Home > News >

Rahul Dravid terms Jacques Kallis ‘second only to Sachin Tendulkar’

Rahul Dravid terms Jacques Kallis 'second only to Sachin Tendulkar'
Rahul Dravid (left) has shared the dressing room with Jacques Kallis while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League © Getty Images

New Delhi: Jul 3, 2014

Former India captain Rahul Dravid paid rich tributes to legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, terming him “second only to Sachin Tendulkar” as the Proteas great pushes for a fifth World Cup appearance in Australia and New Zealand, next year.

“I think he’s [Kallis] going to end up with some really record-breaking numbers. I think he’ll probably be second only to Tendulkar’s numbers overall if you look at it,” Dravid said on “Modern Masters”, a new video series on ESPNcricinfo.com.

“He seems pretty fit in spite of his workload. The fascinating thing is the number of injuries. He’s hardly had any major injuries considering he bats, he bowls. It’s almost unheard of and he looks like he can go on for a while,” Dravid said about the 38-year-old, who is currently in Sri Lanka for the limited overs series.

The cricket aficionados were spoilt for choice during the last two decades due to some of the greatest batsmen like Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, who graced the game during the period. But Dravid feels that by “sheer weight of his runs” — 13,289 in Tests and 11,574 in ODIs — Kallis makes everyone sit up and take notice of his stupendous achievements.

“For the longest time, we’ve been spoilt with the quality of batsmanship with people like Tendulkar, [Brian] Lara, and [Ricky] Ponting who have played in the same era as Kallis. In some ways he has had to earn this right of approval by sheer weight of runs, sheer consistency of performance and by building up a record that is second to none and is probably going to surpass a lot of these greats. He’s forced you to sit up and take notice,” Dravid told Sanjay Manjrekar in the newly started video series.

A technician-par-excellence himself, Dravid also dissected Kallis’ batting technique.

“He has a little bit of an initial movement, a two-step movement. It is quite unique in some ways to South Africa. But the important thing to note is that even though he makes that initial movement or that initial shuffle of his, after that he is in a really good balanced position to go fully back or go forward as well when the ball is pitched (up).”

“He has the ability to judge the line exceptionally well and leave well,” said Dravid.

Having shared the dressing room with Kallis while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, Dravid said he was impressed with Kallis’ calm and composed nature.

“One of the things I noticed with Kallis, and I played with him for three years with RCB at the IPL [Indian Premier League], was just how calm and relaxed he is and how unflustered he gets irrespective of what’s happening around him.”

“Whether he’s scored runs or whether he’s failed, his behaviour or his mannerisms never change. Sometimes you think he has almost no emotion at all but that’s not the case. He’s just able to maintain that calm balance without going up and down too much,” he revealed.

Dravid was clear in his assessment that South Africa will find it virtually impossible to find his suitable replacement.

“I think he’s going to be even more respected and revered once he leaves, because then it’s going to be virtually impossible to find a replacement for that kind of cricketer who bats in your top four, bowls a very heavy ball, takes wickets, catches in the slips. He does it all! We’re going to start appreciating and recognising him a lot more once he leaves,” said Dravid.

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

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 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

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014  at Raipur

NK won by 33 runs (D/L method)


KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 2 CLT20 2014


Kane, Devcich praise each others knock

Live Cricket Score Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions CLT20 2014: KKR labour to 4 wicket win

CLT20 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions (LL), Match 7: 5 key battles

Before Mitchell Marsh, Surinder Amarnath had hit sixes off last two balls to win a match in England

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014: Highlights

CLT20 2014: Mitchell Marsh stakes his claim for a spot in Australia’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad with late blitz for Perth Scorchers against Dolphins

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Hobart Hurricanes India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders Northern Knights

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lahore Lions, Match 7, CLT20 2014: Gautam Gambhir half-century powers Kolkata to 4-wicket win

Gautam Gambhir dismissed; Kolkata Knight Riders 113 for 2

Robin Uthappa dismissed as Lahore Lions finally get a breakthrough

Gautam Gambhir brings up half-century against Lahore Lions

Kolkata Knight Riders reach 82 for no loss after 10 overs vs Lahore Lions

Steven Smith: I would love to bat at No 3 in ODI cricket

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions (LL), Match 7, CLT20 2014: KKR likely XI

CLT20 2014: Akshar Patel reaffirms all-round abilities

Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 6, CLT20 2014: Cape Cobras’s likely XI

Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 6: Hobart Hurricane’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

India’s medal winners on Day 2 at Asian Games 2014

Bigg Boss 8 Take Off Live Update: Minissha Lamba delivered inside the Bigg Boss house!

Asian Games 2014: Indian swimmers fail to qualify for finals

Round 2 in Android One war: New phones may hit market by December-end

Champions League T20 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) register sensational win against Lahore Lions in CLT20 2014

Customized tablets make way to India for Rs 5,000 onwards

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Kind people appear to be more attractive

Revealed: The real reason why Upen Patel agreed to do Bigg Boss 8

Bang Bang Dare: Hrithik Roshan challenges Priyanka Chopra to do handstand push-ups

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here