But Jacques Kallis is a genuine batsman, who belongs in the top bracket. He is a genuine medium fast bowler, good batsmen and a good slip fielder with safe hands in the outfield. Thus calling him a great all-rounder or legendary all-rounder would not be unfair to anyone. Many critics would refer Gary Sobers as the greatest all rounder, but Kallis with his track record is not far behind.
Let’s consider his illustrious carrier. His Test record displays an amazing record, where he played 165 test matches, accumulating 13174 runs at an average of 55.12 with 44 centuries and 58 half centuries, as per the espncricinfo stats. He also took 292 wickets at an average of 32.53 and 199 catches also to his credit. He played 325 ODI matches, scored 11574 runs at an average of 44.86 with 17 centuries, 86 half centuries. He also took 273 ODI wickets and 129 catches. These record speaks the master he was at his work.
The world would be watching the Durban Test like the world watched the last Test of Sachin Tendulkar, because he is no less than Sachin (batting average of Kallis is higher than that of Tendulkar).
Retirement of Kallis would be a great loss to the cricketing world as a true legendary cricketer calls it a day.