Home > Features > Facts and figures >

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Statistical comparison with other all-rounders

Jacques Kallis was unarguably one of the best all rounders ever © Getty Images
Jacques Kallis was unarguably one of the best all rounders ever © Getty Images

Jacques Kallis was said to be second to only Garry Sobers. As Kallis retires from cricket, Nishad Pai Vaidya looks at a very interesting statistic.

Jacques Kallis was said to be second to only Garry Sobers, arguably the greatest all-rounder the world has seen. While it is fallacious to compare the two, as they played cricket in different eras, one can say that statistics do show that they tower above the rest if their all-round records are concerned. Kallis’ numbers are far superior, but that is because he played many more games and also turned up in the two younger formats of cricket. As he bids good bye to the game, cricket loses an all-round marvel and he would be sorely missed by the fraternity.

If one looks at the statistics of players with over 200 wickets in international wickets and 5,000 runs, then Sobers and Kallis have the best difference between their batting and bowling averages. They have the greatest difference between batting and bowling averages if one considers their records across the different formats of the game:

Player

M*

R

Ave

100s

HS

W

Bowl. Ave

BBI

5WI

AD**

Garry Sobers

94

8032

57.37

26

365*

236

34.02

6/73

6

23.34

Jacques Kallis

519

25534

49.1

62

224

577

32.14

6/54

7

16.95

Imran Khan

263

7516

35.45

7

136

544

24.08

8/58

24

11.36

Shane Watson

270

9738

37.16

13

185*

271

24.08

6/33

3

7.34

Steve Waugh

493

18496

41.65

35

200

287

35.56

5/28

3

6.09

*includes Tests, ODIs and T20 internationals. **Difference between batting and bowling average.

Remember one fact: Sobers played only one One-Day International (ODI), in which he was dismissed for a duck. When compared to other players in this list, he has only 94 games. If one leaves Sobers out, Kallis is easily the greatest modern all-rounder in terms of the numbers. A difference of 16.95 between the batting and bowling average is proof of that.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014  at Bengaluru

Chennai Super Kings won by 54 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts

Photos

KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 2 CLT20 2014

Videos

Kane, Devcich praise each others knock

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: CSK sends clear signal to other sides by ravaging Dolphins

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Highlights

Mitchell Marsh: I thought that the match was tied against Dolphins

Live Cricket Score Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins CLT20 2014 Match 8: CSK romp home by 54 runs

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shows he is one for the future

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins Hobart Hurricanes Incheon Asian Games India at Asian Games 2014 Lahore Lions

Makhaya Ntini looks forward to match at Mount Kilimanjaro summit

Mitchell Marsh: I thought that the match was tied against Dolphins

Usain Bolt picks Shane Warne over Sachin Tendulkar

Anandji Dossa passes away

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) romp to 54-run win against Dolphins in CLT20 2014 Match 8 at Bangalore

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: CSK sends clear signal to other sides by ravaging Dolphins

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Highlights

List of highest innings’ totals in CLT20 and overall T20 cricket

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Key Battles

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: CSK’s likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

670 Posts | 6 Fans

CLT20 2014: Kings Xi Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, final over

Apple iPhone 5S now available for less that Rs 35,000 on Indian e-commerce sites

Kajol at the United Nations headquarters-View pic!

Microsoft’s Xbox One launched in India, prices start from Rs 39,990

NGOs pursue education for all

Is having leaky breasts during pregnancy normal?

Asian Games 2014 Live Updates: Focus on Abhinav Bindra, Saurav Ghosal, Sathish Sivalingam

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Hrithik Roshan: I am not reprising Tom Cruise in Bang Bang!

Savvy Superfoods Straight from your Mom’s Kitchen

Makhaya Ntini looks forward to match at Mount Kilimanjaro summit

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here