Ricky Ponting (left) Jacques Kallis (centre) and Rahul Dravid conquered the cricketing world with the willow © Getty Images
Ricky Ponting (left) Jacques Kallis (centre) and Rahul Dravid conquered the cricketing world with the willow © Getty Images

Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, and Jacques Kallis had almost parallel careers that ended within two years of each other. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at three eerily similar careers.

Ricky Ponting had made his Test debut on December 8, 1995. Jacques Kallis had arrived six days later. It took Rahul Dravid six more months to be launched. They did not leave in the same sequence. Dravid went first, followed by Ponting, while Kallis was the last to quit.

The Trinity conquered the cricket world with their willow in style on either side of the millennium. Seldom has the world seen three careers that have moved so close to each other and have culminated in results this identical.

  M   I NO     R Ave

100s

50s

Ricky Ponting

168

287

29

13,378

51.85

41

62

Jacques Kallis

166

280

40

13,289

55.37

45

58

Rahul Dravid

164

286

32

13,288

52.31

36

63

Their careers have, indeed, been so identical that they can easily be termed the Millennium Triplets of cricket. Below is a list representing how their careers have progressed in terms of Tests: they seemed to have progressed almost identically over the years.

The Millennium Triplets: Runs after every Test

(Abhishek Mukherjee is a cricket historian and Senior Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He generally looks upon life as a journey involving two components – cricket and literature – though not as disjoint elements. A passionate follower of the history of the sport with an insatiable appetite for trivia and anecdotes, he has also a steady love affair with the incredible assortment of numbers that cricket has to offer. He also thinks he can bowl decent leg-breaks in street cricket, and blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in. He can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)