Kallis is a 'selfish cricketer' says Oz greats

Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 13:06 [IST]
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Kallis is selfish, boring, say Aussie greats

Melbourne: Kallis may boast of the best statistics of among all rounders but players refuse to place South African allrounder in the league of great cricketers -India's Kapil Dev, West Indies' Sir Gary Sobers, Pakistan's Imran Khan or England's Ian Botham.

Kallis has scored 9801 runs in 125 Tests at an average of 55.06 and taken 245 wickets at a highly respectable 30.92. He has scored 30 centuries, but never made a double hundred.

The figures are well ahead of Sobers, who made 8032 runs at 57.78 in 93 Tests and took 235 wickets at 34.03, to be widely regarded as the game's greatest allrounder.

But Kallis is a "selfish cricketer", feels Keith Stackpole, who scored seven tons in 43 Tests as an opener.

"He doesn't rate against players such as Gary Sobers, Imran Khan, Keith Miller, Adam Gilchrist, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev and Ian Botham," he was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'.

"You watch him bat and you are left with the feeling he bats for his average. And you ask yourself, 'Would I have wanted to play with him?'. The answer is no because he plays for himself," he added.

Former Test quick Rodney Hogg, who played against Sobers, Imran, Hadlee, Botham, Kapil, Malcolm Marshall and Clive Rice, feels Kallis lacks against Australians.


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