South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

Kallis passes Dravid, and Jadeja's best

Stats highlights from the fourth day's play of the Durban Test between South Africa and India

Shiva Jayaraman

December 29, 2013

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Jacques Kallis raises the bat after reaching his fifty, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day, December 28, 2013
Jacques Kallis became the fourth South Africa batsman to hit a hundred in his last Test © Associated Press
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  • Jacques Kallis made his 45th Test hundred and became the fourth South Africa batsman to score a century in his final Test.

  • Kallis' 115 took his career aggregate to 13,289 runs, the third highest in Tests. He was dismissed just after passing Rahul Dravid's 13,288 and fell 89 short of Ricky Ponting's 13,378. Kallis' average of 55.37 is the second highest after Kumar Sangakkara's 56.98, among batsmen with at least 10,000 Test runs.

  • Kallis also passed 9000 runs batting at No. 4. Only Sachin Tendulkar, with 13,492 runs, has scored more at No. 4. Kallis' average of 61.86 at this position is the best among batsmen who have at least 4000 runs at No. 4.

  • Ravindra Jadeja's figures of 6 for 138 - his second five-for - are his best in Tests. It was also the first five-wicket haul by an India left-arm spinner outside the subcontinent in over 30 years, since Dilip Doshi's 6 for 102 against England at Old Trafford in 1982.

  • Jadeja's haul is the first five-for by a spinner in the first innings in Durban since 2000, when Muttiah Muralitharan took 5 for 122. Before that, a spinner took five wickets in the first innings at this venue in 1964, when England's David Allen took 5 for 41.

  • Jadeja's 58.2 overs in South Africa's innings is the most an India spinner has bowled in Tests outside the subcontinent since Narendra Hirwani bowled 59 overs at The Oval in 1990.

  • The partnership between Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson gave South Africa's innings much-needed impetus. They scored at 6.11 runs an over - the fastest 100-plus partnership in Tests at Kingsmead (for which balls-recorded data exists). The last time South Africa added 100 or more for the eighth wicket against India was in Johannesburg in 1997, when Daryll Cullinan and Lance Klusener were involved in a match-saving 127-run stand.

  • Peterson's 61 is the second half-century by a South Africa No. 9 since Nicky Boje's 76 against England in Cape Town in 2005. The other fifty was by Kallis in the first innings of the famous draw at the Adelaide Oval last year, when he was batting lower down because of a hamstring injury.

  • South Africa scored 500 or more at this venue for the first time in over five years. The last time they scored 500-plus at Kingsmead was against West Indies in 2008. There have been only six scores of 500 or more by them in 71 innings at this venue.

  • Dale Steyn, du Plessis and Peterson collectively scored 148 runs in the first innings - the most South Africa's No. 7, 8 and 9 have scored in an innings against India.

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Posted by Navin84 on (December 31, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

I still believe that Kallis should not have retired from Test cricket, he should have quit ODIs and T20s to prolong his Test Career like Chanderpaul. Not because you had a few bad games you will retire, he is one of the best test cricket has seen.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

INTANGIBLES. Cricket is not played in a vacuum. SA always had great players and overall their test teams were among the best. Their fast bowlers were fat better than India's over the last 40 years. SA's success was not pinned to any one player they way Tendulkar was saddled with that responsibility. Kallis is a very good cricketer who was under the radar a lot. He is not a batsman that took the bowling by storm nor was he a bowler who had inspired spells by bowling his team to victory. No doubt he was consistent because he was a role player and expectations of public leadership was not a burden.

Posted by krishnaaus on (December 30, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@lodhisingh: Every sportsperson gets compared to his/her peers (in every sport) but this does not mean anything in terms of greatness. I never mentioned Dravid keeping wickets in tests. What i meant was Dravid not only contributed with the bat but also in other key aspects of the game. Keeping in ODI does affect the workload and injuries. Kallis will be go down as the greatest cricketer in his generation for one simple reason. His batting, bowling and fielding was as good as any top batsmen, bowler and fielder and these are illustrated in his stats acquired over a 18 year illustrious career.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

A great batsman, as compared to Sachin Tendulkar he was a big player, beacuse he is not only batsman, he is also a bowler... In cricket history we cant found such a big player.

Posted by Rumy1 on (December 30, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

With malice or bias towards none, Kallis is arguably the greatest cricketer of the modern era. As a batsman he has a better Test career average and a better century per innings rate than our own master blaster SRT. Moreover, Kallis batting at No.4 position has a better Test average than SRT. If we look at ODi records, Kallis has an equally good batting average of 44.8 as SRT. Plus, Kallis is going at a high unlike SRT who would have lost his place at least a year ago but for BCCI's kindness. As a bowler Kallis has a better average than the likes of Sobers, our own Zaheer Khan and Bhajji. With the third highest Test run aggregate, second highest number of Test centuries, second highest number of Test catches and 292 Test wickets to his name, Kallis rides above any other cricketer of the modern era.

Posted by Lodhisingh on (December 30, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

@ India_boy, not sure what cricket u were watching mate, but before the double ponting got against india, he averaged in the mid 30s for 3 years about 32 tests. not sure if that is enough by your standards? seems to be enough though. and dont talk about capatincy and other stuff when u r talking about batting form and records mate. sachin's slump was much smaller than ponting's. and just u calling sachin as one who did not play for the team does not account to anything. we all heard and saw the current team and the former players and all the indian public(barring few like urself) had to say about sachin when he retired.

Posted by India_boy on (December 30, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

@lodhisingh...Punter was out of form but not so drastically that he couldn't score a century for 3 years. In fact just prior to his retirement he scored a century against India. Kallis scored a century after just 1 lean year. This is the first time since 1996 that he didn't score a century all year. You talk of Hussain, at least he was a shrewd captain if nothing else. Same with Mark Taylor, and the less you criticise S. Waugh, the better, SRt wasn't even a shadow on the team and crisis man that Waugh was. Atherton and Stewart were the only 2 international level players in Eng team which is why they were played for so long. But SRT? he had 3 massively lean periods during which he would have been dropped if he was in any other team. He never played for the team, during a crisis, changed his positions, in 4th inns., nothing to show that he was a quality batsman (apart from meaningless centuries against tame attacks on batting paradise that didn't really help the team)

Posted by Lodhisingh on (December 30, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

@ krishnaaus, nothing to take away from kallis or dravid mate. they are greats too. but, how many analaysis have u seen or how many comments from experts have u heard where kallis or dravid were not compared to sachin to show how great they are? and..dravid never kept wickets in tests mate. so it is not accurate to bring that stat into the picture.

Posted by gracegift on (December 30, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

There are many who can lay claim to being the best batsmen over the last 2 decades, the Tendulkars, Laras etc. or the best bowlers, Muralis, McGrath, Akram etc. But there's only player who could lay claim to being the greatest cricketer during this time, and he's Jacques Kallis. Nearly 300 wickets as a pace bowler at an average better than Zaheer Khan, 200 catches and the small matter of 13,000 plus runs at 55 per innings. Don't think there'll be another like him for a long time.

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