Kallis believes there is nothing better than winning matches for South Africa
Veteran South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has announced that he is uninterested in being compared to some of the greatest cricketing names to have ever played the sport.
Kallis’ comments come after former Australia captain Ricky Ponting labelled him as Australia’s number one target in the current Test series and also after legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid stated that if West Indies batting great Sir Garfield Sobers was better than Kallis, then “he must have been one hell of a cricketer”.
Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who used to hold the same position in the South African camp a few years ago, also noted that Kallis was the second-best player in the history of the sport and was only behind the legendary Sir Donald Bradman.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Kallis as saying: “I’ve never been one that likes to compare players or eras, especially with the amount of cricket we play in this era compared with yesteryear, yesteryear’s players would have had some unbelievable achievements as well as they’d had the opportunity to play as much as we did. Obviously it’s an honour to be compared with those guys but I’ve never been one to worry too much about that sort of stuff.”
Kallis mentioned that he got a greater amount of satisfaction from winning matches for his country rather than being compared to legends of the game.
“I play the game of cricket because I love winning games of cricket, and contributing to winning games of cricket gives me the most satisfaction, rather than stats or who you’re being compared to,” Kallis added.