Adelaide: While commentating during the fourth Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide on Tuesday, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said that he rates Jacques Kallis as the most effective player in Test cricket - even ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting, who have scored more runs than Kallis.
The discussion was initiated when Ponting became only the third player to score 13,000 Test runs behind India's duo of Tendulkar and Dravid. Ponting, batting in his 275th innings, achieved the landmark when he scored his 81st run with a single. The former Australian skipper then went on to complete his 41st hundred.
"Definitely Kallis," replied Ganguly when asked who - among Tendulkar, Dravid, Ponting and Kallis - he thinks has been the most effective in Test cricket .
Tendulkar – the quickest batsman to reach 13,000 Test runs - currently leads the list of top run-getters in Test cricket with 15,432. Kallis is currently fourth in the list with 12,260 runs in 150 Tests at an average of 57.02. He has also taken 274 wickets, making him statistically the best allrounder ever.
Tendulkar also holds the record of most Test centuries with 51. Kallis and Ponting are closest to him with 41 each.
Top five Test run-getters:
Sachin Tendulkar: 15,432
Rahul Dravid: 13,262
Ricky Ponting: 13,033*
Jacques Kallis: 12,260
Brian Lara: 11,953
*Innings still underway