Dolly Returns a hero

In the spring of 2003 D’Oliveira’s greatness was finally acknowledged when South Africa hosted the cricket World Cup.

D’Oliveira and the great South Africa batsman Graeme Pollock were the two cricketing giants invited out on to Newlands ground to take part in the opening ceremony. Spectators noted how Pollock, a courteous man who never turned his back on the new world of post-apartheid South Africa, kept himself one step behind D’Oliveira.