Graeme Pollock, who turned 72 on Saturday is South Africa’s most celebrated cricketer of the apartheid era. A batsman, who very well could have become the greatest Test cricketer ever, but lost the prime of his career to the cricketing community’s boycott of South Africa.We take a look at five facts about Graeme Pollock, celebrating one of the finest talents South Africa has every produced.
#1 It is in the blood
Pollock comes from one of those families where cricket runs the household.
His father, Andrew M. Pollock was a Scottish-born South African cricketer, who played first-class games for the Orange Free State cricket team. Graeme’s uncle, Robert Howden represented Natal in three first-class matches. So it was logical for Graeme to pick up the sport at an early age.
Graeme’s entry into the game was further spurred by the fact that his cousin, Peter played for the South African international team. And that isn’t where the family’s love affair with the game ended. The next generation of Pollocks included Graeme’s sons, Anthony and Andrew, and his nephew Shaun, who captained South Africa and went on to play 108 Tests.