Monday, 30 December 2013

Milestones and Records achieved by Jacques Kallis in his Final Test Match

Jacques Henry Kallis, the greatest All-Rounder of modern Cricket bid adieu to his Test Career at Durban against India where he made his Test Debut vs England 18 years ago in 1995. Kallis was running out of form the whole year. Before taking field in his 166th and final Test of his career he was averaging just 17.63 in 7 tests and 12 innings he batted in 2013. It was a challenge for him to finish on top and make the test a memorable one. 

Kallis had lot of milestones and records to aim for in this period of 5 days as he being a complete cricketer who finds his name in all categories of milestones, statistics and records which not many claim for. Nevertheless great cricketers pass through some milestone in every match they play. 

'King' Kallis walks to bat in his last test through a guard of honour given by the Indian Team

Lets have a look at some of the Milestones and Records achieved by Jacques Kallis in his Final Test Match

# On the second day of the Test (27th Dec 2013), on the 5th ball of 108th over, Kallis caught Ravindra Jadeja off the bowling of JP Duminy to get his 200th Catch of his 166 match Test Career. He became only the second player to take 200 or more catches as non-wicketkeeper after Rahul Dravid who also took his 200th catch at the same venue exactly 3 years ago (27th December 2010). 

The catch was also his 336th in his International Career. It made him equal Rahul Dravid as the 3rd most number of catches as non-wicketkeeper in International Cricket. 

Most Catches as non-wicketkeeper in 
Test Cricket 
210 - Rahul Dravid
200 - Jacques Kallis
196 - Ricky Ponting
194 - Mahela Jayawardene
181 - Mark Waugh

International Cricket
409 - Mahela Jayawardene
364 - Ricky Ponting
336 - Rahul Dravid
336 - Jacques Kallis
306 - Stephen Fleming

Kallis taking a catch

# Jacques Kallis came to bat at No.4, his usual position, it was his 85th inning at No.4 in Tests at home. He overtook Jayawardene (84) to bat 2nd most number number of innings at No.4 in Tests at home. Only Sachin Tendulkar (138) is ahead of him. 

# On the 5th ball of 44th over, Kallis and AB de villiers completed 3000 partnerships runs between them. AB de Villiers is the 3rd batsman with whom Kallis have added 3000 or more partnership runs in Test Cricket. Other 2 being Hashim Amla (3923) and Gary Kirsten (3592).

# At South Africa's score of 163/3, Kallis and AB de Villiers added 50 runs for the 4th wicket. It was Kallis' 127th partnership of half century (50-99) in his Test career. He overcame Dravid and Sachin who both had 126 half century partnerships in their respective careers. 

# Kallis and de Villiers, on the 1st ball of 65th over, converted their 50 run partnership into a century stand and it was Kallis' 69th 100+ partnership in Tests. He left Chanderpaul (68) to the 5th position and is lead by Dravid (88), Sachin (86) and Ponting (85). 

# On the last ball of 86th over, Kallis had aggregated 28000 partnership runs, South Africa scored 28000 runs when Kallis was at the crease since 1995. It is the 3rd highest aggregate after India with Dravid (32010) and Tendulkar (31144). 

# Kallis added another 2 50+ partnerships in the inning, 58 with Duminy and 83 with Steyn, which summed to 128 partnerships in range of 50-99 and 69 100+ partnerships in his Test career. 

Some Numbers on Partnerships in Test Cricket

Kallis' Partnership Summary
Partners - 50
Partnerships - 613
Runs - 28121
Not Outs - 36
Avg - 48.40 
100s - 69
50s - 128
50+ - 197
Highest - 377*
Dismissals at Other End - 337

Most Partnership Runs in Test Cricket
32101 - Rahul Dravid
31144 - Sachin Tendulkar
28121 - Jacques Kallis
27245 - Ricky Ponting
25546 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Most Partnerships in Test Cricket
738 - Rahul Dravid
716 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul
675 - Sachin Tendulkar
617 - Allan Border
613 - Jacques Kallis

Most 50+ Partneships in Test Cricket
214 - Rahul Dravid
212 - Sachin Tendulkar
197 - Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting
167 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Allan Border

Most Dismissals at the Other End
481 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul
453 - Rahul Dravid
364 - Allan Border
350 - Sachin Tendulkar
348 - Steve Waugh
337 - Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis is the only player to add 1000+ runs with 10 different partners in Test Cricket. Next best are Chanderpaul and Ponting who have 1000+ partnership runs with 8 players each. 

# Jacques Kallis's half century in this inning was his 150th half century in International Career. 

# Kallis, when he reached 80 runs, completed 7000 Test Runs at Home. He became only the 3rd cricketer after Ponting (7578) and Tendulkar (7216) to reach the landmark. 

Most Test Runs at Home Venues
7578 - Ricky Ponting @ 56.97
7216 - Sachin Tendulkar @ 52.67
7035 - Jacques Kallis @ 56.73
6846 - Mahela Jayawardene @ 61.12
6217 - Brian Lara @ 58.65

# Kallis, when he reached 82 runs, completed 9000 Test Runs batting at No.4 in his 170th inning. After Sachin Tendulkar (13492) he is the only one to reach the milestone. Sachin Tendulkar scored 13492 in 275 innings.

Most Test Runs Batting at No.4
13492 - Sachin Tendulkar @ 54.40
9033 - Jacques Kallis @ 61.86
8656 - Mahela Jayawardene @ 52.46
7535 - Brian Lara @ 51.25
6925 - Javed Miandad @ 54.10

# Jacques Kallis' Century (115 off 316)

Kallis celebrating his 45th Test Century in his final Test match. 

* It was his 62nd International Century, 62nd First Class Century, 45th in Tests, 35th at No.4, 34th in Team's 1st Innings, 23rd at Home, 14th in Match's 2nd inning, 7th vs India, 1st in 2013. 

* Kallis with 23 Test Centuries at Home equaled Ponting's record of Most Test Centuries at Home.

Most Test 100s at Home Venues
23 - Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis
22 - Sachin Tendulkar, Mahela Jayawardene
21 - Matthew Hayden, Kumar Sangakkara

* Only 3 batsmen scored Test 100s vs India more than Kallis

8 - Garry Sobers, Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting
7 - Everton Weekes, Clive Lloyd, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jacques Kallis

* Kallis became the 34th batsman and 4th South African to score a century in career's last Test Match. 2 out of 3 other South African scored in South Africa's last test match before being banned from International Cricket and 1 was in the last match before the World War II.

125 PGV van der Bijl vs Eng, Durban, March 1939 
126 BA Richards vs Aus, Port Elizabeth, March 1970
102 BL Ervine vs Aus, Port Elizabeth, March 1970

* With this century in 2013, Kallis continued his long streak of scoring centuries in every single year in Tests since 1997 (the year in which he scored his first test 100). He is the only player to score a century every single year in last 17 years. Dravid did it for 15 years (1997 to 2011) and also Jayawardene (1998-2012) but he is yet to score a century this year to continue the sequence. 

* Kallis at score of 115 runs became the 3rd highest run getter in Test Cricket.
Leading Run Getters in Test Cricket
15921 - Sachin Tendulkar
13378 - Ricky Ponting
13289 - Jacques Kallis
13288 - Rahul Dravid
11953 - Brian Lara

* Kallis' strike rate in this inning was 36.39. It is his 4th lowest strike rate in a century inning. Other 3 are
31.50 - 109* (346) vs WI, Georgetown, March 2005
33.53 - 110 (328) vs WI, Cape Town, January 1999
36.20 - 101 (279) vs Aus, Melbourne, December 1997 (Maiden 100)

South Africa eventually went onto win this Test match by 10 wickets.

# This inning turned out to be 50th 50+ score for Jacques Kallis in Test Wins. Only Ricky Ponting (72) has more 50+ scores in Test wins. 

Most 50+ scores in Test wins 
72 (30 100s + 42 50s) - Ricky Ponting
50 (22 100s + 28 50s) - Jacques Kallis
50 (25 100s + 25 50s) - Steve Waugh
44 (20 100s + 24 50s) - Sachin Tendulkar
43 (15 100s + 28 50s) - Mark Waugh 

# Jacques Kallis, with the final win, featured in 53 Test wins for South Africa in South Africa. He equaled Glenn McGrath as the 2nd highest number wins at home. Only Ponting featured in more wins. 

Featuring in Most Test Wins at Home Venues
67 - Ricky Ponting
53 - Glenn McGrath, Jacques Kallis
52 - Sachin Tendulkar
49 - Steve Waugh, Shane Warne 

These all were just the records and milestones achieved by Kallis in his final Test Match. 

Finally, the Cricket World has seen the retirement of all the top 5 batting legends of the modern era in longer version of the game.

(All stats updated till 30th December 2013)