With Jacques Kallis retiring from one-day cricket, and thus ending his international career, we do a comparative study of Kallis and other prominent all-rounders who played in his era.
Jacques Kallis: The South African all-rounder played 328 matches, and scored 11,579 runs with a highest of 139 at an average of 44.3 with 17 hundreds and 86 fifties. His strike rate was 73. With the ball, he claimed 273 wickets, with a best of 5 for 30 at an average of 31.8. Kallis finished with two five-wicket and two four-wicket hauls. He had an economy rate of 4.8, and a strike rate of 39.
Lance Klusener: Kallis’ fellow all-rounder, Zulu played 171 matches, and scored 3573 runs with a highest of 103 not out, and an average of 41. He scored two hundreds and 19 fifties during his career. Klusener’s strike rate during his career was excellent at 90. With the ball, Klusener claimed 192 wickets with a best of 6 for 49 at an average of 29.5. The all-rounder picked up six five-wicket hauls and one four-wicket haul during his career. He had an economy rate of 4.7 and a strike rate of 38.
Chris Cairns: The former New Zealand all-rounder played 215 ODIs and scored 4950 runs with a highest of 115 and an average of 29.4. Cairns scored four hundreds and 26 fifties during his career. He maintained an impressive strike rate of 84. With the ball, Cairns claimed 201 wickets with a best of 5 for 42 at an average of 32.8. He picked up one five-wicket haul and three four-wicket hauls during his career. He had an economy rate of 4.8 and a strike rate of 40.
Sanath Jayasuriya: The former Sri Lanka all-rounder played a mammoth 445 ODIs and amassed 13430 runs at an average of 32.3 with a highest of 189. Jayasuriya blasted 28 hundreds and as many as 68 fifties during his ODI career. He maintained a strike rate of 91.2 throughout his career. With the ball, he managed to claim 323 wickets at an average of 36.7 with a best of 6 for 29. Jayasuriya finished with four five-wicket hauls and eight four-wicket hauls during his career. Jayasuriya had a strike rate of 46 and an economy rate of 4.8.
Shahid Afridi: The Pakistan all-rounder has so far featured in 378 ODIs and has scored 7619 runs at a poor average of 23.4 with a highest of 124. He has six hundreds and 36 fifties to his credit. Afridi has a magnificent strike rate of 115.6. With the ball, Afridi has picked up 378 wickets with a wonderful best of 7 for 12 and an average of 33.8. Afridi already has nine five-wicket and four four-wicket hauls to his credit. He has an economy rate of 4.6 and a decent strike rate of 44.
--By A Cricket Analyst