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.

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014 (16:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 12, 2014  at Sharjah

New Zealand won by 4 wkts

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 2: India’s familiar collapse, Umesh Yadav’s heroics and other highlights

South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 2 at Centurion: South Africa declare at 552 for 5

Australia 221/4 at stumps against India on Day 2 of 2nd Test at Brisbane

Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane guide India to 311/4 against Australia on Day 1 of 1st Test at Brisbane

Australia India Interviews Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin South Africa

Live Streaming: India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3

Live Scorecard: India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3

Live Cricket Score: India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3

South Africa eager to get back into Test series grove following long ODI spell

Replacing Alastair Cook as ODI skipper could boost England’s chances at World Cup, says Ian Botham

World Cup 1987: Viv Richards decimates Sri Lanka at Karachi

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane: Steven Smith holds key for Australia

Josh Hazlewood’s relentless accuracy and subtle movement against India in 2nd Test at Brisbane augurs well for Australia

South Africa vs West Indies 2014, 1st Test at Centurion: Hashim Amla’s double-century and other statistics

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 2: India’s familiar collapse, Umesh Yadav’s heroics and other highlights

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here