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Famous South African Cricket Player Allan Anthony Donald

by on November 20, 2012
in Profiles, South Africa

Famous South African Cricket Player Allan Anthony Donald

So who remembers Allan Donald? Of course, we all do. He was one of the leading bowlers of South African cricket side who along with Shaun Pollack knew how to ruin the batting line of opponent team. He was known for her aggressive reaction while bowling. He also used to fall prey to his aggression at times by losing ability to breathe normally. He was one of his kind for sure.

Allan Anthony Donald, South Africa’s most distinguished pace bowler, is today recognized as a former yet quite a popular cricketer who certainly needs no introduction. Donald has cherished ultimate success in his career but being identified as the most accomplished fast bowler ever spotted on the field of Test cricket which is why he was ranked amongst the top ranked bowlers in 1998 by ICC Test rankings, after which he was seen on the top in the same ranking list the following year with 895 points. This was the 25th best ranking seen for ICC Test cricket. In One Day Internationals in 1998, Donald secured an impressive 794 points, this was again the 28th best ever ranking for ODIs. Till the early course of 90s, Donald was the sole world-class, most popular South African team’s bowler till Pollock surfaced in the team. It was in 1992 that Pollock performed his Test debut which was also the first Test for South African’s team as it had been re-admitted into the World cricket arena after the removal of the apartheid constraints.  Owing to his wide recognition of fast speed, he was rightly referred to as ‘White Lightning’: quite a terrifying bowler that he was, he was a treat to watch in any field. Upon retirement, Allan Anthony Donald had the record of being South Africa’s cricket team’s wicket-taker with a count of 330 averaging at 22.25 and also claimed a total of 272 ODI wickets and that too at an average of 21.78.

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