Friday, February 27, 2009

Thanks Jacques

Thank you Jacques Kallis, for keeping your celebrations over reaching the 10,000 run mark so demure. I found Dravid's triumphant, hands held aloft, Olympian exultation at reaching the same mark last year at Chennai in very poor taste, especially since his innings had completely and totally bogged down India on the fourth day. Celebrations over these individual landmarks are most tasteful when done in as dignified fashion as possible. I don't mind the hoopla over centuries; they are, after all, contributing to a large team total at that point. But aggregate records, which are a recognition of your longevity and consistency need to be tackled a bit more tastefully. In Kallis' case, he also probably recognized that plenty of work needs to be done as RSA struggle at 17-2 facing an Aussie total of 466.

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2 Comments:

OpenID nestaquin said...

Kallis is a class act and not one to boast. If he were English or Indian he'd be lauded on an hourly basis as the greatest cricketer since Bradman.

He definitely is the best South African player since the demolition of apartheid and without doubt the finest allrounder of his generation.

Her's to seeing him bring up 11,000!

12:48 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Nesta: If he were English or Indian, he'd also be regularly pilloried as the worst ever - for every failure! But to return to your main point: Kallis is indeed one of the modern greats. Underappreciated in some ways for sure.

1:29 AM  

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