he did it!
over the weekend jacques kallis scored 131 which saw his ranking jump up another 14 points, and he is now ranked 9th in the all-time highest rankings!
1. D.G. Bradman AUS 961 v India, 06/02/1948
2. L. Hutton ENG 945 v West Indies, 30/03/1954
3. R.T. Ponting AUS 942 v England, 01/12/2006
3. J.B. Hobbs ENG 942 v Australia, 19/08/1912
5. P.B.H. May ENG 941 v Australia, 23/08/1956
6. I.V.A. Richards WI 938 v England, 27/03/1981
6. G.S. Sobers WI 938 v India, 13/01/1967
6. C.L. Walcott WI 938 v Australia, 11/06/1955
9. M.L. Hayden AUS 935 v England, 07/11/2002
9. J.H. Kallis SA 935 v New Zealand, 18/11/2007
here i was just hoping that jacques kallis would bat above his average and then he goes and hits another century. thats now his 5th in four matches! i was excited at the prospect of him breaking into the top 10 rankings, but the fact that he’s done it with another century is a very sweet cherry on top of that cake. not least of all because where rankings might be debated, centuries speak for themselves.
the significance of scoring a hundred is indisputable – it is the benchmark of a great innings. you can bat how well, but if you only reach 99 and no-one will remember it afterward. batsmen can also perform consistently and have a high average, but if they don’t score hundreds they will never earn any respect. by that same logic, batsmen who score many hundreds are revered.
predictably statistics regardings hundreds permeate the game. there are statistics for most hundreds scored, hundreds on debut and hundreds on a player’s hundredth match – you get the picture. a stat that i like is the most hundreds scored by a player in consecutive matches. i have a lot of admiration for the consistency which batsmen show in being able to score a hundred runs in consecutive matches. the record is held by donald bradman, who scored a hundred for 6 matches in a row. behind him are mohammad yousuf and our very own jacques kallis who scored a hundred for 5 matches in a row. and my boy kallis may just do it again!
yes – his hundred against new zealand was the fourth match in a row in which he achieved the feat and were he to score a hundred against the west indies come boxing day and he’d have scored a hundred for 5 matches in a row twice! now that is a record that would make me very happy: bradman with his 6 and behind him yousuf and kallis with their 5s – and kallis having done it twice!
whether he makes it or not doesn’t matter too much, of course, its just a very nice stat. but he has broken into the top 10 all-time rankings and that certainly is significant.
and, records aside, i must just say i am pleased as punch with the form kallis is in at the moment. i have followed him throughout his career and never have i seen him play this well. regardless of him reaching records and being in all-time top 10s, kallis’ play at the moment is a joy to watch, and just to witness it is a wonderful! boxing day can’t come soon enough! 🙂