|A hero's farewell|
Hats off to a magnificent all rounder and a wonderful athlete. The way he carried himself on and off the cricket field is remarkable.
Kallis is a true champion and a great role model for future generations. Thank you Kallis for inspiring us for two decades. Today, as I watch South Africa beat India in the Durban test, I cannot think of a better send-off for Kallis.
1. South Africa beat India convincingly
2. Kallis scored a century in this test
3. He completed 200 catches in test cricket in this game
As I watch him retire, I did some analysis to compare Kallis with other greats in cricket. I've shared it in this post. This analysis was done using R, Shiny and Ruby.
|Best all rounders in Test cricket history|
|Kallis and Sobers stand out in all round performance in Test cricket history|
In Test cricket, Kallis = Rahul Dravid + Zaheer KhanKallis has performed as well as a successful specialist Indian batsman and a successful specialist Indian bowler combined in Test cricket.
|Jacques Kallis = Rahul Dravid + Zaheer Khan|
|Test cricket batting||Mat||Inns||NO||Runs||HS||Ave||BF||SR||100||50||4s||6s||Ct||St|
|Kallis = Dravid in Test Cricket (Batting)|
|Test cricket bowling||Mat||Inns||Balls||Runs||Wkts||BBI||BBM||Ave||Econ||SR||4w||5w||10|
In One Day International cricket, Kallis = Sourav Ganguly + Abdul RazzaqKallis has performed as well as a successful specialist Indian batsman and a successful specialist Pakistani bowler combined in One Day cricket.
|Jacques Kallis = Sourav Ganguly + Abdul Razzaq|
|ODI cricket batting||Mat||Inns||NO||Runs||HS||Ave||BF||SR||100||50||4s||6s||Ct||St|
So who is the best all rounder? Kallis or Sobers?
|ESPN's analysis of Kallis and Sobers|
I've had the privilege of watching Kallis in my lifetime and he is a great athlete - a batsman and a great bowler rolled into one. His performance in both Test and One Day cricket has been stellar. He's clearly the best all rounder in One Day cricket, and gives Sobers tough competition in Test.
|Kallis is the best all rounder in One Day cricket history|
Kallis batting performance in One Day cricket|
Hope South Africa and international cricket find someone of Kallis' stature.
Reference: espncricinfo.com (some images and player statistics)