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Over 24,000 runs, 550 wickets and 300 catches in international cricket. A champion gamer would be proud of achieving these numbers while playing a cricket video game. However, there’s a man who has actually piled up these figures on the field while playing around the world, against different opponents, at the highest level, for over 17 years.
Numbers don’t lie. And these numbers scream at the top of their voices that Jacques Kallis is the greatest all-rounder of all time. The fact that he has been batting one-down and bowling genuine pace for so many years speaks volumes about his fitness and consistency. It’s not an easy job, and hence, the breed of pace bowling all-rounders is becoming rarer by the day. Kallis believes the increasing quantity of cricket is the reason for this decline.
“There are probably not too many around at the moment. It’s probably because of the amount of cricket being played. It seems to be a little low at the moment, but hopefully in a few years time there will be a few that will come through,” he said.
Known for his class and solidity in Test cricket, Kallis has incredibly cracked the Twenty20 code as well. A great testament to his versatility is his success in the IPL. In a tournament where the cream of international cricket amalgamates, there are few pace bowling all-rounders. And iplt20.com got the best of the lot to speak about the rest.
Here’s what Kallis had to say about the few men who represent the rare breed that he belongs to:
Shane has been around for a while and he has produced goods for Australia for a long time. He is a quality cricketer and an important part of Rajasthan Royals.
He is a dangerous hitter down the order. He is a different type of all-rounder. He uses the new ball up front and gets the bowl to swing nicely and is aggressive with the bat.
He is a quality all-round cricketer. He can bat pretty much anywhere, and he is a clean striker of the ball and he is also very useful with his medium pacers.
He has been around for a while as well and obviously knows his game. He has got a real mature head and understands the game pretty well. I think these are his strengths.
He is sort of new to the scene and has been around only for a couple of years. I’m pretty impressed with him. He’s obviously a very dangerous player and very important to his team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a mixed start to IPL 2012. After beating Delhi Daredevils by 20 runs, they suffered a thrashing at the hands of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Their vaunted batting line-up has failed to live up to the high expectations. However, there is a big positive for RCB this season with their bowlers finally stepping up to the plate.
They defended 157 against DD on a good batting track and then restricted KKR to 165 for 8 after causing an extraordinary middle-order collapse. After their 42-run defeat, RCB’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan spoke to iplt20.com about his team’s bowling attack and overall performance so far.
You are coming after some rest. How is your body holding up and how is your bowling rhythm?
It’s been good so far. In the first game, I was trying to get into it, and this game I was feeling much better. So I hope to build on this now.
RCB has always been a strong batting side and their bowling was letting the team down. Is it the opposite this season?
Not really. It’s just been two games. In the first game, we did brilliantly and it was a terrific team effort. Today, you saw KKR was going really well. But we pulled it back. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it with the bat, but there are no worries as such. It’s just the beginning of the tournament and once our batters come into knick, we will go a long way. Are you happy that the bowlers are finally stepping up?
It’s all about winning matches and that’s what is important for us as a team. At the end of the day, it’s a team game, so everyone is looking to contribute and everyone is looking to give their best as team comes first. You have bowled alongside two great spinners in Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble. What is it like bowling with Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori now?
This is a different format and I am enjoying every bit of it. Vettori is a great bowler and a very good leader, and Murali is so experienced and special. It’s been good fun, It’s good to talk about their experiences and how they deal with their preparations. It’s been wonderful so far.
You have bowled to so many dangerous batsmen in the world. Who do you think is the most dangerous batsman in Twenty20 cricket?
T20 is such a format where you see batters improvising. As a bowler, it’s really important to have a clear mindset and have a set plan for each batter; I feel that’s the best you can do. I don’t want to name any [one batsman]. There are couple of players in every team. There is MS Dhoni and there is Yusuf Pathan. Yuvraj Singh is not playing but he is also of them. Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and someone experienced like Sachin [Tendulkar], who has got range of shots, who can really play around with the field placement. On any given day, any batter can be dangerous, and there are few in every team.