Kallis had no peers in my lifetime
As a West Indian fan I am glad to see the back of Jacques Kallis. In 24 Tests
against us, he averaged 73.62 with 8 centuries, he also took 52 wickets at 30.05. In those 24 Tests, West Indies won 2, lost 16 and drew 6. Kallis would bat 3 or 4, and be an easy first change bowler, coming at you at over 140 KPH (89 MPH), he was almost an unfair advantage, as Sobers was in the 60’s. They would give you the luxury of playing an extra batter or bowler depending on the state of the pitch or quality of the opposition. Kallis’s retirement will leave a huge void in the South African Test team that will be impossible to fill. Kallis is the only cricketer ever to score more than 11,000 runs and take 250 wickets in both Test and ODI cricket, Sobers unfortunately played very little ODI cricket.
There are only two allrounders in the history of cricket who would have been
selected based on either their batting or bowling alone, Sobers and Kallis.
Comparison of the two is impossible and probably irrelevant. Based on personal bias one could justify one over the other, however the fact remains they are both in a class of their own.
So although as a West Indian I am happy to see Kallis go, as a fan of cricket I am devastated, knowing that a such a player might come once in a lifetime,
Thanks Jacques for the magnificent memories, in my lifetime, you have no peers.
Dr Nigel Camacho