ICC WTC Final Live: South Africa’s Jacques Kallis voted greatest Test all-rounder of 21st Century: Amid the loud echoing buzz of the ongoing World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand in Southampton, focus drifted slightly to the greatest Test all-rounder of 21st century. Former South African player Jacques Kallis has been recognized for this prestigious honour.
Among the nominees, England player- Ben Stokes, Indian allrounder- Ravichandran Ashwin and former England skipper Andrew Flintoff, Kallis managed to clinch the spot.
A modern-day colossus as he stands, Jacques Kallis was inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame in August 2020. Getting into this unique lineage, Kallis became the fourth South African cricketer after Graeme Pollock (2009), Barry Richards (2009) and Allan Donald (2019) to do so. With the same, he entered in elusive ancestry and joined the likes of Kapil Dev, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Ian Botham, Sir Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan in the all-rounders’ department.
ICC WTC Final Live: Jacques Kallis cricketing career- A synopsis
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Kallis has etched his name in golden glitters since he started playing for South Africa since 1995. A Batting allrounder by role, his skills with the ball was no less.
The veteran South African player, featured in 166 Tests, 328 ODI’s and 25 T20I’s for his Team. With phenomenal batting averages- 55.37 (Tests), 44.36 (ODI’s), 35.05 (T20’s), his numbers are an inspiration for many cricketers even now.
ICC WTC Final: From his willow, he amassed whopping 25534 runs and scalped 580 wickets in his career.
Kallis’s enigmatic record- the only man to have scored over 10000 runs and taken over 250 wickets in both forms of the game is still unbroken years after his retirement.
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