No list of ‘the greatest of all time’ in cricket would be complete without the names of AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis on there. Now would it? Legendary former Australian captain Michael Clarke has named his list of the seven best batsmen he played with or against in his glittering career.
The two South Africans, Kallis and de Villiers featured prominently as part of Clarke’s list. The others named by Clarke were Brian Lara (West Indies), Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli (both India), his fellow-countryman Ricky Ponting as well as Sri Lankan great, Kumar Sangakkara. The former Aussie skipper was speaking on the country’s radio show, Big Sports Breakfast.
Clarke, a veteran of 115 Test and 245 ODIs, spoke volumes of de Villers and the incredible ability he possessed for dominating play. “I’m hoping he comes back and plays for South Africa again. [He is a] superstar – can bat anywhere in the order… Dominates T20 cricket and can score runs anywhere around the ground.”
He described Kallis as the greatest all-rounder he ever played against. “The impact he had against Australia; the way he was able to score runs against our attack was extraordinary,” he said.
Clarke scored 8 643 Tests runs at an average of 49.10 and 7 981 runs at 44.58 in ODIs. In the 34 T20Is he played for Australia between 2005 and 2010, Clarke scored 488 runs at an average of 21.21 at strike rate of 103.17.