Panelists Decide On Sobers; Is Kallis Guaranteed The Second Position In The Ultimate XI?

By May 18, 2020
Leighton Levy

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  • Zone, Panel pick Pakistan Prime Minister ahead of fan-favourite Kallis Zone, Panel pick Pakistan Prime Minister ahead of fan-favourite Kallis

    Imran Khan is the allrounder of choice for the SportsMax Ultimate XI One-Day International team, so says a panel of experts and the SportsMax Zone.

    The two have combined to pick the current Prime Minister of Pakistan despite significant opposition from Fanalysts.

    According to Fanalysts, Jacques Kallis, who finished behind Garfield Sobers in the run-up to the Ultimate XI Test team, is the best ODI allrounder by a long way.

    Kallis’ statistics as shown in the Ultimate XI Profiles are impressive. With a 44.36 average with the bat, 17 centuries and 86 half-centuries, as well as 273 wickets at an average of 31.79 with the ball, it is not difficult to understand the fan’s choice.

    Imran Khan, on the other hand, averages 33.41 with the bat and 182 wickets at an average of 26.61 with the ball.

    The suggestion from the Zone and the panel is clearly they are going for a bowling allrounder with Khan versus the batting bent present in Kallis’ performances.

    In fact, Fanalysts do not even have Khan as a serious contender for a place in the Ultimate XI, with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, Australia’s Shane Watson, and England’s Andrew Flintoff, garnering more picks than the famed former Pakistan skipper.

    The zone and the panel have continued to play a three-legged race with their voting, so far agreeing on every segment of the XI.

    So far, the team of the panel reads Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar as openers; Virat Kohli, Viv Richards, and AB de Villiers as batsmen 3-5, Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the wicketkeeper, and Imran Khan as the allrounder.

    Fanalysts have, to date, come up with a slightly different team. They too, have gone with Sharma and Tendulkar at the top, but have decided on Lara to join Kohli and de Villiers in the middle order. The Fanalysts are in agreement with Dhoni as the overwhelming favourite for the wicketkeeping position but have chosen Kallis as their all-rounder.

    This evening, the panel and Zone will be picking their bowlers so tune into SportsMax at 4:30pm Eastern Standard Time or 5:30pm in the Eastern Caribbean. You can watch SportsMax on the SportsMax app, download it from the App Store or from Google Play.

    Remember, Fanalyst votes count for 40% of the overall vote for places in the Ultimate XI. Just go to the SportsMax.tv home page and click on the banner or click on this link.

  • On this day in sport: Warne's 'ball of the century', All Blacks run in record score On this day in sport: Warne's 'ball of the century', All Blacks run in record score

    Shane Warne made an indelible mark on the Ashes on this day in 1993.

    The future Australia great was introduced to cricket's greatest series in stunning fashion as England were set on their way to a painful defeat.

    Two years later, it was New Zealand's go to turn on the style on the same day in the calendar at the Rugby World Cup.

    There has also been June 4 delight for a British boxing favourite and despair for one of the greatest names in tennis.

    We take a look at the major sporting events to have happened on this day through the years.


    1993 - Warne delivers 'ball of the century'

    Warne is now renowned as a cricketing great, but he was making his Ashes debut on this day 27 years ago.

    While the series had started a day earlier with England taking the ball, the most memorable moment of the opening match at Old Trafford came when the hosts sought to build a reply to Australia's first-innings 289.

    The tourists could hardly have enjoyed a better start as Warne's first ever ball in an Ashes series deceived Mike Gatting and went down in folklore.

    The delivery pitched outside leg stump but turned sharply and clipped the top of off stump, setting Australia on their way to first a 179-run victory and then a 4-1 series win.

    Warne collected 34 Test wickets in all during the tour, the most of any player as he launched an outstanding Ashes career.


    1995 - Ellis scores six as All Blacks run riot

    Japan have impressed at recent Rugby World Cups, but their experience of the 1995 tournament on this day is one they would surely rather forget.

    Eventual finalists New Zealand romped to a 145-17 win in Bloemfontein, which was then a record margin of victory and is the most points scored by a team in a World Cup match

    Eric Rush opened the scoring in just the second minute and the 21-try All Blacks scarcely stopped.

    Rush ended with three tries, as did Jeff Wilson, but Marc Ellis stole the show with six - including a hat-trick in the opening 30 minutes.

    Simon Culhane, who also crossed, successfully dispatched 20 of his conversion attempts on a humbling day for Japan.
     

    2005 - Hatton stuns Tszyu to take title

    If everything went to script 10 years earlier in South Africa, the same was not true when Ricky Hatton took on Kostya Tszyu in Manchester.

    Hatton boasted a 38-0 record but was fighting for a major title - the IBF light-welterweight belt - for the first time against one of boxing's leading pound-for-pound fighters.

    The local lad held his own against the defending champion, however, even as each man landed illegal low blows.

    And with Hatton just ahead on the scorecards, Tszyu failed to return for the 12th round as his corner threw the towel in, securing a stunning upset.


    2016 - Muguruza off the mark as Serena stalls

    Garbine Muguruza reached her second major final at Roland Garros in 2016 and, as the previous year at Wimbledon, she was faced with the daunting task of taking down Serena Williams.

    However, Muguruza - beaten at the All England Club - claimed her first grand slam triumph in a display she would describe as "the perfect final".

    The Spaniard became French Open champion with a 7-5 6-4 success, showing character late in the first set and dictating the second to see off Serena.

    Williams had been bidding to tie Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 major titles and would only have to wait until a month later at Wimbledon to do so as she maintained a stunning run of form up until the birth of her daughter in 2017.

  • Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Jacques Kallis Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Jacques Kallis

    At no time has Jacques Kallis’ ability as an allrounder and the importance he had in the South African side of the late 1990s and early 2000s been more obvious than was the case when he faced the West Indies in the Wills International Cup.

    The competition, which later became known as the ICC Champions Trophy, featured Kallis in the semi-final singlehandedly dismissing the West Indies, first slamming 113 from 100 deliveries before bagging 5-30 with the ball to boot them from the tournament.

    He would perform feats of that nature for years to come, and at the World Cup in the Caribbean was South Africa’s leading scorer, notching 485 of them.

    But his ODI career, as was the case when he played Test cricket, started slowly. It took two years before he scored his first international ton in the format, scoring 111 against New Zealand at the WACA.

    While his strike rate of 72.89 could be higher, it could also be said that Kallis understood that his South Africa needed him to bat that way if they were to do well. His 11,579 runs perhaps tells a better story about Kallis’ importance to South Africa. Add that to his 273 wickets from 283 innings with the ball, and you have the stuff of legends.   

     

    Career Statistics

    ODI Career (batting): South Africa (1996-2014)

    Mat    Inns    NO     Runs      HS     Ave      BF          SR       100s    50s     4s      6s      Ct         

    328       314    53     11579     139    44.36    15885     72.89     17      86       911    137    131   

     

    ODI Career (bowling): South Africa (1996-2014)

    Mat    Inns    Balls       Runs      Wkts    BBI     BBM     Ave    Econ   SR       4w     5w     10w

    328      283    10750     8680       273      5/30    5/30     31.79   4.84   39.3       2        2         0

     

    Career highlights

    • Only player over 10,000 runs and 250 wickets in both ODIs and Tests
    • Involved in 50 century partnerships in his ODI career
    • 2nd player to have 10,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs
    • Has received 32 Man of the Match awards in ODIs
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