Shaun Pollock recalls how he felt like he was 'thrown in at the deep end' when he was asked to take over as South Africa captain following Hansie Cronje's life ban.
Pollock took over the job after Cronje was banned in 2000, and led the side until after the 2003 World Cup, but he says his appointment was unexpected.
With the move being so sudden, he had had no time to plan but he says he quickly had to adapt and captain in his own style.
After, as he puts it, being thrown in the deep end, he recalls how important it was to regain the trust of everybody following South African cricket.
Pollock, who captained South Africa during the 1998 Commonwealth Games, stood down after the 2003 World Cup, but captained the side twice in 2005 and once in 2007 when Graeme Smith was unavailable.
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