Does Jacques Kallis deserve a place in the list of best All rounders of all time?
The moment I say Jacques Kallis all RCB fans mind will wander back to the IPL 2010 where in the All rounder from South Africa performed consistently well throughout the series scoring 572 runs in 16 matches at an average of 47. Such was his domination that Only the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar(618) was ahead then him in terms of runs. But his story didn’t stop there, he even took 13 wickets and was not far behind Anil Kumble (17 Wickets), Vinay Kumar (16 Wickets) and Dale Steyn(15 Wickets). That was undoubtedly an All Round Performance from the RCB star.
Now let us talk about the great All Rounders of 70’s and 80’s. The list includes Sir Richard Hadlee, Gary Sobers, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Ritchie Benaud, Ravi Shastri, Ian Botham. The next generation included the likes of Chris Cairns, Chris Harris, Lance Klusner, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Flintoff, Irfan Pathan, JACQUES KALLIS.If you talk about the current set of All rounders, then the list includes the likes of Dwayne Bravo, Shahid Afridi, Shaqib Ul Hasan, Shane Watson along with Jacques Kallis.
Sir Garfield Sobers is the regarded as the best all rounder of all time. Sir Garfield Sobers managed over 8,000 runs and 200 wickets. He is followed by likes of Imran Khan, Hadlee and others. But Jacques Kallis’ achievement is no mean feat. He is the only cricketer in the history of the game to hold more than 10,000 runs and 250 wickets in both one day and Test match cricket.
Kallis is one of only four players in Test history (after Sir Donald Bradman and Mohammad Yousuf, and before Gautam Gambhir) to make a century in five consecutive matches. Kallis was recently named in the top 20 contenders for the best all rounder of all time. Kallis has been consistent both with the bat and the ball for over a decade now.
He has scored 35 test centuries and only two pure batsman Sachin Tendulkar(49) and Ricky Ponting(39). He also has 17 Hundreds to his name in the ODI.He also has the fastest half century in a test match against his name when he scored 50(24 balls) against Zimbabwe. Kallis’ only serious competitor in his genre was Andrew Flintoff who managed to score below 4000 runs in both the formats of game with 226 wickets in Test and 169 in ODI.
The big question is ,With a such a wonderful track record, where will be this legendary RCB and South African cricketing all-rounder be placed in the list of all time great All-Rounders???
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