“I always want to be remembered as consistent and reliable, what you see is what you get."
These are the words of the former Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock who has made a significant impact on cricket.
After retiring in 2008, he still holds the record of the highest South African wicket-taker in Test cricket at 421 scalps.
But this is not his sole accolade. He has also claimed the title of “gold medal-winning captain from the 1998 Commonwealth Games side” and was part of the only South African team to ever win an ICC trophy in 1998.
In an exclusive interview with sport24, Pollock said that one of his most defining moments is in 2000 after the late Hansie Cronje was found guilty of match-fixing.
"I had a job to do and it was in unfortunate circumstances. In that time you should feel proud about being selected as captain for South Africa, but it was under the sombre environment”, he said.
"We still had the same team, the same players and we still had the same work ethic. Maybe our reputation had been tarnished a bit but all we could do was keep performing and go back to what we did best.”
As the son of the former South African fast bowler Peter and nephew to former batting legend Graeme, Pollock mentioned how he “got a lot more media attention as a young kid compared to others”. He adds that: "I got past [living in family's shadow] once I represented South Africa and carved my own career.
"It was nice trying to break my dad's record with the amount of wickets he got so that motivated me. As far as the judgement goes, once they see you perform and validate your spot, it sort of goes by the wayside."
Pollock added that Dale Steyn, who has not played cricket since last November after a shoulder injury deserves to overtake him as the highest wicket-taking South African bowler in Test cricket.
With a reported return, Steyn is a mere four Test wickets away from reaching the 421 mark which would tie him with Pollock.
"It will be wonderful if he is still back to his best. He is a class player to watch and wish him well" Pollock mentioned.
Currently known for appearing as a SuperSport commentator, he commented on this endeavour: "Commentary is quite a full-time job. It's nice to be in the media and give back with your opinion and hopefully teach people about the game and give them an understanding for what's going on.”