South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Injured Kallis to bat only if necessary

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January 3, 2011

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Jacques Kallis plays one of his many pull shots through a packed leg-side field, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day, January 3, 2011
Despite being in pain, Jacques Kallis batted smartly with the tail to swell South Africa's score © Associated Press
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Jacques Kallis' participation in the remainder of the Cape Town Test is likely to be restricted to batting in the second innings, if absolutely necessary. Kallis, who will "probably" miss the first two one-dayers following the Test series, was struck on the right side of his chest during his crucial 161, and batted with pain before he was the last man out. He did not take the field during India's innings, and will continue to sit out when India are at the crease in this match.

"Kallis has been diagnosed with a contusion to the right rib area and accompanying muscle strain," Mohammed Moosajee, manager of the South Africa team and a doctor by practice, said. "The recovery time is two weeks, it can be slightly less or more than that. He will probably miss the first two one-dayers. He will definitely bat if he needs to in the second innings, but will not take the field."

South Africa missed Kallis' seamers in the evening session, when Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar resisted their attack with a dogged partnership that left the match evenly poised. Earlier, Kallis' heroics put South Africa on top, as he batted on with the tail, despite being severely hampered by the injury which often left him clutching his side in pain.

"It was a little bit sore throughout the innings but you've just got to get on with the job," Kallis said after the day's play. "Most games you play, there is a little niggle and it was just another niggle. Hopefully it doesn't keep me out of the game for too long. While facing the ball, you forget the pain. Once you hit the ball your body reminds you that you are a bit sore."

Since it is deemed an external injury, Kallis will be allowed to bat at his normal position, if he chooses to in the second innings. India currently trail South Africa with 220 runs, with eight first-innings wickets in hand, leaving the game in the balance going into the third day.

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Posted by WhipSy on (January 4, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

To all those, who in their infinite wisdom, claimed that Sachin does not play well with tail-enders, does not 'shield' them a la Kallis: it's humble pie time again! Check out how Sachin shielded Bhajji from Steyn when he was on fire right after lunch. And let's not forget the quality of bowling Sachin battled through today...Kallis had it easier by comparison (though not very easy because Sree & Zak bowled well too, but not as well as Steyn)... that should put to rest silly comparisons between Sachin & Kallis- they are both excellent cricketers and great ambassadors of the sport.

Posted by sportz247 on (January 4, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

continues so again india is going to make a tough win in last game as if they won on the own standards. and media is going to keep them on the top of world. it seems nows a days team india just marketing the cricket. Is cricket can be sell in indian markets? and the final say indian team developing as old aussies team who are very much arrogant and try win in every possible way. i want my very genuine playing team back.

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (January 4, 2011, 17:58 GMT)

Amending my previous comment. India WILL win. Harbhajan has given a psychological edge by knocking out 2 wickets. India has the momentum and are going to rock SA batting tomorrow. SA team is likely to choke, unfortunately - as they're not as strong in second innings batting. Watch out for Sehwag and Dravid, the two men who have had average series so far and the usual guys Sachin, VVSL.

Posted by JustOUT on (January 4, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

What a day of Test cricket. This is Test cricket at the best. If anyone wanna watch a exciting test cricket just watch SA matches in SA. Last year it was SA vs Eng and this year it is SA vs Ind. I dont think any other place in this world will produce such an superb test cricket that displays the extreme talent of the TOP batsman and TOP bowler. Sachin is already proved what he is in batting, but watch this guy Steyn. I think today spell is THE TOUGHEST bowling Sachin has ever faced. Hats off Steyn and Hats off Sachin for facing him.

Posted by rohanblue on (January 4, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

its time to bring back yuvi in test team...

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

There is a difference between a Bowler sitting out and a Batsman sitting out.Bowler needs comparatively more energy and stamina in comparison to Batsman.Further the Batsman coming out of the field cannot follow any miraculous strategy after resuming play whereas the same can be expected from a Bowler who spends some time outside the ground and can accumulate strength and have a strategical discussion about the nature of bowling and the field setting for a particular batsman.He can come and go off the field as often which cannot be expected from a Batsman. Last two days what will happen ? Day 4 will be one dayer of Indian Bowling Day 5 will be one dayer of Indian Batting It can be said vice versa and simultaneously also Day 4 will be one dayer of South African Batting Day 5 will be one dayer of South African Bowling

Posted by Dubby49 on (January 4, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

@shokat shah - If you saw the big healthy edge, you would have also seen that the ball didn't carry to Boucher. UDRS would have ruled in Sachin's favour.

Posted by MrCricketForEver on (January 4, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

@Shokat UDRS is as good as the camera angle/Software and a lot of other factors. It is no doubt an excellent technology, but would you bet your life on it? Also, no UDRS applies to BOTH teams and not just India. You get some decisions in your favour and some not. That is the beauty of test cricket. It gives you time to rebound if you are a good team. People may point to the match between India/Australia at Mohali in 2010 where Ojha was not given out and India won the match. Dont forget that Ishant was NOT out but given out. Its test cricket. Enjoy it.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

@ shokat shah: sachin indeed got an edge..but the ball bounced in front of boucher before he took it in the gloves.Watch the game properly.

Posted by Nampally on (January 4, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

What a farcical heading!. How can a batsman take complete rest from fielding by pretending he is not fit and say he will bat in the second innings. Is this gamesmanshio or what? How can a batsman add 80 runs with 2 tailenders and hit the ball for 4's and act as though he is injured? Dhoni should have not allowed a substitute in his place. The funny part is "if necessary".It sounds so pompous that the deni God Kallis will descend to pull SA out of trouble only if they get into it. I hope India take it as a challenge and get the first 2 wickets soon & then dismiss Kallis for a ZERO. Common India so some gumption and do the rightful. This test is heading for a draw but make sure some honour & dignity is restored and the media is silenced.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 4, 2011, 15:45 GMT)

Agree with Shokat Shah on (January 04 2011) regarding implementation of UDRS. However, it is not clear if SRT was out - the catch looked doubtful and in most cases such decisions go in favour of the batsmen even when UDRS is used. Kallis, on the other hand, was out LBW twice and UDRS would have helped India!

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (January 4, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

Looks like Kallis will have to bat !!! Maestro Sachin and gritty Gambhir have leveled the test. This fascinating test is heading for a draw. The two teams are brilliantly matched.

Posted by shoonyam on (January 4, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

@Shokat Shah: Kindly watch the "healthy edge that Sachin was out off" (as you put it) properly. Replays and post-match analysis clearly show that the ball landed short of Mark Boucher. Debate as far as that "dismissal" goes ended there. As for your persistent reference to UDRS kindly refer to an earlier comment directed at you in this regard.

Posted by crikkfan on (January 4, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

Shokat Shah what the heck are u talking about - the edge off sachins bat clearly bounced before the keeper caught it. UDRS would have validated the same - and the umpiring has been terrific so far.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

r u guys enjoying this pathetic game of cricket, because i am not, i am very upset and mad at icc for failing to make the UDRS necessary for every series. as a great fan of criket i strongly object to it, and after watching sachin getting out, big healthy edge, and poor smith can't dp anything about it. it not worth watching game anymore, if thats how its played. bad day for a true fan of Cricket.sorry to say i am very very dissapointed. good luck Cricket.

Posted by PACERONE on (January 4, 2011, 14:47 GMT)

I am puzzled by the decision to have Kallis bat ln his normal position after sitting out a complete inning. If a bowler is off for more than 15mins he is penallized. It seems to me that the batsmen of today get all the concessions and most of them cannot survive on wickets that helps the bowler.Not too many wickets around that do.SA would prepare wicket that help the bowlers because they thought India would be at a great disadvantage.The truth is their batsmen are vulnerable too.

Posted by vparisa on (January 4, 2011, 14:46 GMT)

After watching third days play, Are there any Sachin/Kallis bashers?? Both have done a great job, Both have scraped and fought hard.

Posted by vparisa on (January 4, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

@Timothy, if a fielder leaves the field for a period longer than 15 minutes, then he/she will not be allowed to bowl for the length of the time spent outside the field of play. Similarly, he/she cannot bat at assigned regular position (has to drop down the order or come in as the last specialist batsmen depending upon the time spent outside the field, not sure how they come to a conclusion on this :) ). The above rule will not apply if the injury is external(which is the case here) and occurred during the play. The rule will be void in to the new days play for the bowlers.

Others please correct me if i am wrong!!!

Posted by Fifthman on (January 4, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

Jacques Kallis would walk into any team in the world, and would probably be the first name on the team sheet. And this is an Englishman talking, not a Saffer. He is one of the most adhesive batsmen of the modern era and ranks alongside Dravid and Hussey in that respect. And his bowling is equally valued by SA. The day he retires is the day SA have a big neadache.

But as landl47 says, even Kallis has to give best to Gary Sobers. He was a superlative batsmen and fielder and could bowl spinners or fast seamers as the situation demanded. Sobers sits in a class of one.

Posted by shoonyam on (January 4, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

@Chandramohan Kannan. If you saw Kallis's knock (which I am sure you have), post 110 he was quite clearly in pain. The statement made by the South African management was a smart one vis-a-vis mind games. Suggesting quite clearly that they believed they were on top of the game. The condescension intended to ruffle some feathers in the Indian camp. And even otherwise, ahead of the world cup (6 weeks away) choosing to rest the best player of the team cannot be called a disastrous move. Note that they have kept open the option of playing.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

Don't get me wrong, I am a great of Kallis; so don't take this personally and start defending any individual cricketer... but does it make sense to be resting a player when he is fielding, with the premature understanding that he is going to bat if required... something seems amiss here, even if the case seems genuine and legit...

Posted by Praveen_p on (January 4, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

I find a lot of ppl who are agitated with the title of the article. The author has just stated a fact and he was in fact re iterating what the SA manager had stated and was referring to his statement. There is no need to have such a hue and cry over something as simple as this. Grow up fans and appreciate the sport.

Posted by gagguv on (January 4, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

@Talha Sami: Then why Sri Lanka and Pakistan who have played lot number of matches couldnt manage it?? The likes of Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Yousuf, Younis etc could have managed it easily then.. aint it??

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

i think Kallis is the most valuable cricketer in test cricket with his batting and bowling, in the ODI's it is Sanath Jayasuriya who have scored 13000+ runs at a hectic pace and can you believe he's got 322 ODI wickets.So when it comes to value for a team from a certain player Kallis is #1 in tests while Sanath is #1 in ODI's

Posted by SamySundaram on (January 4, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

Why do people believe.. what they think is always correct.... why they judge and compare one player to another by just one or two performance... In Cricket anyone can get out anyway.... There is no defined greatness... just watch Cricket.. get entertained and forget... People going out to play are best player opted by countries selector and people shouldn't just acknowledge only one or two players... Cricket is just team game and in any given days... anyone can turn game on merit... so hold your breath.... stop wasting time in such foolish comparison.. whoever is great definitely gets their share of accolade accordingly... no one will be worried for such waste of comparison.

Posted by gagguv on (January 4, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

@Talha Sami: Then why Sri Lanka and Pakistan who have played lot number of matches couldnt manage it?? The likes of Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Yousuf, Younis etc could have managed it easily then.. aint it??

Posted by doctorak47 on (January 4, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

@samar_singh- well playing the highest number of matches shows his match fitness and he has been playing international cricket for more than 20years now and still is considered one of the greatest to have ever played the game, he scored 200 against the very same bowling line up in an ODI, i know that u being a hater would prolly say it was on a subcontinent pitch but then if the pitch matters that much then how come no other player managed to score that figure in the last 40 years of ODI cricket

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

I think with current heavenly alignment kallis have to bat...

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

"Since it is deemed an external injury, Kallis will be allowed to bat at his normal position, if he chooses to in the second innings" Can anyone explain the terms and rules re injury in a game?

Posted by landl47 on (January 4, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

Just a very quick comment. I didn't see Bradman (I guess there aren't many people left who did), but I did see Sobers. Those of you who think Tendulkar is the best batsman who ever played didn't see Sobers. Tendulkar's a great player (he would be in my all-time world XI), but Sobers was the better batsman- and he bowled better, too.

Posted by zaheerfan on (January 4, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

@cricology..I totally agree with u .. Kallis is "Jacques of all trade" and Sachin is "Master blaster of one!!!"....Thats awesome

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 4, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

Continuing from my previous post, although KALLIS is the GREATEST ALL-ROUNDER and MATCH-WINNER, he is also the MOST BORING BATSMAN (along with Dravid) and a VERY BORING BOWLER (in the Abdul Razzaq mould). I suppose that is the price to pay if you want to play within your limitations! Great player none-the-less.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 4, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

Kallis is certainly the best all-rounder and watch-winner in not only modern cricket but also of all-time. Amongst modern day batsman only SRT, Lara and Ponting would rate ahead of Kallis (on par with Dravid, VVS, Gilchrist, Hayden & Inzi etc). In bowling he is a very good third-seamer, certainly not in the class of McGrath, Pollock or Wasim etc but useful enough to pick up wickets consistently.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

@gagguv....they scored against Bangladesh..not the best team in the world and it was then wen BD were not that gd like now

Posted by taufque_atique on (January 4, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

why is here such argument???as a batsman only tendulakar is far better than kallis..but kallis is the best allrounder of modern day cricket..they shouldn't be compared.kallis hasn't debuted in 16 years of age, so how is he gonna pass 21 years in international cricket..he's almost as old as tendulkar..so the question of kallis passing 21 years in international cricket is absurd.1 thing is sure that if kallis would be from an indian subcontinent country then he would have debuted 3-4 years earlier and have more enriched career statistics..

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

@Nadeem.. I am probably an even bigger fan of Sachin than you but a true sportsman gives credit where due... Kallis is on pace to join Sachins test records and may miss by a couple at max. Number of games too the same thing.. and again may miss by a few here and there. the important fact is he is 95% of Sachin's record while bowling his full quota of overs in ODIs and tests with 250+ wickets in both... If you call 21 longetivity then almsot 15 years carrying the workload of being a premier batsman and bowler is even tougher...

Posted by Sabharim on (January 4, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

@DesiCricketfan.. on the contrary, I think the title suggests that Kallis will bat only if it is required that he should come in and save the test match. ALSO, I think it's time We All stop taking offense at the slightest comment.I think our nation and our team is doing us proud.Let us not jump to confusions.

Posted by Dubby49 on (January 4, 2011, 6:31 GMT)

The fact that in any discussion of a cricketer's greatness (or claim to it) Sachin enters the discussion with some people trying to rubbish his achievements is itself the greatest compliment to Sachin.

His accomplishments are the yardstick by which all modern criketers are judged. It's impossible to compare great cricketers - Bradman, Sobers etc - of different eras since playing conditions were vastly different. However, this is much easier when judging players who have played together or at the same time.

There's room in the pantheon of greats for more than one cricketer. So while praising A, let's not belittle B or C.

Posted by neutralindian on (January 4, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

i think kallis is surely the best allrounder of all time.he deserves much more respect than he is getting now

Posted by gagguv on (January 4, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

NRI11: Kallis is one of the most selfish batsman on display. And this has been acknowledged even by SA media. He used to bat so slow to preserve his wicket that run rate used to crawl when he was playing. In late 90s to early 2000s, he was like Lara; a good batsman among mediocre batsman. As for batting with tail, how many times Kallis has done that? And what are his so-called achievements with the tail? For your information, Sachin and Zaheer has joint record for 10th wkt partnership and Zaheer made the record of highest score by No. 11 batsman in company of Sachin.

Posted by shoonyam on (January 4, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

Kallis stands out in this South African team. Will definitely go down among the greats of the game. Such fine balance, poise and technique. And most importantly an unsung hero. What a treat to watch.

Posted by cricology on (January 4, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

oh come on guys ! the moment a player is praised we all start comparing him to others. Kaillis is greatest all-rounder of current era...Sachin is greatest batsman of the same era. And on allrounder skills...note it tendulkar too had huge variations in his bowling be it seam spin...but he let it go...concentrated on batting !!!

Kallis is "Jacques of all trade" and Sachin is "Master blaster of one!!!"

Posted by chin-music on (January 4, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

Kallis' knock puts the batting-with-the-tail concept in perspective. It obviously shows Tendulkar's Centurion batting in poor light, but it also shows that some of the Indian hype around VVS having "special skills" at batting with the tail are just a case of ends justifying means . VVS has just been plain lucky - unlike Kallis , he has never shown any particular skill at farming the strike or accelerating when the field is up to stop the single - infact he batted exactly the way that SRT did or did not , difference was his tailenders (ZAK , Ishant in Mohali) batted long enough despite him making no efforts to shield them.

Posted by Senan on (January 4, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

for all the Critics of Tendulkar, while I do agree Kallis is one of the great allrounders of all time, if not greatest, before you compare him to the greatest batsman in modern cricket please look at this example During the first innings of first test When boucher was out Kallis was 98 of 198 balls, after that, styen played 5 balls, mokrel 11, harris 41 and tsotsobe 28 for a total of 85 balls, and kallis during that time period played 93 balls Now, going back to first test, When dhoni got out Tendulkar was 106 of 211 balls, there were 3 players who played a total of 30 balls and tendulkar during that time played 30 balls too.. so Please think before you guys talk including the one who said he did not fight, the one called Graeme Smith. You are as good as the player playing on the other End pf the wicket...... Thank you very much ! ! ! ! !

Posted by samlovescricket on (January 4, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

Agree that Kallis did a great job in carrying the tail till the end and frusturated the indians for a long time.... but while Harris was at the crease initially, he was made to face lotsa balls even though new to the crease but the ball missed the outside edge for quite sometime. If any of the ball had got edged, it would have been a different game altogether and there would have been no comments to say that KALLIS batted brilliantly with the tail...... there is no point criticising Tendulkar or even Laxman who has proved so many times and carried the innings with the tail enders.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (January 4, 2011, 4:51 GMT)

If Kallis was an Indian then Indian would say that Kallis is the greatest ever cricketer to play this game... Kallis is given under-respect by Media since most cricketing media is dominated by Indians... Not only his batting his bowling and fielding is better than most so called world class cricketer by media ..

@Nadeem1976 : how told you that playing more years means that you are the best player ??...if it is so then i suggest you to turn the stats regarding test cricket and find there are dozens of players who have spent more time in test cricket than Tendulkar... Tendulkar is a good player but not the best player by any means.. poor fielder and very average bowler... tendular plays for stats , i have no doubt at all ... More games means more runs, whats the big fuss in that..Indians are the ones who are playing maximum number of games for several years...

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 4:47 GMT)

he he !! didnt expect it will happen so soon ;) hope he recovers soon n maintain it ;)

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

Folks, Ponting, Kallis and even Richards had no pressure on them to perform always in all format. They never had the pressure of billion dreams. Those greats never had the pressure of loosing the game if we they get OUT...May be in the recent few years, things are getting good for India but Sachin carried the entire nation's cricket to current status almost single handedly from early 90s until 2007. There was a period when Sachin gets out means India lost. I think, there should be a survey with Captains across the world from 1950s to identify their top 3 nemesis around the world. I am sure, Sachin will be singled out by all captains. Opponent captains always have a plans to counter attack the best opposition players. I am sure, all the captains played against India in the last 2 decades would have had plans for Sachin prior to the series. This shows his greatness. So, don't talk about Sachin...He is the greatest of greats.

Posted by BDHUNTER on (January 4, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

Another thing i have to mention that looks around the player played with sachin and kallis. sachin play more eligently than kallis becuz if any1 knows that we have the batsman like rahul,viru,laxman to come next then who will miss to experiment and take more risk to get run.... But kallis is a stand alone batsman,he didn't get thats types of option and luxary in game,all the time he have to stay as more than any1 in wicket,if kallis get options like the sachin,then SA will win the WC thrice not AUS. so think before post ur emotional comments..........................

Posted by Nampally on (January 4, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

I wonder how much pain Kallis was in when he could bat with #10 & #11 bats and add on 80 runs to the total. When he could bat why is there a headline of this nature especially the words "if necessary".? This is again bashing Indian batting and thinking that SA can win by an innings.Sadly the mind games have not been stopped by the media and on slaught continues daily.If India bat whole of Day 3 and add 350 to their current toatal, I bet SA would regret waking up the Indian batsmen. I do hope on Day 3 India take this up as a challenge and stay there for ever. SA has just 4 bowlers and keep them on the field for a day, they will tearing their hair instead of talking about innings defeat on their opponents. SA owe a lot to one LBW decision going in favour of Kallis. If he was given out the SA would have been out for under 200. India do have their backs to the wall but thay are capable of fighting back. Let us see what Day 3 brings then the Media can either shut up and raise the rheotric.

Posted by BDHUNTER on (January 4, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

No wicket is price than a wicket of kallis,The man kallis is a legend and Rock solid batsman thats all the teams wanted to have player like him.It will better if we not compared him with sachin,2 r different catagorize, sachin is a God gifted natural batsman who likes to have amongs run all the time, On the other hand Kallis most of the time build the innings,re-constructed the game,hold the match for his side. --"Most people doesn't understand the cricket that's why the compared sachin and kallis together..............." 2 have diiferent identity and class..............

Posted by sportz247 on (January 4, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

good sign for india. Team india won test series against SA in SA. in recent test series berondon Mcmucullum injured makes job easy for india. katich injured and bolliger injured in australian series. so this is just expected from SA . indians are bookies favourite after sydney test under kumble captaincy.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 3:57 GMT)

Well,Kallis is a very good player and he is a fantastic cricketer but, no one can compare him with Sachin. Sachin has proved himself against all the countries and what is all about Australia ? Why everyone wants to bend down in front of Australia? Australia has also and always performed well in their own land ............ every country does that .Sachin has performed consistently against all the countries and he is the best, Bradman is nothing and Sobers is nothing in front of the great SACHIN..... Its that all these countries will have to grow up and be honest and accept the fact .....

Posted by cric_lover143 on (January 4, 2011, 3:23 GMT)

Whadaplayaaaar.... He is the real " Mr. Cricket ". i mean around 11500+ runs and 270+ wickets in TESTs and around 11000+ runs and 250+ wickets in ODIs. What a player.... Every team in the world would like to have a player like Kallis in their team, a reliable batsman and a reliable bowler and a great fielder. He has taken some really fantastic catches. Even though i like Sachin more than any player in the world, i really rate kallis as the most valuable player in the world. He is never going to touch what sachin achieved so far, but sachin himself will feel incomplete as a cricketer ( i mean a complete cricketer, not pure batsman ) before kallis's records...

Posted by NeoTheSaviour on (January 4, 2011, 3:23 GMT)

@Moderators : I have posted 10-20 comments but none of them published :(..

Posted by NeoTheSaviour on (January 4, 2011, 3:20 GMT)

Here we go again "Kallis is Greatest batsman of all time" Lara, Dravid, Ponting, Sehwag and now Kallis. You know what is common in all of them All of them hit purple patches for 4-5 years.

People are so miserable when saying somebody is greatest of all time. They have "Out of sight out of mind" thing. Look at past 20 year records then open your mouth. Please don't disgrace yourself and Sachin by passing such remarks.

Posted by DonkieHoed on (January 4, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

The heading says he'll bat if necessary. Which is a fact; if it's not necessary for him to bat, he won't because of the injury. If he has to, he will. Yet Desicricketfan gets upset about it? Shame, buck up!

Posted by moBlue on (January 4, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

where did all you naysayers go? the ones who, when zaheer was injured, and SA had a cakewalk in T1 after inserting IND in hostile conditions, predicted gloom-and-doom for IND? the ones who - just yesterday! - predicted SA would score "400+!" against a "mediocre at best" IND attack, and then would rip the heart out of the "flat-track bullies" with their mindblowing "swing at pace" when IND batted? :) did you get all of your dreams fulfilled yet? did you get *any* of your dreams fulfilled? :) by the way, now that kallis can't bowl... hmmm... lemme count, steyn, morkel, tsotsobe, harris, that is only 4 bowlers i think, and steyn has a side strain! you think these 4 bowlers have the ability to get 18 more wickets over the next 3 days? :-) well, they had better get 8 more before IND pile on 500-plus, because if they don't, the 4 "ace" bowlers from SA might not get a chance to take the remaining 8 wickets! come back here, naysayers... you know who u are. how confident are u *now*? :-)

Posted by Sabharim on (January 4, 2011, 2:23 GMT)

Take a bow Kallis! And this comment is from a Sachin fan.Tat was a lesson in farming the strike and how to get the most out of the tail. I am a lesser Sachin fan after the way he batted during the Centurion test when we (he) could have got us out of the ignominy of the innings defeat.He had two wickets to play with.I will probably stop watching cricket when Sachin retires, but this blemish will remain.

Posted by kitten on (January 4, 2011, 1:51 GMT)

What a marked contrast between Tendulkar with the tail in the centurion test, and Kallis in a similar situation in this test. Tendi failed to avert an innings defeat when there was only 30 runs to score, and yet Kallis scored about 79 in two partnerships with the last two batsmen! Probably, a lesson to be learnt by Tendulkar for the future? No point remaining unbeaten, if the team has suffered as a result. Hopefully, he looks like being a saviour in this test, and making a big score. May he and Gambhir try and last at least till the lunch interval, by which time India will definitely start gaining the ascendancy.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 1:06 GMT)

I'm always amazed that people will resort to putting down excellent players and career statistics in order to sell their own cricket "god". There are many fantastic players on display at the moment and some of them will be regarded as all-time greats, Tendulkar and Kallis included. @Dr. K: This is not the first time I've seen fans compare Kallis's and Tendulkar's average in Australia and it's still not as convincing an argument as you think. Kallis has a very good average in Australia and averages higher than Tendulkar in all other countries, with the exception of England, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Kallis averages more than Tendulkar IN India. But what does that mean? They are great players that both deserve the respect and accolades their achievements demand.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 1:03 GMT)

@dr.k.h.iyer:mate, if teams win games, then tendulkar had one of the best batting line ups in azharruddin, dravid, ganguly, sehwag and now dhoni and pujara whenever he played. He also had a decent enough bowling line up. mate, regarding tendulkars avergae in australia. How many times did he have to face "both" Mcgrath and Warne in aus? only in 1999, check his average then

Posted by We_Win_All on (January 4, 2011, 0:45 GMT)

Whenever Kallis got injured while playing for RCB, Kumble had a great headache. He need to get an opening batsman and a first change pace bowler to replace him. Also 4 foreign players policy in IPL made it even worse for him and invariably he was forced to drop Steyn also. So for RCB to win matches they depended on Kallis and Steyn, and if Kallis got injured then they would lose both their match winners.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (January 4, 2011, 0:42 GMT)

I think some of the people lives in dark age that they are saying Tendulkar has done nothing in cricket. Wakeup guys. He has 97 international hundrerds. If i pick any batsman for all type of formats i will pick Tendulkar first in my all time eleven. He is less than Bradman in test and Less than Richards in ODI but over all he is better then both of them if combined. Rubish to say Kalis has done more than Tendulkar. Not even Tendulkar has played MOST test matches and MOST ODI's too. And he spent 21 years on the field. Give respect to Tendulkar otherwise you guys dont know what is cricket. Kallis has to spent 8 more years in international cricket to cross the legecy of Tendulkar. Thats simple. Tendulkar at this moment is untouchable.

Posted by Dr.K.H.Iyer on (January 3, 2011, 23:50 GMT)

Oh Yeah! batting with the TAIL is NOT the only hallmark of a great batsman! Look at Kallis record in OZ and compare with Sachin! The Gulf in class becomes quite apparent! Their performances while facing the Devil in HELL (OZ down-under) underlines how SUPERIOR Sachin is! Of course Sachin Can not bat with the Tail! That remains Kallis' Forte! kallis average has got more to do with his performances against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh! A few weeks back on Ask Steve there was an article which said if you exclude Zim and Bangladesh Tests Sehwag, Sachin and Ponting average the highest! So Kallis is a good batsman; but the greatest, by far, remains Sachin! As per wins :Teams not, individuals win games! SA have always been a good side! (Donald, Pollock, Ntini and now Steyn) So stop cribbing guys! Sachin remains the GREATEST Batsman ever (Except The DON, of course)!!

Posted by DesiCricketfan on (January 3, 2011, 23:29 GMT)

@ rahul.. I understand that and I do watch cricket. but it seems like you did not read the comments properly. I was only upset with the title. I know cricket and have been watching cricket since 1982 (I was 11 years old at that time...). I have seen enough cricket and the title seems disprespect to Team India... I love cricket and just want to watch good games. It hurts when people comments like these. Good luck Team India.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2011, 22:26 GMT)

@DesiCricketFan - it does not. if the match is poised to be a close one where his services might save/win the match for SA, then he will bat. If match becomes one-sided in either direction, he will not.

Posted by DesiCricketfan on (January 3, 2011, 22:03 GMT)

"KALLIS TO BAT IF NECESSARY..IF NECESSARY.." This article is great but why title is like this. Seems like author is very much confident that Team India will lose with innings and some few runs. Author has already decided that SA has won. Very Very immature TITLE. I am not saying India is too good but title seems like author has fixed the game even before it is in the third day. Kallis is a very good player and Kapil Dev himself has declared him today in a local news channel that " KALLIS IS THE GREATEST ALL ROUNDER".. We respect his acheivements and he is the only one left to get close to Tendulkar (Not Ricky..the way he is batting) it really hurt SA in the second day without Kallis as bowler. Let us see what happens tomorrow and hope for a game that ends for ateast 5 days not 3 or 4 days. Authors needs to be careful while writting stuff.

Posted by diss on (January 3, 2011, 21:33 GMT)

I never got to see Sir Gary Sobers but I'm mighty glad I got to see Jacques Kallis. An allrounder that plays as much as he does, as well as he does, in every form of the game and even the IPL. Wow. He's a goddamned superman.

Posted by NRI- on (January 3, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

Tendulkar and VVS, watch the replays - this IS HOW you play with tailenders. VVS got lucky by nudging singles and letting Ishant make most of the runs , taking most of the strike. Ishant, not VVS, steered India to a win. Likewise, Tendulkar, dont just protect your average by nudging easy singles when with the no 11.

Posted by NRI- on (January 3, 2011, 21:25 GMT)

Kallis should be an automatic choice in any ALL TIME world XI, same as Sobers, Bradman, Malcolm Marshall and Gilchrist BEFORE people like Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Ponting, Flintoff and Botham, 5 of whom have achievments much less than him. The media does not give Kallis his due.

Posted by Amu123 on (January 3, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

Kallis silently has become a Great batsman... If people go by statistics then he is definitely the greatest all rounder of all time (he has more runs, more wickets & an average of second only to sir sobers of all rounders).. he has already replaced Ponting as the closest threat to Sachin when it comes to scoring 100's & Runs.. he is also good when it comes to playing with tail enders... he has another 5 years of cricket in him, which could help to confirm that he is the greates ever allrounder world of cricket ever saw!!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2011, 20:24 GMT)

Advantage India. India has the batting prowess to take first innings lead and put South Africa under pressure. As we saw in Durban SA can collapse when a few of their key players Amla and Kallis are out. India's pace bowling has picked up since Zaheer's return. Harbjhan only gets wickets when a batsman wants to get out.

Posted by sudhir98 on (January 3, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

Amen brother!! India should stop being infatuated with crappy ODIs and t20s and play more tests against quality opponents- these series are more like teasers anymore.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

Actually 3 test series is good, then you are focussed, injury would not cost either team. 5 test series takes a lot of toll on the body as well. However 5 test series would also test the bench strength as well. @tirtha16, the problem is Indian batsmen when they take a spinner easy, it costs them. Do not underestimate Harris. I did not feel that it was easy to score when Gambhir and Tendulkar was batting today.

Posted by landl47 on (January 3, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Kallis is one of the all-time great cricketers. A test batting average of over 56, 39 hundreds and 270 wickets @ 32 are figures no-one else comes even remotely close to matching (Gary Sobers would be closest). If he can't bat normally, it definitely favours the Indian team and his bowling will be missed, too. He's as near irreplaceable as there is in the game today.

Posted by tirtha16 on (January 3, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

I think this match is now slightly inclined towards the Indians....as the seam bowlers will get lesser help from the wicket and Indian batters are too hot to handle for someone like Harris. Indians will look to score 270-300 runs more for the day without loosing more than 4-5 wickets. If that happens then they will be aiming for a 100-150 lead and Proteas will find it difficult to face Harbhajan's spin and Zak's reverse swing in the 4th day pitch.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

Totally agree with Surly Cynic that an enthralling series between the top 2 sides in the world should a 5 match series. India and SA are big enough this should be a 5 match series, even if they aren't top 2....

Kallis should be in any all time XI.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 3, 2011, 17:41 GMT)

The loss of his bowling really showed today... just a glimpse of what is to come when he retires one day. With Steyn also seeming to struggle with a strain of some sort this could be crucial, but congrats to Tendulkar and Gambhir on a good partnership. First session tomorrow will be vital - if only this was a 5 test series....

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