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Jacques Kallis has achieved more than Sachin and Zaheer combined

Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket. Come on! Everybody knows that. Zaheer Khan is the 5th highest wicket-taker in Tests for India with 311 wickets. What if I tell you there is a cricketer who has almost scored the same number of Test runs and has almost the same number of Test wickets?  The same goes for the ODIs as well. Surprised? You won’t be when you get to know his name. He is Jacques Kallis.

Everybody knows he is a world-class all-rounder. But no one looked to the numbers with this perspective.

Let’s dive deep into those stats  of Jacques Kallis

Test stats

 MatchesRuns scoredBatting Average  Wickets takenBowling Average
Sachin Tendulkar2001592153.784654.17
Zaheer Khan92123011.9431132.95
Jacques Kallis.1661328955.3729232.65

ODI stats

 MatchesRuns scoredBatting Average  Wickets takenBowling Average
Sachin Tendulkar4631842644.8315444.48
Zaheer Khan20079212.0028229.44
Jacques Kallis3281157944.3627331.79

If you add Kallis’ and Zaheer’s Test runs, you almost reach Sachin’s Test runs, while Sachin’s and Kallis’ batting average is the same. Compare Zaheer’s Test wickets and the addition of Sachin’s and Kaliis’ Test wickets, they are in close agreement. Astonishingly, Kallis’s Test bowling average is slightly better than Zaheer’s one.

Talking about the ODI batting average, Sachin and Kallis again are at the same place. Zaheer in ODIs has picked 282 wickets and is just 9 more than what Kallis has. There isn’t much difference between the ODI bowling average of Zaheer and Kallis either.

These are really incredible stats.

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Contribution matters the most

It’s not only about runs and wickets. It’s also about the effort that goes behind the scenes.

Most importantly, Kallis has contributed to the team’s success as a bowler and a batter, not once or twice but in 166 Tests and 328 ODIs.  

Not the thing that the two Indians have achieved less, but numbers are testimony to who has contributed more for the team.

Ultimately, cricket is a team sport and how you contribute to the team is the thing of utmost importance. 

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Saurabh Karmarkar
Saurabh Karmarkarhttp://thesportslite.com/
An ardent Test cricket fan, a loyal Bayern Munich supporter who loves to write about sports and a fitness enthusiast.

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