Kallis to move ahead of Dravid, Ponting in Tests

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Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 14:58 [IST]
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Johannesburg, Feb 13: South Africa's prolific batsman Jacques Kallis is just 184 runs short of overtaking India's Rahul Dravid and move to the third spot for most runs in Test cricket.

Kallis placed at fourth spot in the list of highest run-scorers in Tests, is breathing right down the neck of Rahul Dravid, who retired from international cricket last year. Kallis needs a mere 184 runs to overcome Rahul Dravid's tally of 13288 runs to be placed third in the list.

Kallis set to overtake Dravid, Ponting

At 37, Kallis seemed to be the most consistent batsman as he has added 944 runs off 9 matches with a highest score of 224 at an average of 67.42 in the year 2012.

Though the calendar year has not started quite well for the talented allrounder, since he has recorded only 125 runs off 3 matches at an average of 31.25, the next two matches against Pakistan would give him an opportunity to surpass Rahul Dravid's tally of 13288 Test runs (164 Tests).

With 13,105 runs from 161 Test appearances, Jacques Kallis could move to the third spot during the on-goign Test series against Pakistan. Kallis could be on a record-breaking spree this season, if he gets 274 runs in the series, which would see him move ahead of Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting, to be placed second in the list.

Ponting has recorded 13,378 (168 Tests) during his career, and is placed second, behind India's Sachin Tendulkar with 15,645 runs from 194 Tests.

Tendulka, turning 40 this April could feel the pressure if Kallis overtakes the other two legends in the next couple of weeks. Though he is placed well ahead of Kallis as the difference is over 2000 runs, the 37-year-old could compete with Sachin if he wishes to prolong his cricketing career.

Moreover, the South African is just 12 wickets short of reaching 300 Test wickets as he could try and achieve that during the two Test matches against Pakistan.


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