Kallis- An Unsung Legend

Jacques Henry Kallis has bid adieu to test cricket after 18 years of playing at the highest level. He will still continue playing ODI’s for South Africa till the 2015 world cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand.

Many of the cricket pundits argue that Kallis is the greatest all-rounder to have ever played this game and easily amongst the all-time greats.

Let us do some number crunching before coming to any conclusions.

Let us first see Kallis’s combined batting and bowling records in all forms of cricket

Format

Matches

Runs

Average

Centuries

Wickets

Bowl Average

MoM

MoS

Test

166

13289

55.75

45

292

32.53

23

9

ODI’s

325

11574

44.86

17

273

31.79

32

6

T20

25

666

35.05

0

12

27.75

2

0

Overall

516

25529

49.73

62

577

32.08

57

15

He is the only player in the history of the game to have scored more than 25,000 runs and taken more than 500 wickets. Add to that more than 250 catches surely places him on the top of all-rounders list to have played cricket.

Now let us have an apple to apple comparison of Kallis with some other great all-rounders of cricket.

All-rounders in Test cricket with minimum 2000 runs and 100 wickets. 

Player

Matches

Runs

Average

Wkts

Bowl Average

Avg Diff

Gary Sobers (WI)

93

8032

57.78

235

34.03

23.74

Jacques Kallis (SA)

166

13289

55.75

292

32.53

23.22

Imran Khan (Pak)

88

3807

37.69

362

22.81

14.88

Keith Miller (Aus)

55

2958

36.97

170

22.97

13.99

Shaun Pollock (SA)

108

3781

32.31

421

23.11

9.19

Trevor Goddard (SA)

41

2516

34.46

123

26.22

8.23

Tony Greig (Eng)

58

3599

40.43

141

32.2

8.23

Ian Botham (Eng)

102

5200

33.54

383

28.4

5.14

Richard Hadlee (NZ)

86

3124

27.16

431

22.29

4.86

Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)

32

2105

36.92

113

32.62

4.3

Chris Cairns (NZ)

62

3320

33.53

218

29.4

4.13

Wilfred Rhodes (Eng)

58

2325

30.19

127

26.96

3.22

Kapil Dev (Ind)

131

5248

31.05

434

29.64

1.4

Trevor Bailey (Eng)

61

2290

29.74

132

29.21

0.52

If we have a look at the players in the above list, Kallis is only second to the great Sir Gary Sobers if the comparison is based on the difference of batting and bowling averages of the all-rounders.

Note: Batting average should be as high as possible and the reverse should be for bowling average. So the average difference between both the averages should be as high as possible in order to make one a great all-rounder.

It is also said that a true test of a player is seen in overseas conditions. So let us have a look at some comparisons of all-rounders in overseas conditions.

All-rounders in Test cricket away from home (1000 runs, 100 wickets) 

Player

Matches

Runs

Average

Wkts

Bowl Avg

Avg Diff

Jacques Kallis (SA)

78

6254

53.91

127

35.3

18.6

Gary Sobers (WI)

49

3957

50.73

128

33.96

16.76

Shaun Pollock (SA)

49

1859

36.45

186

25.68

10.76

Imran Khan (Pak)

50

2267

33.83

199

25.76

8.07

Richard Hadlee (NZ)

43

1623

25.35

230

21.72

3.63

Ian Botham (Eng)

43

2231

31.87

157

29.63

2.24

Richie Benaud (Aus)

34

1123

24.95

144

24.35

0.6

In overseas conditions Kallis tops the list of all-rounders with a difference of batting and bowling average of 18.6

A player who performs well and helps his team win is considered great. Let us look at some statistics of some all-rounders depicting their performance in their team’s victories.

Top all-rounders in Test win (1000 runs and 50 wickets) 

Player

Mts

Runs

Avg

Wkts

Bowl Avg

Avg Diff

Gary Sobers (WI)

31

3097

77.42

104

24.04

53.37

Jacques Kallis (SA)

81

6264

62.01

182

24.31

37.7

Tony Greig (Eng)

17

1064

53.2

59

20.84

32.35

Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

40

2801

48.29

54

24.38

23.9

Keith Miller (Aus)

31

1779

43.39

113

19.6

23.78

Ian Botham (Eng)

33

1951

43.35

172

20.09

23.25

Shaun Pollock (SA)

49

1427

32.43

223

18.3

14.13

Chaminda Vaas (SL)

43

1388

35.58

166

22.63

12.95

Daniel Vettori (NZ)

33

1340

34.35

127

21.92

12.43

Andrew Flintoff (Eng)

30

1572

39.3

92

29

10.3

In this list also Kallis stands at the 2nd position after Sir Gary Sobers with an average difference of 37.7

In the modern era many great all-rounders have played all forms of cricket. So below is a comparison of some of the greats with their combined record in all forms of the game. 

Player

Matches

Runs

Average

Wickets

Bowl Average

Avg Diff

Jacques Kallis

516

25529

49.73

577

32.08

17.65

Imran Khan

263

7516

35.45

544

24.08

11.36

Shane Watson

260

9484

37.93

266

29.39

8.54

Steve Waugh

493

18496

41.65

287

35.56

6.09

Lance Klusener

220

5482

37.8

272

32.29

5.51

Shaun Pollock

423

7386

28.73

829

23.73

5

Shakib Al Hasan

187

6321

33.62

307

29.54

4.07

Andrew Flintoff

227

7315

31.39

400

29.23

2.16

Ian Botham

218

7313

29.72

528

28.44

1.28

As we can see that Kallis tops the list if combined records of all forms of cricket is taken with the highest average difference of 17.65 over 516 international matches.

If we were to compare Kallis with the highest test run getters than there also we can see that Kallis has been a valued performer for his team. He is the 3rd highest test run getter and along with that also taken almost 300 wickets and 200 catches. 

Player

Matches

Runs

Average

Centuries

Wickets

Bowl Average

Sachin Tendulkar

200

15921

53.78

51

46

54.17

Ricky Ponting

168

13378

51.85

41

5

55.2

Jacques Kallis

166

13289

55.75

45

577

32.08

Rahul Dravid

164

13288

52.31

36

1

39

Brian Lara

131

11953

52.88

34

0

Chanderpaul

153

11219

51.93

29

9

98.11

Allan Border

156

11174

50.56

27

39

39.1

Steve Waugh

168

10927

51.06

32

92

37.44

Mahela Jayawardena

138

10806

49.56

31

6

49.5

Kumar Sangakara

117

10486

56.98

33

0

Sunil Gavaskar

125

10122

51.12

34

1

206

Recently the little master Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket after playing for 24 years and there were huge celebrations and hoopla around the event. Many cricket pundits labelled it as unnecessary and termed it as marketing gimmick. Now that Kallis has announced his retirement and we do not see any such fuss, their point seems more than correct.

But in favour of Sachin’s case we can say that he was a sub-continent (Indian) player whose fans are very emotional about the sport and consider it as a religion more than a spot. Also Sachin was worshipped like a God in India and hence such events had taken place. South African people are not that emotional and so they have decided to give Kallis a comparatively silent farewell.

Kallis has always been the unsung hero in cricket and we sometimes feel that he has not received the due credit he should have got. More often than not he got overshadowed by Sachin, Ponting, Dravid and Lara. But if we go by the numbers, he is by no means a less player and is definitely the greatest all-rounder to have played the game of cricket. He has been a great role model and ambassador for South African cricket and will always be remembered.

Managing public perception

ToI dated 27th December has 3 big headline news.

1)Central govt initiating probe againt ‘snoopgate’ controversy

2)Metropolitan court effectively giving clean chit to Narendra Modi

3)Adarsh related news.

Any news related to Modi is huge considering how obsessed the media is with him. Earlier negative news against him have been splashed around. Would have been inreresting to see how the headline would have been structured had the case gone against him. This news although front page shares space with the others with the first news item in bold.

Now anything that a lame duck government does should and correctly so be discounted and relegated to the back pages. But this item appears alongside a major news item and too in bold thus attaching the same importance as the other and in the process diluting the other.

These are subtle yet so very powerful differences which i am sure is discussed at length by the editorials team. 

Modi related story concerns killings in the gulbarga society during 2002 riots. The metropolitan court has shot down a petition by the window of ex – Cong mla ehsan jaffri to junk SC appointed SIT which found no wrong doing by Modi. The court says the foll:

– No evience prima facie agsinst Modi

– Events not serious enough to be called as ” ethnic cleansing and genocide”

– Godhra train burning not a conspiracy by Modi & Co.

– Called the army on time

– Police was deployed and if required curfew was clamped. He addressed people and appealed for peace through Doordarshan.

– No derecliction of duty on part of Modi.

– IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s testimony has been junked as being “untrustworthy”.

– Endorses the Supreme Court appointed SIT report which stated that Modi took steps in a short time to bring situation under control. 

The above remarks by court are huge and a stinging rebuke to the nay sayers who have been parroting motivated statements against one person without evidence. The case has drawn enormous amount of attention and is probably India‘s most high profile riot case. Other riot cases are sadly gathering dust anf nobody cares. If only the UPA govt shows interest interest in reviving those then it would earn goodwill of the people.

Congress losing 4 state elections has made it all the more desperate. Taking modi headon on governance or economics would be a lose lose proposition. So raking old events and raising phoney issues is their last chance.

This case is moving and rightly so towards closure. Over the years there have been convictions, even ministers have been prosecuted. I believe no other riots case has had it.

Riots are a sad reality of modern india which need to be dealt with strongly. Media have a responsibility of reporting news as it is. However, nowadays lines have blurred. They need to careful or else would lose credibility in their over enthusiasm to act as arbitrator. Credibility is the only thing it has on its side.

 

A look back @ 2013

As the year draws to a close, the post looks back at 2013, the year of inception of this blog. So far so good. The progress has been steady. Response encouraging. All thanks to the viewers and followers. 

Following were some memorable moments from the year,

Sports:

1)Murray winning the wimbledon not only ensured that the monkey was off the back of not only Murray himself but also Britishers. What with no briton winning the wimbledon in the last 70+ years. It also fastened the process Federer’s decline. It ensured that he joins the ranks of Djokovic & Nadal as the new big gun of tennis.

2)Sachin Tendulkar & Sir Alex Ferguson retirement: One as player & the other as manager broke all possible records. Respected by fans & opponents alike both took their respective teams to the top. Both exhibited tremendous longevity in highly competitive sports. Both these legends retiring would leave gaping holes in their respective teams.

3) On the other hand, Lance Armstrong, formerly champion cyclist, was found guilty of systematic doping and cheating. Fixing scandals in IPL, italian football were serious lows.

Financial markets:

1)Tapering first announced around May 2013 sent the rupee into a tailspin. Choking the money markets by hiking the MSF rates by 200 bps to 300 bps over the indian operational policy rate by effected by Subbarao. It required the freshly minted Reserve bank guv Raghuram Rajan some old fashioned interest subvention / subsidy scheme in the form of the modified version of FCNR ( B ) or is it the old FCNR ( A ) window to stabilise the rupee. Not surprisingly $ 35 billion was garnered. 

2) Yellen was announced successor to Bernanke who led the US economy out of recession. 

3) Shinzo Abe & Haruhiko Kuroda teamed up to put Japanese economy through steroids to yank it out of deflation trap. Buy Japanese govt debt to drive down long term rate and pressurise the Yen. The wise men essentially aim to set in inflationary expectations to stimulate the economy. Nikkei responded by scaling 6 yr highs.

Politcs:

1) Mandela, Thatcher, Chavez passed away this year.

2) Rahul Gandhi & Narendra Modi assumed the stewardship of their respected political parties. Modi despite opposition from ” intellectual” junta was annointed pm candidate.

Movies:

1) Ship of Thesus: If one replaces all parts of a ship until all parts are replaced, does it remain the same ship? Deeply philosophical this film brilliantly portrayed by newcomers has to be the movie of the year.

2) Gravity: How does space walk feel like? This movie in 3D brilliantly captures space. With space debris wreaking havoc, this movie should be one of the contenders for this years Oscars.

Seasons greetings from MidnightBreakfast to its viewers and followers.

Ashes regained and how

Australia won the third test match in Perth and by doing so regained the Ashes in just 14 days which England had held for 1577 days. They avoided a 4th straight Ashes loss.

But if we look at the three tests then we could say that Australia’s victories these series have been far more commanding than those of England against them. England have not only been beaten on the field but also off it.

England have been outclassed in terms of planning and their execution. They have also been defeated in the minds which is proved by the exit of Trott after the 1st match and shocking retirement of Swann after the 3rd match. Questions are also been asked about the other senior players presence in the team.

English media has always questioned other teams guts to fight it out in the middle but after the magnitude of their sides defeats this series they have questioned their own teams appetite for a fight.

Australia have had their downs themselves but they have shown us what a combined team effort and willingness to fight out can do.

Now England can only hope to give a good performance in the next two tests to prove their critics wrong and play for their pride. If they do that then the last two matches will be a treat to watch for all cricket lovers.

Mid Quarter Review of Monetary Policy – Comments

Against Midnightbreak expectations of a 50 bps hike in repo rates, and wide market expectations of a 25 bps hike, RBI refrained from hiking policy rates.

Its policy doc states, other than the mundane global economic performance, that it would seek more data before taking further steps as it would like to see the effects of its earlier hikes. It added that the recent stabilisation of the rupee around 61 – 62 would have disinflationary effects of its own. It mentions that some of the factors causing the most recent spike in consume prices are seasonal, read vegetable inflation in the food inflation category. Midnightbreakfast had highlighted it here http://wp.me/p3FAl7-ee It further states that it wouldnt hesitate in hiking policy rates even in between policy reviews if it found evidence of further upside risks to inflation. Fair enough.  

Guv Rajan had started off with a bang by hiking policy rates by 25 bps in his very first reveiw of monetary policy as Guv of RBI. His comments then as well as those which followed later were fairly hawkish exhibiting his resolve to tame the inflation monster, albeit food inflation primarily, through monetary policy. The thing which was lacking in his predecessor’s conduct of monetary policy according to our opinion, assertiveness and unambiguous inflation targeting, seemed to be getting addressed by Guv Rajan. Markets which were running ahead of his predecessor suddenly were waiting and watching for the present governor’s next move. In this respect, the governor seemed to have been winning at managing expectations of the market participants with respect to his resolve to fight inflation. A 50 bps hike this time would have had a sledge hammer like effect on inflationary expectations. This along with the seasonal nature of some components of the food inflation would have helped in curtailing inflation. Also, by hiking now, the hanging sword of further hikes would have been gone.

By not hiking rates, he now risks the momentum which had built up in his favor to tackle inflation to subside. Any household survey of inflation expectations would show the entrenched nature of the current inflation in India. And inflation expectations are rooted in current inflation rate.

Also, the recent decision of the US Fed to scale back its bond buying by $ 10 billion would again start pressuring our currency. So, rather than being reactive, a proactive approach was required.

 

Midnightbreakfast stands by its argument of greater hawkishness which was required in monetary policy actions in the recently concluded mid quarter reveiw of monetary policy to slay the inflation monster. 

Eike Batista flagship OGX seeks re – structuring deal with its creditors

MidnightBreakfast had earlier highlighted the spectacular fall of Eike Batista’s empire here http://wp.me/p3FAl7-2J His flagship Oil company OGX which has since then filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors has reached an agreement to re – structure part of its debt and convert it into equity thus diluting the stakes of existing equity holder down to 10%.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303849604579278723690535060 Essentially the creditors are to make a fresh infusion of cash into the company in exchange for equity and hope that company turns around its fortune. This plan is to be submitted to a bankruptcy court in Rio before January 24, 2014.