South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 1st day January 2, 2011

Steely Kallis weathers the storm

For the third straight time this series, he walked in with South Africa in a bit of trouble. Twice he couldn't rescue them in Durban; he ensured he made up at Newlands
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There are many traditional things to enjoy in Cape Town around New Year. There's the world renowned wine, the mountain and the meeting of the two oceans. There's also the minstrels, who march through the city centre, and celebrate the coming of another year on every 2nd of January in a carnival that has been part of life here since the days of the Malay slaves. If you were at Newlands Cricket Stadium, there was another classic on display: Vintage Kallis.

It was the Kallis who, if he had lived in a medieval age, would have been Lancelot, winning battles for his King on command. It's the Kallis who relishes riding to the rescue, who is in no rush to do so and who goes on to do it with such grace and calm that it appears to happen as matter of instinct. It's the Kallis who, at the tender age of 22, showed the mental strength to hold Shane Warne at bay when he was playing in his just his seventh Test.

The situation may not have been as dire this time, and Kallis has played 138 more Tests, but the mind is still as fresh, as supple and as clearly rooted as it was then. Kallis walked to the crease with the score on 34 for 2, but it wasn't the score itself that would have worried him, it was the way South Africa got there. They were rattled. That much was evident when Graeme Smith, usually the picture of confidence, was plucked by his nemesis Zaheer Khan. Alviro Petersen was gone shortly after playing one of the shots he is best at, a drive, but like his previous three innings, he made a start and could not continue.

Cloud was lowering itself like a veil over the field, moisture was in the air, the wicket was green and the Indian bowlers had smelt blood. It was a tad more precarious a situation than one Kallis faced when he walked out to bat at 46 for 2 in the first innings in Durban and a lot more than when he arrived at 82 or 2 in the second. Batting was also tough then but Kallis was not able to rescue the team on either occasion.

In a stroke of misfortune, he was run out at the non-strikers end in the first innings and got out trying to fend a ball that rose on him in the second. In both instances, there wasn't too much he could do to avoid a dismissal. It was a massive anti-climax after registering his maiden double-hundred in Centurion and although there is never pressure on Kallis to perform for his place, there was pressure on him to perform for the team.

He brought stability to an innings that could have fallen apart because of the bowler-friendly conditions. He watched while Hashim Amla swung momentum in South Africa's favour with a pacy 59 off 80 balls. While Amla was feeding off some of the hit-me deliveries that were being bowled at him, Kallis was holding up his end, taking the odd single here and there, but mostly, leaving the ball well. It wasn't his shot making that has defined this innings so far, it was how well he left. Amla admitted to being in awe. "He showed his class today on a testing wicket. There were always going to be plays and misses but his technique was extremely sound. I was marvelling at it. His temperament is superb so he kept the innings together," Amla said.

Kallis shared three half-century partnerships, one of which will resume Monday morning. In his 321 minutes at the crease, he had only two clear-cut moments of anxiety. They both came in one over from Sreesanth. First, Kallis got an edge that went past second slip and would not have carried anyway but it must have unnerved him. Four balls later there was an lbw appeal that Hawkeye replays showed would have found him out.

After that, he was a wall. He combined well with Ashwell Prince later in the day, taking few risks but adding runs at a reasonable pace. If South Africa are to post a strong total, what Kallis does on day two will be crucial to their efforts. "Jacques's been the key to our team for the last 15 years," Amla said, an indication of how important he is in the context of the team as a whole.

Luckily for South Africa, Kallis is playing on a ground he adores and that adores him back. He scored two centuries in two Tests at Newlands prior to this match. Scoring back-to-back hundreds at his home ground is becoming something of a tradition for Kallis. He did in 1999 and 2000 and again in 2004 and 2005. He has not yet scored three, successive centuries in Cape Town, but on 81 not out, he looks well set to add a little twist to the tale of his great knocks at Newlands.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • BellCurve on January 3, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @ Dr.K.H.Iyer - Your comments are laughable. Not only do you not understand cricket, you also do not understand politics and history. The Cricinfo XI was picked by mostly English, Indian and Australian journalists and ex-players. As could be expected they showed a strong bias for players of their own countries and own eras. As for the Bradman XI - well, the great man died on the 25th of February 2001 and stopped following cricket well before that. He therefore missed more than 80% of Kallis' career.

  • cooljack_143 on January 3, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    NO DOUBT Kallis is the man of the match, he has paced his innings so well that India will have to work a lot, lot harder to come back.Though I was supporting team India initially, now I feel momentum is with SA.The way Indian batsmen fared was simply funny to watch.Those chances given from tsotsobe, though were left in the field by SA fielders, SA still has momentum.From the way we see Indian batsman struggling,and MS Dhoni field placements, I can only see SA to win this test or a draw as a result.GL both teams.Hats off to Kallis you are the man, the match turner on whom team can rely on,just the way Laxman is for India.SRT is a legend of cricket.

  • klobania on January 3, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    i think kallis is the best player in atleast test cricket. no one even sachin is closed to him. kallis has always played as n when needed unlike sachin who most of time only takes care of records n avgs (for eg: sachin's first test day 5 efforts n today's kallis efforts). i m surprised abt umpires decision today sachin was plumb lbw but thanks to umpire for turning out that appeal. after 2nd test n today now things r getting clear why india is against udrs?????

  • WC2011Champs on January 3, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Haven't watched the game but Indian bowlers have to go back to method that worked against Kallis - bounce him out. Kallis is very very vulnerable to bouncers.

  • kalyanbk on January 3, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Kallis is really one of the all time great allrounders and has achieved what he set out to do. Almost as many runs as Rahull Dravid, as many centuries as Ricky Ponting, more wickets than Sir Gary Sobers and as many catches as Mark Taylor. This one man has done all this combined and set the bar for who can really be called an allrounder. In today's world of bits and pieces cricketers he is a true colossus.

  • Champ2000 on January 3, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    good luck kallis.. So tendulkar comparison again.. Here is what I think he is greater batsman because is is good in all forms comapred too all competetion. KAllis is better complete test player as he is good bowler too.

  • on January 3, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Dravid's meek performances on this tour stand out in direct comparison to Kallis' towering ones. India is now winning not because of a great no 3, but inspite of an insipid, listless, fightless no 3. Despite what Harsha has got to say about Dravid, the fact is that Dravid has now lost the mental will and steel to guts it out and triumph come what may. That he is not out of the team is only a reflection of the poor depth of no 3 talents in domestic cricket, and not because of anything great tha Dravid is doing.

    Kallis, though, like our own Little Champ, has modified his game to suit his team's current needs - a hallmark of a true, dedicated, and worthy servant of the game.

  • Dr.K.H.Iyer on January 3, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    To all those who dont understand Cricket well................. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> @ Point4: What is your point other than erroneous facts and poor analysis? Only two players have more than 20 MoM awards in tests: Muralidaran & Kallis? Does that make him better than Sachin? No! Please read the analysis by Universal Cricketer! @ Universal Cricketer: Agree for the most part! But Don remains in a class of his own! Sachin No.2 and Sobers No. 3! The Rest are a Class below these(including Lara and Richards)!>>>>>> @albstp : Yeah! Sachin cannot take as many wickets but Kallis ca not score such Runs and get real RESPECT from bowlers! McGrath, Donald, Warne all thought that Sachin was the greatest! Kallis doesn't reflect anywhere in the list as No.3 on the post Cold War era is Ponting! Kallis didnt make Bradman's XI, Benaud's XI or Cricinfo's XI! So those who have played the game and understand it better show it all! Sachin is greater than any batsman since Don............!!

  • Phaddetattee on January 3, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    I am a big fan of Jacques kallis and as well as sachin , Sachin is no doubt a great batsman and good Personal , I LOVE HIM AND SO does every guy who likes him and hates him , They hates him cos what he hasnt achieved for their expectations. but As a player i would rate Jacques kallis superior than Sachin , considering the fact he is a bowler as well as batsman, he is involved in both the aspects of game , batting and bowling and looking at kallis stats , he has 39 centuries in 15 yrs of cricket , considering Sachin have nearly 6 years on him or any of his rivals ponting , dravid. Give those 6 years to talwent like kallis and ponting and see where they will land. i consider Sachin as great cos it takes a lot for what he has achieved but cricket is more than sachin and Kaliis will go one of the most unsung heroes in the field of cricket. i think he is greated after sir sobers and great as a batsman, kallis have been backbone of SA helps wen they need him the most , Cheers Kallis

  • indianpunter on January 3, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Generations to come will scarcely believe that someone like Kallis once trudged the cricket fields of the world. whaddaplaya...Nearly 12000 runs, 275 wickets and 150+ catches. Super stuff befitting superman. It is a travesty that he is not always bracketed with Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting. Hats off to you, mate. You are sheer class.

  • BellCurve on January 3, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @ Dr.K.H.Iyer - Your comments are laughable. Not only do you not understand cricket, you also do not understand politics and history. The Cricinfo XI was picked by mostly English, Indian and Australian journalists and ex-players. As could be expected they showed a strong bias for players of their own countries and own eras. As for the Bradman XI - well, the great man died on the 25th of February 2001 and stopped following cricket well before that. He therefore missed more than 80% of Kallis' career.

  • cooljack_143 on January 3, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    NO DOUBT Kallis is the man of the match, he has paced his innings so well that India will have to work a lot, lot harder to come back.Though I was supporting team India initially, now I feel momentum is with SA.The way Indian batsmen fared was simply funny to watch.Those chances given from tsotsobe, though were left in the field by SA fielders, SA still has momentum.From the way we see Indian batsman struggling,and MS Dhoni field placements, I can only see SA to win this test or a draw as a result.GL both teams.Hats off to Kallis you are the man, the match turner on whom team can rely on,just the way Laxman is for India.SRT is a legend of cricket.

  • klobania on January 3, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    i think kallis is the best player in atleast test cricket. no one even sachin is closed to him. kallis has always played as n when needed unlike sachin who most of time only takes care of records n avgs (for eg: sachin's first test day 5 efforts n today's kallis efforts). i m surprised abt umpires decision today sachin was plumb lbw but thanks to umpire for turning out that appeal. after 2nd test n today now things r getting clear why india is against udrs?????

  • WC2011Champs on January 3, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Haven't watched the game but Indian bowlers have to go back to method that worked against Kallis - bounce him out. Kallis is very very vulnerable to bouncers.

  • kalyanbk on January 3, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Kallis is really one of the all time great allrounders and has achieved what he set out to do. Almost as many runs as Rahull Dravid, as many centuries as Ricky Ponting, more wickets than Sir Gary Sobers and as many catches as Mark Taylor. This one man has done all this combined and set the bar for who can really be called an allrounder. In today's world of bits and pieces cricketers he is a true colossus.

  • Champ2000 on January 3, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    good luck kallis.. So tendulkar comparison again.. Here is what I think he is greater batsman because is is good in all forms comapred too all competetion. KAllis is better complete test player as he is good bowler too.

  • on January 3, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Dravid's meek performances on this tour stand out in direct comparison to Kallis' towering ones. India is now winning not because of a great no 3, but inspite of an insipid, listless, fightless no 3. Despite what Harsha has got to say about Dravid, the fact is that Dravid has now lost the mental will and steel to guts it out and triumph come what may. That he is not out of the team is only a reflection of the poor depth of no 3 talents in domestic cricket, and not because of anything great tha Dravid is doing.

    Kallis, though, like our own Little Champ, has modified his game to suit his team's current needs - a hallmark of a true, dedicated, and worthy servant of the game.

  • Dr.K.H.Iyer on January 3, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    To all those who dont understand Cricket well................. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> @ Point4: What is your point other than erroneous facts and poor analysis? Only two players have more than 20 MoM awards in tests: Muralidaran & Kallis? Does that make him better than Sachin? No! Please read the analysis by Universal Cricketer! @ Universal Cricketer: Agree for the most part! But Don remains in a class of his own! Sachin No.2 and Sobers No. 3! The Rest are a Class below these(including Lara and Richards)!>>>>>> @albstp : Yeah! Sachin cannot take as many wickets but Kallis ca not score such Runs and get real RESPECT from bowlers! McGrath, Donald, Warne all thought that Sachin was the greatest! Kallis doesn't reflect anywhere in the list as No.3 on the post Cold War era is Ponting! Kallis didnt make Bradman's XI, Benaud's XI or Cricinfo's XI! So those who have played the game and understand it better show it all! Sachin is greater than any batsman since Don............!!

  • Phaddetattee on January 3, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    I am a big fan of Jacques kallis and as well as sachin , Sachin is no doubt a great batsman and good Personal , I LOVE HIM AND SO does every guy who likes him and hates him , They hates him cos what he hasnt achieved for their expectations. but As a player i would rate Jacques kallis superior than Sachin , considering the fact he is a bowler as well as batsman, he is involved in both the aspects of game , batting and bowling and looking at kallis stats , he has 39 centuries in 15 yrs of cricket , considering Sachin have nearly 6 years on him or any of his rivals ponting , dravid. Give those 6 years to talwent like kallis and ponting and see where they will land. i consider Sachin as great cos it takes a lot for what he has achieved but cricket is more than sachin and Kaliis will go one of the most unsung heroes in the field of cricket. i think he is greated after sir sobers and great as a batsman, kallis have been backbone of SA helps wen they need him the most , Cheers Kallis

  • indianpunter on January 3, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Generations to come will scarcely believe that someone like Kallis once trudged the cricket fields of the world. whaddaplaya...Nearly 12000 runs, 275 wickets and 150+ catches. Super stuff befitting superman. It is a travesty that he is not always bracketed with Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting. Hats off to you, mate. You are sheer class.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 3, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Kallis lacks 2 things; just like Tendulkar these days he doesn't really excite. And under fiercely fought conditions and quality bowling he would not go that far. However once settled he is the most difficult player to dislodge.

  • I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on January 3, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    south africa are 362 mmmmmmm .excellent comeback by SA after early wickets on day 2 but India have to build one or two big partnerships to comeback pretty well and strongly...It makes SA lose confidence mentally and look for draw and Indian bowlers wanna bowl brilliantly to claim SA wickets ...First India should bat well on this batsmen-friendly pitch come on INDIA

  • INDIA_THE_BEST_END_OF_DISCUSSION on January 3, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    I dont think that kallis century will be a match winning one.

  • on January 3, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    In the current era Sachin is the best, but after Don Bradman, I would say Viv Richards was the best.Sachin himself idolizes him. And as for Kallis he is the best allrounder after Gary Sobers.The way in which he got his runs may not have been as pleasing to watch as VVS Laxman or Mohammed Azharuddin etc but he had put great effort into every run and protected the tailenders beautifully.A complete team man.Don't know what SA would do without him.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 3, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Now it is confirmed; Sehwag is not a great batsman.

  • on January 3, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    There it goes. Kallis better than Sachin debate now. I've heard all sorts, comparing Sachin with so many players. Sachin's just awesome, so is Kallis. Just leave it at that.

  • s0ldier on January 3, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    It is so silly to see people jumping to compare players at the slightest of the chance and trying to degrade Tendulkar in front of every possible player. Grow up kids, there are many great players (Kallis, Lara, Gilchrist, Mahela, Inzamam, Dravid, VVS etc) in the world of cricket, but, Sachin remains the best batsman and you know that fact too, but just not willing to accept it for a multitude of reasons, be it nationality or whatever.

  • BellCurve on January 3, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    @amber_varma - That's possibly the dumbest thing I have ever read on one of these forums. You are clearly completely clueless.

  • on January 3, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    This might not be Kallis 50th century, but as usuall it'll be a match winning century. A century for his country not for his personal records.

  • Point4 on January 3, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Being an Indian i was always scared that Kallis would take the match away from us.His run out in 2nd test 1st innings was an immense relief.He like dravid and laxman is a real MATCH WINNER. (for the record he holds the maximun MOM awards in test matches i think 30/31 more than Sir Viv's 25.does any of Sachin disciples know this).now coming back to this match.Its just unfair for some people to blame Indian bowling..its just that Kallis is that sort of a player who changes the course of a game/series .Watch (unlike sachin whose greatness lies only in figures and not in results/victories)it was great bowling by ind seamers to reduce SA from 232/ 4 to 282/8 or even 310/9 but at times a Kallis or Laxman would just turn out to be un stoppable.now onus is on Ind batsmen to deliver on a pitch which has become batsmen friendly....Also 2 and 3 are the best days for batting here.Watch Sachin get out like a frightened kitten bcos this is a decidercome on The Wall and Laxman..one last time.

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on January 3, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Congratulation to Jacq Kallis for saving SA........He is definitely in top five of all-time all rounders.... .guided the tail very intelligently....& added 100 precious runs......I whole heartedly agree that Sachin failed to do so with India's tail enders, but doubting his intentions is wrong.......may be with UDRS Kallis would have been out early.....so the Indians are now at receiving end............. But SAfrcns are unnecessarily getting excited in comparing him with Sachin.....Sachin is comparable only with Don Bradman....both tied at 1st place & ionly two in their class.....rest are in separate group.......Kallis avgs. 45 in Australia, 29 !!! in England , 35 in Sri Lanka....he avgs. most on dead pitches of India & Pakistan..Sachin avgs. 58 !!! in Australia, 62 !!! in England , & above 40 in others....50 centuries.......Lara avgs. 42 in Australia & 33 in India......Ponting avgs. 26 !!!!!!! in India....41 in England..... Sachin & Don Bradman are incomparable.....

  • Elkapitano on January 3, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    A blog doesnt pass by without an Indian supporter giving our irrelevant statements or claims.. Why!? @ Dinesh ! The blog was King Kallis until your hijack claim ! For the UDRS thing, if you had UDRS.. this Kallis dismissal wont be much talked about cuz the series might have been 2-0 over by now

  • on January 3, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Old habits die hard. Once again India have not been able to wrap up the innings , like so many times in the past. Sreesanth bowled the best he's ever bowled and reduced SA from 262/4 to 283/8, but Kallis,oh I've run out of adjectives to describe him, single-handedly has turned the match on its head .It beats me why Dhoni set defensive fields when Harris came to bat. Harris and Tsotsobe got only two balls to face in an over on an average; and Kallis easily survived the rest.SA will win unless someone from India comes up with a similar innings.

  • rkb_1984 on January 3, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Please dont compare two legends - both had their share of frailties - guys who are going ga ga over Kallis should see the archive videos of how he used to be bamboozled by Warnie , the same Warne used to have nightmares when bowling to Sachin - therefore dont compare two very different brand of cricketers. Better compare Kallis with Sir Garfield Sobers since both of them were all rounders

  • Vindaliew on January 3, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    When a great (and he has been nothing less the past year) like Amla admits to being in awe of Kallis, it just shows what an innings it has been, and what a player Kallis is. Of course, nobody ever needed reminding, but we've been in such awe of Amla and to hear him say that (from the bottom of his heart rather than as some psychological political propaganda like Smith would be driven by) drives the point even further home.

  • albstp on January 3, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Only four players have achieved the treble of 2000 runs, 200 wickets and 100 catches in Tests. Kallis will have the most enviable record for any test player.

    Sachin can only dream of being Kallis...

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=player;qualmin1=2000;qualmin2=200;qualmin3=100;qualval1=runs;qualval2=wickets;qualval3=caught;template=results;type=allround

  • Amber_varma_tendulkar on January 3, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Few of you may suggest Kallis's batting average to prove that he is superior to sachin , but I would like you to look closer - If you do not consider the not outs - Avg. of Kallis in ODI is 37 , Sachin's - 41 , In tests , Avg Of Kallis - 47, Sachins 51. Kallis could be the greatest all-rounder(current scenario) , but Tendulkar is the greatest batsman ever.

  • on January 3, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Kallis > Tendulkar && ponting thats it

  • cricketisagame on January 3, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Sachin should be ashamed himself to be called a great when compared with Kallis. He should look back the way he batted with tail on the first test and compared with Kallis who manueverd the tail wonderfully. Sachin always played for his records and he wanted to be not out to keep his second innings average high.

  • on January 3, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    king kallis is far far better than sachin tendulkar...

  • RDLikesCricket on January 3, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Kallis... my man... u r nothing short of a super man. Good technique, extremely patient and a big apetite for runs, very useful bowler.. a total cricketer. Batsmen the world around have to admire this man's talent and learn from him. I hope Dravid learns a thing or two from this RCB teammate about batting. Good show Jacques. Apart from Sachin and maybe Ponting, the cricketing world also has another genuinely great batsman in Kallis. Good luck...

  • Pablo123 on January 3, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Nice to see good comments about the King ! I for one, have always admired him and credit him whenever I can as he fully deserves be be recognised as the greatest cricketer ever.

    He is the one chap I love to watch bat, along with Sachin, AB De Villiers, Raul Dravid & Brian Lara. Not many other batsmen come close in class - and that is just his batting. He is the ultimate cricketer: Articulate, Humble, Impenetrable, Bold, Astute & just pure CLASS!

  • DINESHCC on January 3, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUDDDDDDDDDDDDDRRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSS: In the last test everybody jumped from Centurian to Durban that had UDRS available, SA could have won the test and Devilliers and out of form Boucher would take SA to victory. Now what happened? Kallis was given not out? Had Kallis given OUT, the innings of SA would have been over on day 1 itself. Even in the 2nd test itself Prince was given not out. The ultimate sufferer is INDIA only on the issue of UDRS.

  • HostileJ on January 3, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    I'm glad to see so many supporters of other countries complimenting Kallis.In the shadow of tendulkar,lara,ponting,dravid etc he has quietly progressed to probably the most consistent (along with SRT) batsman of the modern game.Allround I dont think u can compare anyone to him.Not sobers,and certainly not botham.This guy have perfected the art of allround cricket and any young kid should look at how Kallis does it.He adapts to all forms of the game,he has perfected literally every shot in the book,he doesnt drop anything,he has emense bowling skills and is still at his age a very very good fielder.SA will find it tough to replace him when he retires.not on all disciplines at least.I reckon Amla will become the new Kallis with possibly Ryan McLaren doing the allrounder's role down the order.When Boucher retires AB must keep and then we will have space for JP Duminy and Colin Ingram.Back to the point:hail king kallis.Hope he plays till he is 40+ and make 60 centuries..he is that good!

  • on January 3, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Kallis is a class act...give hime th tough conditions & he will come out winner more often than not...truly a champion batsman.. better than Sachin or Sehwag on testing wickets anywhere in the world ...

  • taufque_atique on January 3, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    he deserves to mentioned with the likes of sobers, & albeit imran & botham(he's better than the latter two undoubtedly)..its a shame he's underrated worldwide....

  • Elkapitano on January 3, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Agree with Shadlee, worth isnt appreciated till the gem is lost ! I am biased when it comes to Imran Khan as a cricketer and the only person who cud take his place was Sobers... but yes Kallis is right up there Imran was a bowling all rounder and Kallis is a batting all rounder, the only reason i would have Imran is to make use of his venom while bowling on dead pitches i dont even know why i'm writing this, maybe just to acknowledge that we are privileged to live and see Jacque Kallis perform

  • Quazar on January 3, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    I hope SA fans will appreciate that absence of UDRS can affect either team over a series. Kallis should have been out lbw to Sreesanth (more than 50% of the ball was hitting the top of leg)...but wasn't. Anyway, fine innings by Kallis once again...looked really solid.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on January 3, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    I am absolutely in awe of Kallis. That man personifies cricket. No other man singlehandedly has shown so much ability in all departments of cricket. He in my opinion is the greatest allrounder of all times. ranking much higher than likes of Sobers, Imran, Botham and all others.

  • VipulPatki on January 3, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    I hope Indian team gets out Kallis early....I really enjoy his batting but not when he is playing against India! Situation could have been a lot different had he got out yesterday...

  • on January 3, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    A beautiful article showing knowledge of both Cape Town and of cricket.

    India's refusal to allow technology and referrals may as yet cost them this test - Kallis' dismissal would've been disasterous. However, it would have affected the previous test too, so maybe it evens out. The ICC needs to get UDRS right - predictions have no place in it, the umpires should simply have slow-downs and enlargements - and make it mandatory. Cricket umpiring stays in the twentieth century, to its detriment, until they do.

  • the_blue_android on January 3, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    India is going to pay dearly for not having UDRS. They could have won the last test match with even with UDRS over turning AB's dismissal but India is going to lose this one as Kallis got away with an lbw.

  • JustOUT on January 3, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    After Sehwag gets out by Steyn in 1st innings, can Sid or Firdose write an article on Sehwag being Steyn's bunny or how Steyn is tormenting Sehwag.

  • Nadeem1976 on January 3, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Kallis is class act. A perfect text book classic old fashion master batsman. His determination is excellent and his temrament is wonderfull in test cricket.

    I think along with Sachin Tendulkar , he is the most technicaly correct batsman with every short in hands.

    Salute to great Kallis for being a near to perfect cricketer for new generations. People used to take example of Sobers, Imran Khan (leadership++) for being complete cricketers , i think this generation is watching the most perfect cricketer ever put his feet on cricket ground. He is great fielder, great great batsman and great bowler. Humble, Gentleman. What else we need a cricketer to be. Salute to Kallis of being that great. Too good to imagin. If it was me, i would like to become a cricketer like either Wasim Akram, Sachin Tendulkar or Kallis. there are too good to be crickters. Marveles. These cricketers are bigger than the game of cricket. Ultimate genius.

  • on January 3, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    I sincerely believe we will only be able to appreciate Jacques' greatness when he retires. Not to offend anyone, but I find it incredible that he never merits a mention along with the likes of Sobers, or even with the great 80s allrounders like Imran Khan, Botham et all. The man has 20,000 international runs, 500 international wickets and what is it, 200 catches at slip? Those statistics are to die for. Perhaps when he calls it quits will we truly appreciate what we were privileged to witness from this man for the last 15 odd years...

  • on January 2, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Great innings by a great batsman. He may not score quickly but he holds the South African innings together. He was unlucky in the 2nd test to get out the way he did, but India deserved some luck after losing so many tosses. It was surprising that he didn't feature more prominently in the all time world XI debate - he may not be as great a batsman as Tendulkar and he may not be as great a bowler as ZAK (for some), but stats-wise he is better than both of them put together, as he has the same average as Tendulkar and better bowling average than ZAK in both ODIs and Tests.

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  • on January 2, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Great innings by a great batsman. He may not score quickly but he holds the South African innings together. He was unlucky in the 2nd test to get out the way he did, but India deserved some luck after losing so many tosses. It was surprising that he didn't feature more prominently in the all time world XI debate - he may not be as great a batsman as Tendulkar and he may not be as great a bowler as ZAK (for some), but stats-wise he is better than both of them put together, as he has the same average as Tendulkar and better bowling average than ZAK in both ODIs and Tests.

  • on January 3, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    I sincerely believe we will only be able to appreciate Jacques' greatness when he retires. Not to offend anyone, but I find it incredible that he never merits a mention along with the likes of Sobers, or even with the great 80s allrounders like Imran Khan, Botham et all. The man has 20,000 international runs, 500 international wickets and what is it, 200 catches at slip? Those statistics are to die for. Perhaps when he calls it quits will we truly appreciate what we were privileged to witness from this man for the last 15 odd years...

  • Nadeem1976 on January 3, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Kallis is class act. A perfect text book classic old fashion master batsman. His determination is excellent and his temrament is wonderfull in test cricket.

    I think along with Sachin Tendulkar , he is the most technicaly correct batsman with every short in hands.

    Salute to great Kallis for being a near to perfect cricketer for new generations. People used to take example of Sobers, Imran Khan (leadership++) for being complete cricketers , i think this generation is watching the most perfect cricketer ever put his feet on cricket ground. He is great fielder, great great batsman and great bowler. Humble, Gentleman. What else we need a cricketer to be. Salute to Kallis of being that great. Too good to imagin. If it was me, i would like to become a cricketer like either Wasim Akram, Sachin Tendulkar or Kallis. there are too good to be crickters. Marveles. These cricketers are bigger than the game of cricket. Ultimate genius.

  • JustOUT on January 3, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    After Sehwag gets out by Steyn in 1st innings, can Sid or Firdose write an article on Sehwag being Steyn's bunny or how Steyn is tormenting Sehwag.

  • the_blue_android on January 3, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    India is going to pay dearly for not having UDRS. They could have won the last test match with even with UDRS over turning AB's dismissal but India is going to lose this one as Kallis got away with an lbw.

  • on January 3, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    A beautiful article showing knowledge of both Cape Town and of cricket.

    India's refusal to allow technology and referrals may as yet cost them this test - Kallis' dismissal would've been disasterous. However, it would have affected the previous test too, so maybe it evens out. The ICC needs to get UDRS right - predictions have no place in it, the umpires should simply have slow-downs and enlargements - and make it mandatory. Cricket umpiring stays in the twentieth century, to its detriment, until they do.

  • VipulPatki on January 3, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    I hope Indian team gets out Kallis early....I really enjoy his batting but not when he is playing against India! Situation could have been a lot different had he got out yesterday...

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on January 3, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    I am absolutely in awe of Kallis. That man personifies cricket. No other man singlehandedly has shown so much ability in all departments of cricket. He in my opinion is the greatest allrounder of all times. ranking much higher than likes of Sobers, Imran, Botham and all others.

  • Quazar on January 3, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    I hope SA fans will appreciate that absence of UDRS can affect either team over a series. Kallis should have been out lbw to Sreesanth (more than 50% of the ball was hitting the top of leg)...but wasn't. Anyway, fine innings by Kallis once again...looked really solid.

  • Elkapitano on January 3, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Agree with Shadlee, worth isnt appreciated till the gem is lost ! I am biased when it comes to Imran Khan as a cricketer and the only person who cud take his place was Sobers... but yes Kallis is right up there Imran was a bowling all rounder and Kallis is a batting all rounder, the only reason i would have Imran is to make use of his venom while bowling on dead pitches i dont even know why i'm writing this, maybe just to acknowledge that we are privileged to live and see Jacque Kallis perform