and respectful that even the Pakistanis will like him. His sportiveness and his humour has also been one of the biggest positives for him making him one of the most lovable players in the World. So, this day marks the end of a very very illustrious career of a true legend. When asked about the reason for his retirement, He stated that "I realise I have been blessed by God and feel I have nurtured my talents to the best of my abilities." After South Africa sealed a series victory against the West Indies, Graham smith paid tribute to Pollock, stating "It's very important that people celebrate what he's given to South African cricket and what he's achieved as an individual." So, lets bid goodbye to one of the most lovable cricketers that we have ever seen. Bye Bye Polly.. WE MISS U!!!
P.S. Dedicated to Pollymaniacs and Proteas fans all over the World!!!

10 comments:

priya said...

Wow am very happy to comment first in this post..wat a player he has been for the proteas..its gonna be really difficult for other bowlers to fill in his shoes esp in odi's..even in his last odi he proved tat he is still the best as other bowlers were given severe treatment..truly one of the gentlemen this sport has ever seen..polly rocks!!!v miss him!!!and thanks a lot for this post..

shankar j.blogspot.com said...

The South African legendary fast bowler has once again inspired his fans all over the world in the recntly concluded series against West Indies by some great bowling and firy batting..... his last odi at his home ground was an inspirational one to everyone bcoz his last match from international cricket was played at his home ground...he was given a wonderful send off by his team mates at the ground..... hope his memories of polly last longer in international cricket....polly rocks!!!!

venkat said...

cool men left by south africans..........

arun said...

Ya ofcourse a gud bowler.... he done he job well, hope SA miss him alot a gud captain and a excellent bowler.

Swaminathan said...

Yes da Southafrica has really missed a legendary bowler.. i am so sad about his retirement..

gani said...

I personally feel sad about Southafrican cricket tactics by sidelining Great Allrounder Shaun Pollock from test which made him to retire as before as his retirement expected.But he once again proved he is the best allrounder in all formats of game in the recently concluded series against Westindies. Good Work polly!!!!

Vinod Kumar said...

Its time for him to leave. But yes, SA will miss a fine bowler. He was a great bowler and will remain in heart of many. Hats off to polly.

R..Bala said...

Even though I dislike the chokers team high time,pollock has really been a gud allrounder cricket has witnessed.Ntini and Hall have to shoulder the responsibility....

Handyblogger said...

Pollock is not only a good bowler but also a good batsman also. I watched a
lot match of south Africans. And he is one of my favorite player in world cricket.

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Recently many cricketing greats have retired from international cricket. Two great are Pollock and Gilly. We
really them. Pollock is one my favorite cricketer. Pollock is a good bowler and also a good batsman. Obviously Southafrica has really missed a legendary bowler.

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