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South African cricketer Jacques Kallis calls it a day
The second Test match between India and South Africa will hold an important place in the history of South African cricket. One of their favourite sons, Jacques Kallis will be playing his final Test match, bringing down the curtain on his glittering career. The second Test match starts today on 26th December 2013 at Durban.

In the era of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Muralitharan, Anil Kumble, the South African has been one of the most under-rated cricketer. However, he is an ambassador of the English game and probably one of the finest all-rounders to have played the game. It is a debatable one.

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There are two types of all rounder - bowling and batting all-rounder. In case of bowling all-rounders, they are genuine bowlers who has the ability to bat well. All legendary all-rounders like Kapil Dev, Imran khan, Ian Botham and Richard Hadlee were genuine bowlers at first place who also batted well. Similarly batting all-rounders are genuine batsmen who can bowl well. Greg Chappel, Allan Boarder are some names which crop up in this bracket.

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.

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