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‘Srinath an unsung hero’

Shaun Pollock.   | Photo Credit: PRAKASH SINGH

Javagal Srinath spearheaded India’s pace attack in the ’90s with aplomb, but former South Africa seamer Shaun Pollock believes the Indian never got the credit he deserved.

Srinath played 67 Tests and 229 ODIs between 1991 and 2003, taking 236 and 315 wickets respectively.

“I thought India’s Javagal Srinath didn’t get the credit he deserved,” Pollock said during a Sky Sports podcast discussion with former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding and England’s Stuart Broad.

“In my era, you had great combinations like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis for Pakistan and Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh for the West Indies. Australia had Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee. You now have James Anderson and Stuart Broad in this era,” he said.

Pollock, who snapped up over 400 Test wickets and amassed more than 3,700 Test runs in 108 Tests, said one bowler who left an indelible mark on him early in his career was West Indian pace great Malcolm Marshall.

“Marshall was next level and I was lucky enough to meet him early in my career as it made me think about fast bowling in a completely different way,” he said.

Pollock has also been most impressed by fellow countryman Dale Steyn. “He cranked it up on flat wickets and had such a good action and variations. He is something special and his stats back it up.”

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