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    Shaun Pollock

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    In terms of stats he is right up there with Botham, Kapil, Miller, Imran but like Kallis I feel he goes a little under appreciated, where would you put him in say an all time list. I say he is worthy of a top 50.

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    In terms of value as a player, you could argue that he is higher than Botham and Dev. Criminally underrated, both him and Kallis.

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    Botham, in his pomp, was quite capable of winning any match at any time with bat or ball - he was unique

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Botham, in his pomp, was quite capable of winning any match at any time with bat or ball - he was unique
    It is amazing how stats have become the only way to measure greatness.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    It is amazing how stats have become the only way to measure greatness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    How else do you think I earned the accolade "13th best poster in CW history"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Botham, in his pomp, was quite capable of winning any match at any time with bat or ball - he was unique
    Mushtaq Mohammed in his "pomp" was able to score centuries and take fivefors against mighty Windies (which Botham could only dream of). So he must be the greatest

    Few good series would not show greatness. It has to be a sustained effort over years. Pollock has done that and so has Kallis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    It is amazing how stats have become the only way to measure greatness.
    It's much more amazing how subjective opinions are valued more than stats to measure greatness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migara View Post
    Mushtaq Mohammed in his "pomp" was able to score centuries and take fivefors against mighty Windies (which Botham could only dream of). So he must be the greatest
    - you'll be saying Steve MacManaman was a better footballer than George Best next

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    - you'll be saying Steve MacManaman was a better footballer than George Best next
    Sorry mate. I have absolutely no idea about soccer stars. But I hope that you've got the irony of the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migara View Post
    Sorry mate. I have absolutely no idea about soccer stars. But I hope that you've got the irony of the post.
    I think I understand the point you're making although I must admit I'm struggling to find more than one game where it's even arguable that, by dint of his personal contributions Mushy was beyond doubt the difference between defeat and victory,

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    Pollock was the best all-rounder of my generation. Definitely in the top ten cricketers of my era as well.

    Underrated by the public (not South African) but rates highly with his peers. Kinda like Jacques Kallis, who cricketers like Andrew Flintoff consider to be the 'perfect' all-rounder but has never received the same plaudits that Flintoff has, especially at home.

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    Definitely one of the greatest all-rounders I have seen, I reckon he's definitely up there with the likes of Botham and Dev.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT Boy View Post
    Pollock was the best all-rounder of my generation. Definitely in the top ten cricketers of my era as well.

    Underrated by the public (not South African) but rates highly with his peers. Kinda like Jacques Kallis, who cricketers like Andrew Flintoff consider to be the 'perfect' all-rounder but has never received the same plaudits that Flintoff has, especially at home.
    How would you compare Kallis and Pollock?

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    IMO, put Kallis and Pollock in an Indian, Australian or English cricket team and they would have received twice as much attention and fanfare.

    They are still both very respected cricketers, and fans and experts are aware of their achievements, but they still aren't brought up when we talk best batsmen, bowlers or allrounders of the modern era.

    Honestly think it'd be different if they played for another team. I used to not think that was the reason, but when was the last time a South African was spoken about as one of the elite (and not just a very good to great player). Would probably be Donald, and even he is slightly underrated.
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