Greatest cricket player: If Jacques Kallis becomes a coach, he will make three people jobless. The batting coach, bowling coach & fielding coach.
Greatest cricket player –
2 years before his retirement
His Last Test Match
— He has a better batting average in both Tests and ODIs than Sachin Tendulkar
— The man has scored a century in his last Test innings and I don’t remember anyone questioning his spot ever in his career. He broke numerous records in his last Test.
— December 27, 2013, off the fifth ball of 108th over, Kallis caught Ravindra Jadeja off the bowling of JP Duminy to record his 200th Catch. He became only the second player to take 200 or more catches as a non-wicketkeeper. Rahul Dravid was the first man to do so and incidentally took his 200th catch at the same venue exactly three years ago i.e. December 27, 2010.
— The catch was also his 336th in international cricket. It put him at par with Dravid as having the third most number of catches as non-wicketkeepers in international cricket.
— Jacques Kallis came to bat at No 4, his usual spot in the South African Test line-up. It was his 85th innings at No 4 in Tests at home. He overtook Jayawardene (84) and is now only behind (138) for the most innings at No 4 in home Tests.
— Off the fifth ball of 44th over, Kallis and AB de Villiers completed 3000 partnerships runs. De Villiers is the third batsman with whom Kallis has added 3000 or more partnership runs in Test Cricket. The other two are Hashim Amla (3923) and Gary Kirsten (3592).
— Kallis and de Villiers completed their 100-run stand in the 65th over of the first innings. It was Kallis’ 69th 100-run partnership in Tests. He overtook Shivnarine Chanderpaul (68) to occupy the fourth position in the list of most century partnerships. The leaders of that table are Dravid (88), Tendulkar (86) and Ricky Ponting (85).
— Off the last ball of 86th over, Kallis aggregated 28000 partnership runs i.e. South Africa have scored 28000 runs with Kallis at the crease. It is the 3third highest aggregate after Dravid (32010) and Tendulkar (31144).
— Kallis added two 50-run stands in the first innings at Durban — 58 with Duminy and 83 with Dale Steyn. Thus, Kallis has been involved in 128 50-run stands in his Test career. He has also been a part of 69 100+ partnerships.
— Kallis has seen 337 dismissals at the other end while at the crease. Chanderpaul, Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar, Steve Waugh, and Border are the only ones who have seen more wickets fall while at the crease.
— Kallis is the only player to add 1000+ runs with 10 different partners in Test Cricket. Next, best is Chanderpaul and Ponting, who have 1000+ partnership runs with eight players each.
— When Kallis reached the score of 80, he completed 7000 Test runs at home. He became only the third batsman after Ponting (7578) and Tendulkar (7216) to reach the landmark.
— When Kallis reached the score of 82, he completed 9000 Test Runs batting at No 4 in his 170th innings. After Sachin Tendulkar (13492) he is the only one to reach the milestone. Sachin Tendulkar scored 13492 in 275 innings at the spot.
— Kallis has 23 Test centuries at home and is level with Ponting on that front.
— With this century in 2013, Kallis continued his long streak of scoring Test tons every year since 1997 (the year in which he scored his first Test 100). He is the only player to score a century every year in last 17 years. Dravid did it for 15 years (1997-2011). Jayawardene has done it from 1998 to 2012 but is yet to score a ton this year.
— When he reached 115, Kallis became the third highest run-getter in Test cricket as he went past Dravid’s tally.
— South Africa eventually went onto win this Test match by 10 wickets. This inning turned out to be Kallis’s 50th 50+ score in Test victories alone. Only Ponting (72) has more 50+ scores in Test wins.
— Kallis featured in his 53rd Test victory at home. .. Only Ponting featured in more home victories.
If all this was about his last Test only, the guy must be something.
In 2003-04, Kallis scored centuries in five consecutive Test matches, a record bettered only by the great Don Bradman, with the Australian having managed the feat in six successive Tests.
Kallis averages incredible 56.26 in the second innings of Test matches, with only that man Bradman again holding a better record than the South African (a minimum requirement of 2,000 runs).
Thirteen years ago, Kallis made 456 runs without being dismissed, which is the fourth-highest aggregate ever in the history of Test cricket, with scores of 157*, 42*, 189* and then 68.
The all-rounder’s half-century against Zimbabwe at Newlands in 2005, which came from just 24 balls, is still the fastest-ever fifty recorded in Test cricket in terms of balls faced.
Between January 1999 and December 2012, Kallis scored 11,961 runs in 136 Tests at an eye-catching average of 61.33, including 42 centuries and 51 fifties.
Based on a minimum requirement of 5,000 runs, no other batsman in the world during that time could boast either a better Test average or more hundreds than, him.
In total, during his 166-Test career, Kallis faced 28,903 deliveries, during which time he was dismissed on 240 occasions, meaning the Proteas legend batted for an average of 120.43 balls per innings.
However, it was not just on home soil that Kallis reigned supreme, as no other non-Asian batsman has managed more than either his 2,058 runs or his eight centuries in Tests on the subcontinent
No other player in the history of Test cricket has ever been handed more than Kallis’ 23 man-of-the-match awards during his 166 appearances for South Africa, between 1995 and 2013.
For those who want to argue about this, I would like to give them a few points in their favor
Barely 7,000 people were present at Kallis’ final test in Kingsmead stadium, Durban.
He averaged below 10 in his first 5 Test matches.
Kallis scored his first big innings, 150 when he was 40 Tests old.
He had just 3, 5-wicket take in an innings in his first years.
Kallis’ first double hundred came after almost 15 years.
Even after all this Kallis are the greatest cricketer of the modern era and one of the greatest of all time.