Shaun Pollock feels that the retiring Jacques Kallis is modern eras greatest all-rounder who can only be compared to contemporary legends like Sachin Tendulkar,Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara to name a few. In the modern era,he will go down as the greatest all-rounder,if not the cricketer. I cant compare with others that I didnt see play. I dont know what (Sir Garfield) Sobers was like. Kallis was certainly the greatest all-rounder of my generation, Pollock said.
The people you would be comparing him with would be Ricky Ponting,Sachin Tendulkar,Brian Lara and maybe Rahul Dravid as well. Lara for example,was more flamboyant. Sachin,we all know,went in at age 16,having the reputation that he did in India meant that he got a lot of accolades and brought a lot of attention to himself.
We appreciated him here. But maybe we didnt give him as much attention,didnt give him as many accolades as Ponting or Sachin got in Australia or India, said Pollock.
Pollock believes that Kallis was the man who raised the benchmark for the South African batsmen. He took it to a new level. Graeme Smith,Hashim Amla,AB de Villiers all the guys who have come after have set themselves new standards of what is a good average and what is to be achieved.
Pollock said Kallis knew how to channelise his anger and emotions with the right kind of performance. Often,he used to get motivated from an anger perspective. It was was always anger with a cause. Ill show them or give me the ball and Ill put something right kind of thing. He used to channel that energy in a good way.
On the other hand,it was also Kallis sense of humour that helped the team chase 434 in the one day game against Australia. When we lost the toss,they batted first. They came in the break having conceded 434 runs and I was sitting with coach Mickey (Arthur) and trying to come up with little targets that they could try and chase down. When they came in there was a bad atmosphere. Everyone was quiet. There was little that was said. It was still. No humour, Pollock recalled.
Jacques was the last man to come in. He was fielding at fine-leg. And as he walked in he said something along the lines of Well guys the bowlers have done the job. Theyre 10 runs short of what they should have got. Lets go and get it. And everyone burst out laughing because everyone knew that 434 wasnt really 10 runs short. But it turned out to be that way.