IPL History: 10 Finest Overseas Players of All-Time
- Chris Gayle has been one of the finest overseas batsmen to feature in IPL
#8 Jacques Kallis
With over 20,000 runs and 300 wickets in international cricket, Jacques Kallis can easily be considered one of the greatest all-rounders to ever play the game. He was the exact definition of an all-rounder. He was exceptional with the bat and ball in hand.
The South African all-rounder was known for his classy style of batting. He could time the ball perfectly well and his placement was good too. Hence, Kallis managed to adapt to the shortest format of the game quite well.
The Protean first played in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for three seasons (2008-2010). While with RCB, he opened the batting and scored a decent amount of runs at the top of the order.
In fact, his best IPL season with the bat came in 2010 when he scored 572 runs in 16 matches. He was also quite useful with the ball although he didn’t pick up as many wickets as he would’ve liked.
Kallis would then go on to play for Kolkata Knight Riders for four seasons (2011-2014). His good form with the bat continued and his form with the ball also improved considerably. It was with KKR that he picked up his best bowling figures of 13/3.
In 2014, he played his last IPL match. Currently, Kallis has settled into a coaching role within KKR and it looks like he is enjoying his new role.Published 17 Mar 2019, 09:56 IST