After Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh, and Muttiah Muralitharan bagged honourable ICC awards, former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has followed in their footsteps. Jacques Kallis has earned the tag of the best Test all-rounder of the 21st century by the Star Sports’ jury. Kallis’ international career lasted from 1995-2013 and indeed deserves it for playing an integral role in South Africa’s rise.
Star Sports’ jury consisted of the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Bishop, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Scott Styris, Gautam Gambhir among others, alongside sports journalists and coaches were present as well. It was a well-deserved award for Jacques Kallis as several experts count him in the leagues of Gary Sobers, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Sir Ian Botham, and Sir Richard Hadlee.
Jacques Kallis made his Test debut back in 1995 against England at the Kingsmead in Durban and ended his career on the same ground against India eighteen years later. During his nearly two-decade Test career, he amassed 13289 runs at 55.37 and took 292 wickets at a decent average of 32.65. The 45-year old’s tally of 45 Test tons is also the second-highest in Test cricket and is the third-highest run-getter in the format.
Jacques Kallis trumps Ben Stokes, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Andrew Flintoff:
Meanwhile, the former South African great seemed to be a unanimous choice for the jury, trumping the likes of Ben Stokes, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Andrew Flintoff to win the award. Stokes occupied the second position, while Ashwin and Flintoff stood third and fourth respectively.