South Africa v India, 1st Test, Centurion, 3rd day December 18, 2010

New feather in Kallis' cap

After Jacques Kallis got his first Test double-century, the argument that he is the greatest ever South Africa batsman has grown stronger
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After he had stood with his arms in the air for what seemed like hours, his helmet in one hand, the breeze gently brushing his new crop of hair, Jacques Kallis returned to the crease and played a booming, mock drive, almost as though he was teeing off on the golfing greens. Perhaps that's the shot he wanted to use to get his first Test double-hundred. Perhaps it didn't matter; all that did was that he had finally got there.

When Kallis reached 197, the monkey on his back was as large as Lisa the gorilla at the Johannesburg zoo. His eyes were darting about like fireflies. He realised he was one stroke away from a landmark that had eluded him so far. He played a solid forward defensive, typical of the mental picture most get when they think of Kallis. Then he was given two balls to think about how close he was.

AB de Villiers defended first, against Jaidev Unadkat, and then set off for a quick single to the covers. Kallis had to face his reality. It could have been an imminently more scary reality if he was up against Zaheer Khan, Mitchell Johnson or Stuart Board, but Unadkat helped the cause with a delivery pleading "hit me" down the leg side. A glance was all it took, AB de Villiers was celebrating like it was his own double ton at the other end, and the monkey leapt off Kallis' back.

Suddenly, the run machine became a human being. He removed his helmet and said a few words to the heavens. It's likely they were for his late father, Henry, who had a big influence on his career and passed away while Kallis was on tour in England in 2003. Then, he returned to earth and acknowledged the almost capacity crowd who were on their feet worshipping. His theme song 'Life is life' by Opus was being drowned out by their applause. They waved their South African flags for him alone. A man who was always perceived as aloof and distant was being embraced by the crowd and he let them in and allowed them to share in his joy.

It was clear that Kallis' double-hundred meant a lot, not just to him but all of South African cricket. It was the elephant in the room in discussions about whether he can be considered the all-time greatest of South African batsmen. Graeme Pollock, Daryll Cullinan and Gary Kirsten, three of the strongest candidates for that label, had ticked the 200 off their list. Kallis had enjoyed a longer career than all of them but in 15 years and four days of life as an international cricketer, he was not able to do the same.

It's not that he didn't have opportunities to achieve it; it's that he never took them. In 2001, against Zimbabwe was the closest he got. On a flat pitch in Bulawayo, Kallis could easily have scored at a quicker rate, but it was at a time when he was deeply immersed in his own game and trundled along like a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle. His 50 took 160 balls, his 100, a further 120 balls and he faced 443 balls in all for his 189. Kallis spent 19 minutes short of ten hours at the crease on that occasion and eventually ran out of partners.

By November 2007, Kallis was more of a team man, and had wasted a few more chances to get a double-hundred. His best opportunity came against New Zealand, when he looked supremely confident and then lost concentration when he was on 186 and was caught behind off an outside edge. His most recent opportunity came in February in Nagpur. Kallis was off to a blazing start, with 50 off 75 balls, and then settled in for the long haul. Eventually, he was out to an inside-edge that popped up to forward short-leg.

All told, Kallis has had ten innings where he has scored over 150 and wasn't able to push on to a double-hundred. This time it was different. He reached the milestone with such ease that it makes it almost inexplicable why he hasn't been able to get there before. He reached his century in style on Friday, with magnificent drives the highlight of his hundred. Kallis started slowly on Saturday morning, perhaps mindful that the maximum he had ever added to an overnight century was 37 runs.

Once he'd gone past the 150, it was a straight road to the milestone. His achievement was meaningful not just to himself, but to the team as a whole. Graeme Smith led the applause from the dressing room. Kallis' long-time friend Mark Boucher could not be seen on camera, but his delight will no doubt overflow.

The weight of expectation had finally lifted off Kallis' broad shoulders and although no one doubted his stature, it grew as much as his hair. He is not the most approachable character, he doesn't relate to fans in the same way as some of the other members of the squad because he simply isn't as much of a joker. That said, the respect they have for him and his abilities is unquestionable. Now that he has achieved the milestone that evaded him for so long, South Africans pride will only swell in being able to call him their own.

King Kallis, as they have named him, laid claim to his crown. Whether it was because of the sudden acquisition of hair on his balding scalp, the fact that he saw an opportunity more clearly and took it or that he had a desire to make a statement to an Indian team that is packed with some of the world's classiest batsmen, doesn't matter. What does is that he did it and now that he has tasted the sweetness of a double hundred, how many more will come?

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • number-09 on December 20, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Kallis has played a third more matches than sobers (142 vs 93). Kallis has only 34 more wickets. Sobers has a Better strike rate and average. Do the maths and if sobers played 142 matches he would have scored more runs and more wickets. So lets not say Kallis is greater. 2 of the greatest allrounders.

  • babarmalik on December 20, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    I have read a few comments here that suggest that Kallis is not technically elegant or a Chanderpaul type batsman. Whoever says this clearly does not understand much about cricket because Kallis along with Dravid is the most technically correct player in the world. There are two kinds of elegant batsmen, one with impeccable timing and the other with flawless technique. Kallis falls within the latter group. Because of his tremendous technique he hits beautiful cover drives as his left leg comes outside the crease fully with his body in perfect balance for the ball to meet the middle of the bat. Do not let his brawny figure mislead you when he hits his shots. Please be more objective. I understand that many fans only follow either their own teams or subjective opinions. The game is much bigger than individual teams and opinions. Please watch more cricket, read cricket books, read history of cricket and follow statistics closely before making any opinions. Thank you very much.

  • argylep on December 20, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Naveen Princes comments about Amla and AB De Villiers usurping Kallis as SAs greatest ever batsman is....well.....just laughable!! They are very good players (batsmen) in their own right but they are NOT and won't ever be regarded as great because they won't play as long as he has, won't score as many centuries as hes got, not finish their careers with the run aggregate he's accumulated and its extremely unlikely they'll ever match his test average. All these factors define cricketing (batting) greats and Amla and ABdeV won't even come close!! Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Daryl Cullinan, were very accomplished South African batsmen in their eras but for consistency, application, reliability, technique, attitude, temperament, Kepler Wessels was right...Kallis is (and will remain) the greatest bastman SA has ever produced and Boycott rates him as the best white batsman he's ever seen. Great comments for a great batsman Praveen??

  • CricketIndiaFanatic on December 19, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    @Hisban Zaidi - I totally agree with you. In cricketing ability Kallis is the best.

  • on December 19, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Kallis may be greatest allrounder of all time, but not batsmen. Amla n AB De will surpass his as greatest SA batsmen.

  • The_Professor on December 19, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    (@Vijay) Jadeja, the next Kallis - ha ha haha hahaha. That is a good one, Vijay - I'm sure you are joking! I have never read a single (serious) positive comment about Sir Jadeja but the selectors love him! The only thing JADEJA CAN MATCH KALLIS in is BOREDOM! Kallis is a great all-rounder but boring as hell as a batsman - no serious cricket lover will disagree?

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Jadeja the next kallis?? ohh you certainly made my day vijay, i just cant stop laughing.

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    he is one of the greatest cricketer ever......no one has ever achieved a feat of more than 10000 runs n more than 250 wickets in both TEST n ODI series....he deserve to be compared as tendulkar........

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    How the hell did Imran come into this comparison. Imran was a bowling all rounder, and Kallis is a batting allrounder, two differant species. Kallis bats in the top order while providing backup pace option. Imran was the strike pace bowler, while batting in the lower middle order. In terms of stats, Imran was as great a bowler as Kallis is a batsman, while both's other skill are pretty handy too. If you want to compare, compare Kallis with sobers, and Imran with botham, kapil etc. Both kinds of allrounders are equally valuable...its all a matter of opinion. In my opinion Imran was a better option for a team, coz bowlers win matches, and with a batting average of 37 he could make it as a specialist batsman into most teams. In fact when Imran stopped leading the Pakistani bowling attack towards the end of his career, he had similar bowling stats as kallis, while averaging 70 with the bat at number 3. Kallis is better than sobers though i think.

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    I've heard so many people say "Don Bradman is the greatest batsman, but Gary Sobers is the greatest". The same sentence for today's age would be "Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman, but Jacques Kallis is the greatest cricketer"!

  • number-09 on December 20, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Kallis has played a third more matches than sobers (142 vs 93). Kallis has only 34 more wickets. Sobers has a Better strike rate and average. Do the maths and if sobers played 142 matches he would have scored more runs and more wickets. So lets not say Kallis is greater. 2 of the greatest allrounders.

  • babarmalik on December 20, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    I have read a few comments here that suggest that Kallis is not technically elegant or a Chanderpaul type batsman. Whoever says this clearly does not understand much about cricket because Kallis along with Dravid is the most technically correct player in the world. There are two kinds of elegant batsmen, one with impeccable timing and the other with flawless technique. Kallis falls within the latter group. Because of his tremendous technique he hits beautiful cover drives as his left leg comes outside the crease fully with his body in perfect balance for the ball to meet the middle of the bat. Do not let his brawny figure mislead you when he hits his shots. Please be more objective. I understand that many fans only follow either their own teams or subjective opinions. The game is much bigger than individual teams and opinions. Please watch more cricket, read cricket books, read history of cricket and follow statistics closely before making any opinions. Thank you very much.

  • argylep on December 20, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Naveen Princes comments about Amla and AB De Villiers usurping Kallis as SAs greatest ever batsman is....well.....just laughable!! They are very good players (batsmen) in their own right but they are NOT and won't ever be regarded as great because they won't play as long as he has, won't score as many centuries as hes got, not finish their careers with the run aggregate he's accumulated and its extremely unlikely they'll ever match his test average. All these factors define cricketing (batting) greats and Amla and ABdeV won't even come close!! Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Daryl Cullinan, were very accomplished South African batsmen in their eras but for consistency, application, reliability, technique, attitude, temperament, Kepler Wessels was right...Kallis is (and will remain) the greatest bastman SA has ever produced and Boycott rates him as the best white batsman he's ever seen. Great comments for a great batsman Praveen??

  • CricketIndiaFanatic on December 19, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    @Hisban Zaidi - I totally agree with you. In cricketing ability Kallis is the best.

  • on December 19, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Kallis may be greatest allrounder of all time, but not batsmen. Amla n AB De will surpass his as greatest SA batsmen.

  • The_Professor on December 19, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    (@Vijay) Jadeja, the next Kallis - ha ha haha hahaha. That is a good one, Vijay - I'm sure you are joking! I have never read a single (serious) positive comment about Sir Jadeja but the selectors love him! The only thing JADEJA CAN MATCH KALLIS in is BOREDOM! Kallis is a great all-rounder but boring as hell as a batsman - no serious cricket lover will disagree?

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Jadeja the next kallis?? ohh you certainly made my day vijay, i just cant stop laughing.

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    he is one of the greatest cricketer ever......no one has ever achieved a feat of more than 10000 runs n more than 250 wickets in both TEST n ODI series....he deserve to be compared as tendulkar........

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    How the hell did Imran come into this comparison. Imran was a bowling all rounder, and Kallis is a batting allrounder, two differant species. Kallis bats in the top order while providing backup pace option. Imran was the strike pace bowler, while batting in the lower middle order. In terms of stats, Imran was as great a bowler as Kallis is a batsman, while both's other skill are pretty handy too. If you want to compare, compare Kallis with sobers, and Imran with botham, kapil etc. Both kinds of allrounders are equally valuable...its all a matter of opinion. In my opinion Imran was a better option for a team, coz bowlers win matches, and with a batting average of 37 he could make it as a specialist batsman into most teams. In fact when Imran stopped leading the Pakistani bowling attack towards the end of his career, he had similar bowling stats as kallis, while averaging 70 with the bat at number 3. Kallis is better than sobers though i think.

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    I've heard so many people say "Don Bradman is the greatest batsman, but Gary Sobers is the greatest". The same sentence for today's age would be "Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman, but Jacques Kallis is the greatest cricketer"!

  • chokkashokka on December 19, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    flat track bully - enough already about this old turkey plucking a feather from a feather bed of a wicket.

  • on December 19, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Vinay: I hope comparing Jadeja and Kallis is a joke??? :D

  • on December 19, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    I am an Indian and am sure of one thing. If Kallis would have been an Indian, he would have got more publicity (good sense) and respect than Sachin. Sachin is also a legend but I can't deny Kallis' contribution to cricket. More than 11K runs and 250 wickets is something that needs real caliber and fitness. If anyone thinks with neutral mindset, Kallis would be THE BEST...

  • on December 19, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    one of the greatest all rounder the world cricket has seen....

  • CustomKid on December 19, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Xolile I agree with you sir. His stats are second to few if any and is easily the best alrounder of the modern era. I think the reason he's not acknowledged is the fact that he simply goes about his business with minimal fuss. He plays solidly without being spectacular yet has the skills to unleaseh the fury if needs be with both bat and ball. His slip fielding is awesome too. I've always loved watching him here in Australia and have the upmost respect for his ability. He'll be one of those guys that probably gets more recongnition once he leave the game. The only reason I say that is when people start looking through the record books they'll say wow how good was this guy. At least I had the pleasure to watch him for most of his career and live when he toured Australia. Well done JK you're a star.

  • on December 19, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Yes, it took too long to come, but finally it came and came in style! Bravo Kallis

    Now no body can deny that u r the greatest ever cricketer on planet earth. There is no match of your all round records in every department of a game of cricket in whatever form- Test, ODI or Twenty20. Awesome!

    Sorry Bradman, Sorry Sobbers, Sorry Viv, Sorry Lara, Sorry Tendulkar, Sorry Ponting, Sorry Murali, Sorry Warne, Sorry Imran & Sorry all other 'exceptionally talented cricketers... u r out of race when it come of becoming the Greatest Cricketer and not Batsmen, Bowler or Fielder or even All rounder coz: Kallis is the GREATEST, a complete player, coz cricket is not only batting, bowling or fielding it's all and Kallis is Head and Shoulder above the rest in CRICKET! PERIOD.

  • on December 19, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Kallis didnt' run out of partners when he was on 189 not out, Pollock Declared. Which was probably not the best idea considering the game was heading towards a draw anyway... But ja, he should have been on 300 by the time he declared. So good to see him being more positive over the past couple of years. It helps that there are other batsmen in the team that perform consistently as well.

  • BellCurve on December 19, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Statistically, Kallis is without doubt the greatest Test cricketer of the modern era and second only to Bradman overall. Think about it: he averages more than Tendulkar with the bat, and less than Zaheer and Harbajan with the ball. He has taken more Test wickets than Zaheer, and if he continues scoring runs at his current rate, may very well end up overtaking Tendulkar in terms of total career runs. It's time for his critics to give up and acknowledge him.

  • Tsotsi on December 19, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    What are you fools talking about - Kallis not so elegant - Kallis has been described by many a critic as the batting textbook personified. Just because most Kallis fans don't loose their minds, worship him as a god and threaten any who remotely question his abilities does not mean that he is any less of a player. Why do some Indian fans buy into their own hype, it seems that as soon as someone utters something and it is seconded it becomes gospel truth? I am really glad that these fools are not the average Indian supporter, even if they are over represented in online forums!

  • Quazar on December 19, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved achievement by Kallis! A magnificent contributor to South African cricket... as was evident from the tremendous reaction from the crowd and his teammates.

  • on December 19, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    @kakalaka: I think you're the only person who believes what you said! Kallis is the best all round cricketer ever! Look at the record books!! They are not an opinion of someone they are the bare facts! Kallis is the leading run scorer in test cricket over the last 10 years?

  • chokkashokka on December 19, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    flat track bully - enough already about this old turkey plucking a feather from a feather bed of a wicket.

  • on December 19, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Kallis is all time best all-rounder... He is a class of his own..... The amazin part of his carrier is his fitness and humility..... Its a pain and pleasure to watch him against us... Right frm 1999 world cup match against us.... And the standin ovation given for him yester showed how much respect he has earned and he is truly genius...

  • jack_maxwell on December 19, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    @muski and righthandbat - hahaha. what are you dudes smoking? you clearly haven't watched kallis much. he's about as elegant as you get. "he's not the graceful of all batsmen" - that's possibly the most ridiculous thing i've ever heard. except perhaps to compare his lack of elegance to chanderpaul and border. honestly fellas. that's some pretty dumb stuff.

  • on December 19, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    New Hair style new kallis wow what a man!

  • cricPassion2009 on December 19, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Pleasantly surprised about the achievements of this unsung superstar. A worthy batsman right there, next to Tendulkar, Ponting, Dravid, Sehwag of the current greats.

    The surprise is owing to his longevity, and gradual growth as a batsman emerging out of an all-rounder that he once was. This is the exact route taken by former great Steve Waugh.

    Take a bow, King Kallis.

  • anup_lamichhane2003 on December 19, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    after the double ton frm kallis ,he proved himself as the greater cricketer.jacques kallis is the only batsman whom i could watch playing alone for 5 days.he is classic n dynamic .sachin is only player to be compared with kallis but no one else in this generation.he is great allrounder n more promising batsmen i had ever seen.still he could release ball in spped of 140 km/hr which is more than enough for any indian fast bowler.no player can play classic cover drive than kallis. although i am not southafrican i am very happy to see this moment .hope kallis had such ton even more in future n africa in 1st position.

  • Umamahesh_Srigiriraju on December 19, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Congratualtions to Kallis, easily the greatest cricketer after Sobers. He would have made us much happier if he didn't score this against us. None the less, I'm very happy for him. Joy to watch him. Well done Kallis!

  • muski on December 19, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    Kallis is the right hand version of Allan Border or Chanderpul- not the graceful of all bastmen. Hope it is the end results that matter and not the means. Kallis with this stupendous record both with the bat and ball in forms of International cricket will certainly put the theory to rest as to who is the greatest all all rounder this game has every seen Among the greats which this game has seen, except for Botham and Kapil to certain extent, Imran and Hadlee were more of bowling allrounders. Kallis has socred more than double the runs which any of these gentlemen has scored and also taken sufficient wickets to prove that he is undisputed number on. Gary Sobers may run him a distant second ( interms of figures) . Iam surprised how Daryll Cullinan comes in the list of greatest SA Batsmen. In the same token, Kambli will be in the list of one of the greatest Indian bastmen!!!!!

  • charlzy_33 on December 19, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    i remember the days when gillespie had a double ton and kallis didnt people talked about it! really well deserved! greatest all rounder ever? must be very close! GO THE AUSSIES!

  • righthandbat on December 19, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    People still seem to think that Kallis is not a great batsman because his technique is not as elegant as some. He has shown he can grind out runs (earlier in his career) and now later in his career he is capable of playing far more aggressively as his team is stronger. He is a very accomplished player in all regards and his numbers speak for themselves.

  • on December 19, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    @kakalaka: Your comment makes little sense. Saying that Kallis is not amongst the best allrounders because he is "not a wicket taker" is ludicrous. Does that mean Botham also falls short because he wasn't a "run-scorer" (average in the low 30s)? Your comment too that Kallis is power not timing shows a lack of appreciation for the game. Kallis is one of the most technically correct players around and has never resorted to bludgeoning a ball.

  • babarmalik on December 18, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    I don't understand the need of comparing Kallis with any batsman. I agree that along with Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards, he is the greatest South African batsman. He is also clearly the best, if not equal, after Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting in his generation. But we forget about one thing. He is a medium fast bowler as well. With the current schedule of hardcore cricket all year round, his achievements with bat and ball are a testament to his commitment, fitness and class. Throughout his career he's been called a selfish batsman but he had to play that way just to hold the middle order of his team together. With the emergence of de Villiers and Amla, he does not need to play the anchor role and if anyone has noticed he plays much more aggressively now. He always was an aggressive player but due to the nature of his team, he had to play defensively. The current middle order of South Africa is the best after their re-admission to cricket and Kallis' role has been immense.

  • cricket_for_all on December 18, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    No word to this man. Unlivable!!!.

  • alune on December 18, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    The best batsman in the world at the moment and the most useful cricketer ever! The only batsman of the current era who deserves the title of "Sir". Unfortunately, South Africa does not have that much strong media to advertise their hero like indians can do for their's...

  • kakalaka on December 18, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Kallis is a great cricketer. However when people say that he is one the best all rounders ever, that is pushing it a bit, because to be fair he is not a wicket taker. In the same sense Tendulkar has more than 150 wickets in ODIs, but he is not a wicket taker, hes got so many wickets due to his longetivity and same for Kallis.

    He is a Great batsmen, but will never be in the same class of Tendulkar, lara and Sehwag is because he lacks flair and flamboyancy. Then the next level under those three Of Dravid and Ponting, i would say Kallis is in that class, but not as great as them, as both ooze class and are simply goergous to watch in full flight, but none the less Kallis is a great batsmen and is very consistent, but hes more power than timing, where as Dravid and Ponting rely almost entirely on Timing.

    Its going to be fascinating battle between Dravid, Ponting and Kallis, in terms of seeing who will score the most runs out of them and who will end up closest to Tendulkar

  • Capie on December 18, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    "I think the South African captain declared way too early, there was no need for an early declaration."

    Surely it was sensible move? A massive lead, the threat of rain interruption over the next couple of days, a wicket which had become much easier to play... every reason to give the SA bowlers as much time as possible to dismiss the Indians. If by some miracle India passes the South African total, there should be enough time to knock off the hopefully few runs.

  • NoCountry_for_OldMan on December 18, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    Kallis and Imran Khan are not in the same league..Kallis is waaaaaaaay betttttter.

  • chriso10 on December 18, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    have to question India's claims to being the best cricket team in the world... this is a side that can only really win at home on tailor made pitches, but tend to lose their competitiveness on the road. you would have to think they have already passed their peak with the likes of tendulkar, laxman and dravid not too far from retirement

  • Nadeem1976 on December 18, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Finaly he is able to prove to himself and to whole world that he is best ever cricketer SA has ever produced. To me as a cricketer he is bigger player than Gary Sobers becuase of his allround abilities. Sobers only scored 8000 test runs. This run machine has more 22000 international runs and 500 international wickets.

    Cricket starts with Kallis and ends with Kallis , if a crickter wants to be a super hero then he can look in SA. They have Kallis, his alround abilities really makes him the great great legend.

  • David47 on December 18, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    I'm not a South African, or SA supporter, but in my view Kallis is the best cricketer of his generation. If you gave me a choice of any player playing today, I would choose Kallis every time for my test side. Well done JK.

  • on December 18, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Kallis has proved to be an ideal all rounder for the South Africans, it must be a special feeling getting a double ton at the end of his career. Well played, I think the South African captain declared way too early, there was no need for an early declaration.

  • on December 18, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Kallis played very well, that was an excellent knock, I hope he manages to score a triple ton , not against India though. I think no one has actually scored a triple ton against our attack, that's a credit to India for producing awes trucking bowlers over the years.

    Kallis is the best allrounder in the world, I hope Ravindra Jadeja learns something from him, Jadeja has the potential to be the next Kallis. Only difference is Jadeja might be a better bowler, in batting wise, both are of the same talent.

  • Doogius on December 18, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Stupendous cricketer, best AR in the world today by a country mile. Deserves may more doubles to come (hopefully all against the Indians :). But to think he's is a better AR than Sobers and better bat than Pollock (or Richards) is dreaming...

  • Puffin on December 18, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    You have to admire the consistent excellence. This is as much a crowning achievement as say Gooch's 333 in 1990, and like that you can't help but expect more. Maybe the triple is coming one day?

  • Capie on December 18, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    "It was the elephant in the room in discussions about whether he can be considered the all-time greatest of South African batsmen. Graeme Pollock, Daryll Cullinan and Gary Kirsten, three of the strongest candidates for that label..."

    With all due respect to Daryll Cullinan and Gary Kirsten, both outstanding batsmen, only Graeme Pollock is a rival contender to Jacques Kallis for the all-time greatest South African batsman. Cullinan and Kirsten's tally of test centuries fall far short of Kallis's. While Pollock had far fewer opportunities on the international stage, he is there alongside kallis because of the sheer brilliance of his batting.

  • MasterClass on December 18, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Following up on my previous post, I had intended to also mention that India missed a trick by not bowling outside off to a off-side packed field to stem the hemorrhaging (like they did against Aus) and make SA fetch the runs. It does not make for great viewing but I always believed that unlike previous Indian captains/coaches Dhoni/Kirsten were quit able to divorce emotions from the game and were not averse to play ugly cricket for tactical purposes.

  • doc9chakri on December 18, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Long Live King Kallis!! You are the greatest cricketer the universe has ever produced.

  • on December 18, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Kallis is unfortunate to have been playing in the same era as Tendulkar (and a while ago, Lara). Kallis is easily one of the best batsmen ever, and probably one of the top 3 all rounders (Sobers and Imran Khan would be the others keeping him company on this list - though Khan was a far, far more terrific bowler than batsman).

    However, his game isn't as smooth and natural and filled with flair as Tendulkar's or Lara's. Tendulkar pretty much cemented his place in the hearts of cricket lovers worldwide when he walked on to the pitch all of 16 years of age. Who wouldn't fall in love with a wide-eyed kid who had epic skills with the bat? Sachin's humility has, of course, also helped in this cause.

    Lara was perhaps a more natural strokemaker than Sachin. That backlift took many a breaths away. Kallis can't match up to the charisma of both these players, and neither can his contemporaries, Dravid, or VVS.

  • Rohan0309 on December 18, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    A splendid knock! Would've rejoiced a bit more had it not been against India :( . Back to cricket now! Wanna see SRT and VVS score big hundreds!

  • MasterClass on December 18, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Kallis is a great cricketer and probably the best all-rounder the game has ever seen. The Indians have been demoralized and pummeled. But as the fight-back in the 2nd innings shows, they are far from out. After the rain drenched, steam-cooked 1st day pitch (under heater covers to ostensibly keep it dry, but instead baking the moisture in), the Centurion track has turned flat as a road under the sun. The Indians were shell-shocked from a perfect-storm type combination of a treacherous pitch and a venomous attack (no doubt frustrated from their inability in the last several test series to generate victories). However, things are being put right as the blistering response proves. Once again rain is predicted overnight and India have a task ahead, but I have full confidence that we will bat-out most of day 4. Ind has had the worst of conditions in this match (no fault of SA) and so even a fighting loss can be a spirit lifter and bring vindication and confidence to fight another day.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on December 18, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    He's a true champion and well deserved knock. Can't help but feel Ind are still very much in it. They have an impressive line up and the rain is on the horizon.

  • cricology on December 18, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Congrats to Kallis for his double ton...arguably one of the finnest South African batsman...only disheartening was that he got it against India...and the pace at which he is making centuries/runs...it's matter of time when he'll surpass Dravid and Ponting to be 2nd all time run getter/centuries after Tendulkar...mention not his 250+ test wickets !!!

  • Ragav999 on December 18, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    An all time great achieves a great feat.

  • Rydham on December 18, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I am from India and a fan of Kallis. I think world cricket is still trying to hide this mamoth character from the lime light. According to me he is the most complete cricketer I have ever seen. Just look at his stats in both the forms of the game - Be it batting or bowling. Which other allrounder has such lucrative stats ?? And remember ... Allrounder is the toughest job of this game !! Teams are dying to get this role in this game.

  • argylep on December 18, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Even before this series and milestone Kallis was/is easily the best ever South African batsman but his DH in this match to go with the other 37 he's scored, his test bowling, ODI stats in both disciplines and Trott Sangakkara apart; they almost certainly won't maintain their respective averages but Kallis HAS consistently averaged over 50 for the last six years - and he currently has the best one of ANY batsman playing test match cricket. He is also the only batsman to cumulatively average 50 or more across the recognised three international formats (including T/20s the supposedly weaker part of his game and yet - STILL - he is not routinely mentioned with all the other modern era greats!! He is already statistically the finest all rounder the game has ever seen and by the time he retires he has to go down as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Sometimes I wonder what game(s) of cricket others watch!!!

  • on December 18, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    The most complete cricketer of all time. I guess only Sobers could possibly come close to matching his exploits...

  • on December 18, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    J. Kallis is complete cricketer ever produced. He is better than even Sachin.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 18, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Well played Jacques !! you deserve it. Great players need such milestones. The only issue is you got it against a poor Indian bowling attack. Any decent batsman would have scored runs against this type of bowling. Anyway congratulations and hope you continue to score more runs this series. I sincerely wish the Royal Challengers Bangalore acquire your services in the forthcoming IPL.

  • on December 18, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    congratulation kallis,you are top on my list of most valuable cricketer ever,you are unbelievable.

  • SurlyCynic on December 18, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Well deserved, too much has been made of this 'failure' to convert 150s to 200s. What people forget is that double and triple hundreds are a function of stamina, and most of the batsmen on the list did not bowl at all. Kallis has over 300 wickets and has bowled many, many overs - at 90mph in his prime. He is still bowling a lot of overs in his mid 30s, and one can't help thinking he would have reached 200 more often if he wasn't an allrounder. One of the great cricketers.

  • on December 18, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Congratulations Mr Kallis You made us very proud. :D

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  • on December 18, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Congratulations Mr Kallis You made us very proud. :D

  • SurlyCynic on December 18, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Well deserved, too much has been made of this 'failure' to convert 150s to 200s. What people forget is that double and triple hundreds are a function of stamina, and most of the batsmen on the list did not bowl at all. Kallis has over 300 wickets and has bowled many, many overs - at 90mph in his prime. He is still bowling a lot of overs in his mid 30s, and one can't help thinking he would have reached 200 more often if he wasn't an allrounder. One of the great cricketers.

  • on December 18, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    congratulation kallis,you are top on my list of most valuable cricketer ever,you are unbelievable.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 18, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Well played Jacques !! you deserve it. Great players need such milestones. The only issue is you got it against a poor Indian bowling attack. Any decent batsman would have scored runs against this type of bowling. Anyway congratulations and hope you continue to score more runs this series. I sincerely wish the Royal Challengers Bangalore acquire your services in the forthcoming IPL.

  • on December 18, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    J. Kallis is complete cricketer ever produced. He is better than even Sachin.

  • on December 18, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    The most complete cricketer of all time. I guess only Sobers could possibly come close to matching his exploits...

  • argylep on December 18, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Even before this series and milestone Kallis was/is easily the best ever South African batsman but his DH in this match to go with the other 37 he's scored, his test bowling, ODI stats in both disciplines and Trott Sangakkara apart; they almost certainly won't maintain their respective averages but Kallis HAS consistently averaged over 50 for the last six years - and he currently has the best one of ANY batsman playing test match cricket. He is also the only batsman to cumulatively average 50 or more across the recognised three international formats (including T/20s the supposedly weaker part of his game and yet - STILL - he is not routinely mentioned with all the other modern era greats!! He is already statistically the finest all rounder the game has ever seen and by the time he retires he has to go down as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Sometimes I wonder what game(s) of cricket others watch!!!

  • Rydham on December 18, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I am from India and a fan of Kallis. I think world cricket is still trying to hide this mamoth character from the lime light. According to me he is the most complete cricketer I have ever seen. Just look at his stats in both the forms of the game - Be it batting or bowling. Which other allrounder has such lucrative stats ?? And remember ... Allrounder is the toughest job of this game !! Teams are dying to get this role in this game.

  • Ragav999 on December 18, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    An all time great achieves a great feat.

  • cricology on December 18, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Congrats to Kallis for his double ton...arguably one of the finnest South African batsman...only disheartening was that he got it against India...and the pace at which he is making centuries/runs...it's matter of time when he'll surpass Dravid and Ponting to be 2nd all time run getter/centuries after Tendulkar...mention not his 250+ test wickets !!!