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Kallis a better No. 4 than Tendulkar?

Daryll Cullinan and Sanjay Manjrekar crunch a few numbers to see who was better at No. 4 - Jacques Kallis or Sachin Tendulkar

December 29, 2013

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Posted by Drew2 on (January 2, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Kallis a better number 4 than Tendulkar? That will bring strong responses from the Indian supporters, and rightly so. Kallis was too defensive. He had the skills to attack more, but chose to protect his batting average. He didn't have a strike rate of 50 against any country, not even Zimbabwe or Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

Even the commentators named Sachin and Lara at the end of, where was Kallis?

Posted by Listen_2me on (December 31, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Sachin is better.. read the following facts:

1. Sachin was One Man Show until like 20 years of career and he had to take the burden of his team in almost every match whereas Kaliis never had to take that pressure as SA always played like a team.

2. Cricket is more than a game in India and to carry the burden of 1 billion people's expectation was the hardest thing that Sachin had to go through in his entire career whereas in SA is just a game and nothing more than that.

3. When India win at home, the critic says it's because of turning tracks, and when Sachin's record in India is terrific, still the critic says because of flat tracks. So how come this contrast.

4. It's much easier to SA players to play in India as whereas it's harder for sub continent's players to perform on those fast tracks and Sachin has done that better than anyone else.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Kallis never had to face Steyn, Morkel, Philander......SRT has done that and hence better......Kallis has scored against pop-gun bowlers......CRICKE_ IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT TENDULKAR

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 31, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

This is too easy to answer.

Sachin scored most his runs on the flat tracks of India. Kallis scored most of his runs on the tricky tracks in SA. Kallis has a higher Test Average in batting Sachin had great support batsmen around him for most his career (Laxman, Dravid) Kallis has no one of quality around him, only towards the end of his career (Amla, AB) Kallis has taken over 280 test wickets at an average of 32 - wow Kallis has over 200 Test catches - amazing

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

How many 100s Kallis scored against the mighty Aussies and Wasin-Waqar_shoaib Pak-era????How many 100s Kallis scored in England??Kallis is not even close to Sachin as a Batsman but Kallis is above all on the Basis of an all-rounder..

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 1:17 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan How Ironic, on one hand you are complaining that SL should not be excluded as SRT has performed greatly against dangerous Murali and on the other hand you are belittiling Kallis's average of 70 against India who has the most deadly spin attack in the world, what a double standard?

By the way, in my query I have excluded SL, ZMB and BAN both for SRT and Kallis so his average is not inflated by his figures against ZMB/BAN.

I have not combined ODI and Test tons, all 17 of SRT centuries that I referenced are against SL, BAN & ZMB in Test Matches, none of them are ODI's 100.

By the way since when Vaas got the status of great bowler?

Do you have anything to say about SRT's performance against Donald, Akram or McGrath?

Posted by Guduji71 on (December 31, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

Both players were great cricketers. But if you have to choose one of those two. I would probably go for J Kallis. He is a great all rounder. Kallis has better records and average in England, Australia & South Africa. Kallis can be selected in any team in the world both as a bowler or as a batsman. Tendulkar had more flair but Kallis is a quite operator who will just quietly win the match for its team.

Posted by Tansz on (December 30, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Hey the main thing is they both are great players and no doubt about it bt as it is cricket so it means its a team sport.Now which player has helped his team win more matches is a big question.main is that team wins so player quality should be judged on that and plus conditions is a big factor too. Now some said Kallis is a better game saver and not a game winner also Kallis lacked performing in Aus & Eng so both should be taken into calculation.Now Tendulkar in test i heardly can think of any one innings were he has batted at 4th innings were he won chasing any matches for India and in ODI mostly winning scores in Subcontinent conditions plus he scored only 1 hundred in Australia in his entire life. Yes average of both is great bt team winning is the most important.Kallis and Sachin both had quality players around them always which means Sachin had dravid,ganguly,laxman and Kallis had Amla,Smith,de villiers so it became easy for both..Lara is best in terms of both forms and conditions

Posted by Tansz on (December 30, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

Hey the main thing is they both are great players and no doubt about it bt as it is cricket so it means its a team sport.Now which player has helped his team win more matches is a big question.main is that team wins so player quality should be judged on that and plus conditions is a big factor too. Now some said Kallis is a better game saver and not a game winner also Kallis lacked performing in Aus & Eng so both should be taken into calculation.Now Tendulkar in test i heardly can think of any one innings were he has batted at 4th innings were he won chasing any matches for India and in ODI mostly winning scores in Subcontinent conditions plus he scored only 1 hundred in Australia in his entire life. Yes average of both is great bt team winning is the most important.Kallis and Sachin both had quality players around them always which means Sachin had dravid,ganguly,laxman and Kallis had Amla,Smith,de villiers so it became easy for both..Lara is best in terms of both forms and conditions

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