Unarguably, the best all-rounder to have ever played the game, the messiah Jacques Kallis turns 41 today. One of the most consistent and technically sound players in the history of the game, Kallis still remains one of the unsung heroes of the sport. He was a silent assassin, ripping apart every opposition with his stupendous stroke-play and intelligent bowling.
The world hails cricketing legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Don Bradman as the best batsmen in the history, and considers Glenn McGrath, Courtney Walsh and Wasim Akram as the best fast bowlers ever, on the basis of numbers. But here was a young lad, who debuted for South Africa at the age of just 20 years and conquered every format that he featured in. Be it Tests or ODIs, the level of competition this young player gave to his opponents was commendable. If we look at the numbers, one might easily say that he was as good as Sachin in batting and as effective in bowling as Brett Lee.
Kallis in numbers:
Tests (1995-2013) – Matches: 166 (fourth-highest) Runs: 13289 (third-highest) @ 55.37 Hundreds: 45 (second-highest) Best: 224 Wickets: 292 wickets @ 32.65 Catches: 200
ODIs (1996-2014) – Matches: 328 Runs: 11579 @ 44.36 Hundreds: 17 hundreds Fifties: 86 Wickets: 273 @ 31.79 Catches: 131
There might never be another of his kind. The numbers are just phenomenal! No other all-rounder comes even close to these insane numbers. Kallis was a specialist batsman, a great slip fielder and a specialist bowler in one body. That is one rare combination. To relive the illustrious career of this legend, EssentiallySports brings to you “The King of Cricket” and his best performances.