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

There was not much dissension when a panel of experts selected India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be the man they put forward as the Ultimate ODI XI wicketkeeper.

Dhoni got the better of players like Australia’s Adam Gilchrist, the Ultimate XI Test wicketkeeper, and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.

The clincher, for both the panel and the Zone, is Dhoni’s ability, not with the gloves, but to figure out what course of action to take in a run chase and largely come out on the winning side.

It was revealed on the SportsMax Zone yesterday that Dhoni has had successful run chases with him at the crease for India 96% of the time. Chances are if Dhoni is at the crease, India will win.

That was more important to the panel than the tremendous glovework of South Africa’s Mark Boucher, or the pinch-hitting ability of Adam Gilchrist. Those two are considered the greatest wicketkeepers of all time. However, the panel believes Dhoni is the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman the ODI game has ever seen.

More important than the panel and the Zone, are the Fanalysts, so says the weighting around the votes.

Fanalysts have 40% of the vote for who gets into SportsMax’s Ultimate XI, with the panel and the Zone, enjoying 30% each.

With that 40% of the votes, the Fanalysts have chosen to agree with the Zone and the panel for the most part. Yesterday was no exception.

In fact, Dhoni’s 46.29% to Kumar Sangakkara’s 17.14% of the votes represents the biggest margin of victory since the Ultimate XI began two months ago.

With that pick, the Fanalysts team so far includes Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar as openers, Virat Kohli, Brian Lara, and AB de Villiers as the middle order, and Dhoni as the wicketkeeper.

The Zone and panel, however, have gone with Viv Richards in the place of Lara.

This evening, the panel and Zone will be voting on the Ultimate ODI team’s allrounder, with Fanalysts already seeming to decide on Jacques Kallis.

Ian Healy’s hard work and will to succeed, complemented by an undying loyalty to his teammates made him the pulse of the Australian team from October 14, 1988, when he began his ODI career, until May 25, 1997 when he played in his last one.

Healy was an aggressive runner between the wickets when he batted and despite not having all the big shots, was more than a handful for many a bowler who expected to be rid of the Australian innings soon after he came to the crease.

His quality as a wicketkeeper was always good, bearing in mind the penchant Australia had for finding real quicks for international duty. But that quality was never more on display as he kept wicket to the big-turning Shane Warne. In fact, his very nasal, “bowling Warnie,” became a signature sound, not just in Australian cricket, but the world around. Many young boys can be recalled mimicking ‘well bowled Warnie’ even though there was never another Warne at the other end. The partnerships between himself and Glen McGrath, Jason Gillespie, and Warne yielded many a wicket, the man named to Australia’s team of the 20th century claiming 233 scalps.


Career Statistics

Full name: Ian Andrew Healy

Born: April 30, 1964, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Queensland

Major teams: Australia, Queensland

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper


ODI Career: Australia (1988-1997)

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

168      120     36      1764    56     21.00   2104   83.84      0        4    77     5       194         39


Career Highlights

  • 7th most dismissals in ODIs (233)
  • Completed 194 catches and 39 stumpings
  • Scored 1764 runs at an average of 21.00

Peter Jeffrey Dujon was as stylish with the bat as he was with the gloves. Many have called his efforts behind the stumps when the West Indies bowled a four-pronged pace attack of magnificent stature, one of the most spectacular sights of the 1980s.

Not usually required to score heavily for the West Indies from his place in the lower order, Duj never scored an ODI century but had six half-centuries, inclusive of 82 not out. Playing at a time when the scoring rate in ODIs was little better than Test cricket, Dujon’s strike rate of 67.51 was not slow, even if his average of 23.15 was a little low for a batsman of his quality. From behind the stumps he managed 204 dismissals, 21 of those stumpings.


Career Statistics

Full name: Peter Jeffrey Leroy Dujon

Born: May 28, 1956, Kingston, Jamaica

Major teams: West Indies, Jamaica

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper


ODI Career: West Indies (1981 – 1991)

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

169     120      36     1945      82*    23.15   2881   67.51      0       6      183    21


Career Highlights

  • 11th most dismissals in ODIs (204)
  • Had 183 catches and 21 stumpings in 169 ODIs
  • Scored 1,945 runs in ODIs at an average of 23.15
  • scored six half-centuries in ODIs

“Shabash shabash!” were common sounds coming through stump mics around the world whenever Pakistan were playing. That was because Moin Khan was Pakistan’s wicketkeeper, urging his bowler along with a hearty ‘well done!’. Moin was the pulse of the Pakistan team throughout the 1990s and his influence made them a competitive unit. Batting with the lower order Moin never managed an ODI century but his 12 fifties, including 72 in his final year of international cricket, always seemed to come when Pakistan needed it most. As a wicketkeeper, Moin was sharp enough to snaffle up 287 victims in his 219 ODI games.


Career Statistics

Full name: Mohammad Moin Khan

Born: September 23, 1971, Rawalpindi, Punjab

Major teams: Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan International Airlines

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper


ODI Career: Pakistan (1990-2004)

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

219     183      41     3266     72*    23.00    4017    81.30       0       12     218    61     214    73


Career Highlights

  • 5th most dismissals in ODIs (287)
  • 214 catches and 73 stumpings in 219 ODIs
  • Scored 3,266 runs in ODIs at an average of 23.00
  • 12 ODI half-centuries

Romesh Kaluwitharana debuted in Sri Lanka’s One-Day International team in 1990 against India but did not bad as his side, chasing down 136, romped to victory on the back of Aravinda de Silva’s unbeaten 63. Then, Kalu was considered a wicketkeeper who could bat a bit, but with no partner for Roshan Mahanama at the top of the order, his chance would come. Kaluwitharana would forge an opening partnership with another person thought to be unlikely to suit the spot, Sanath Jayasuriya. The partnership was legendary, transforming the ODI game completely, as the batsmen blasted the opposition off the park in the first 15 overs of the game when generally, openers were looking to solidify themselves at the crease in the hopes of continuing on to a big score. The two were fearless and their exploits made for a romping 1996 World Cup victory. His opportunities diminished after 2000 and the arrival of Kumar Sangakkara, but he still managed to distinguish himself as a wicketkeeper in the ODI game with more than 200 dismissals.


Career Statistics

Full name: Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana

Born: November 24, 1969, Colombo

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Colts Cricket Club, Galle Cricket Club, Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper


ODI Career: Sri Lanka (1990-2004)

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

189    181    14     3711          102* 22.22 4776          77.70 2       23          411    17     132          75


Career Highlights

  • Helped introduce aggressive batting approach in first 15 overs
  • 132 catches and 72 stumpings in 189 ODIs
  • Scored 3,711 runs at an average of 22.22

The Prince of Port of Spain did not pay enough respect to One-Day International cricket, so says world-renowned cricket umpire and commentator Chris Taylor and his opinions seem to have found favour with both the SportsMax Zone and a panel of experts picking SportsMax’s Ultimate ODI XI.

That favour does not extend to the Fanalysts picking the SportsMax Ultimate XI online though.

For them, Brian Lara is the first name that should be counted among batsmen 3-5.

Already, Lara has the most votes with India’s Virat Kohli running a close second. The final spot, according to the Fanalyst should go to ‘Mr 360’, South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

Just outside of the running for the Fanalyst is Sir Vivian Richards.

Neither the panel nor the SportsMax Zone would dare to leave Sir Viv out again after Fanalysts swung the Test XI voting in favour of Australia’s Don Bradman.

Thus far, the Zone and the panel have been moving in lock-step, both picking Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar as their openers and both coming up with Viv Richards, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli as their batsmen from 3-5.

That means, of course, there is no space for fan favourite Lara, while all three groups are in agreement that Ricky Ponting, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ross Taylor, Mike Hussey, Michael Bevan, Kumar Sangakarra, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Aravinda de Silva don’t quite match up, as great as they all are.

Shane Watson overcame a myriad of injuries to become one of Australia’s most important players in the early 2000s. Watson had more than one stress fracture in his back, hamstring strains, calf problems, a dislocated shoulder, food poisoning that presented symptoms like that of a heart attack, still, he prevailed, becoming a feared batsman, who could take a game away from you. He combined the patience he learned as an Australian Test opener with aggression and power in a way that made him a nightmare for the opposition even if he was at the crease for just a few overs.

Having bat in every conceivable position during that Test career, he became a man for all seasons in the one-day version of the game. With nine centuries and 33 fifties to go along with an average of 40.54 and a strike rate of 90, Watson is most decidedly a batting all-rounder.

But with a physique like his, being more than a medium pacer was always going to be a part of the plan.

He would end his ODI career with 168 wickets at an average of 31.79 at a strike rate of 38.4


Career Statistics

Full name: Shane Robert Watson

Born: June 17, 1981, Ipswich, Queensland

Major teams: Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, Canterbury, Chennai Super Kings, Cricket Australia XI, Deccan Gladiators, Dhaka Dynamites, Gilchrist XI, Hampshire, Islamabad United, New South Wales, Prime Minister's XI, Queensland, Queensland Colts, Queensland Under-19s, Quetta Gladiators, Rajasthan Royals, Rangpur Rangers, Redlands, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sindhis, St Lucia Zouks, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Tasmania

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

Height: 1.83 m


ODI Career (batting): Australia (2002-2015)

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

190     169     27      5757     185*   40.54     6365  90.44      9        33     570     131  


ODI Career (bowling): Australia (2002-2015)

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

190      163    6466    5342        168    4/36     4/36    31.79    4.95     38.4      3       0         0



Career Highlights

  • Fastest Australian to "5000 runs and 150 wickets"
  • Held 'Fastest 150' record for 4 years
  • Highest ODI score in a run-chase (185*)
  • Highest ODI score (185*) and most sixes in an innings (15), by an Australian

A team in transition was what Ross Taylor found when he joined the ranks of the black caps in 2006.

Gone were the names of the 1990s and New Zealand needed a new talisman. Taylor has not disappointed, scoring his first century in just his third One-Day International, 128, against Sri Lanka in Napier.

Taylor is brave. Known for slog sweeping quick bowlers with no thought to the danger such a ploy poses to his health. He is also a very powerful puller and cutter of the ball.

With great power comes great responsibility and Taylor has shown himself up to the task of providing the Black Caps with that necessary consistency over the last 10 years, while they hone tremendous talent around him. At 36, Taylor is in the twilight of his career but nobody would bet against him adding to his 21 ODI centuries and 51 half-centuries.                 

Career Statistics

Full name: Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor

Born: March 8, 1984, Lower Hutt, Wellington

Major teams: New Zealand, Australian Capital Territory, Central Districts, Central Districts Under-19s, Delhi Daredevils, Durham, Jamaica Tallawahs, Middlesex, New Zealand Emerging Players, New Zealand Under-19s, Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, St Lucia Zouks, Sussex, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Victoria

Playing role: Middle-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak


ODI Career: New Zealand (2006-present)

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

232     216      39     8574      181*   48.44    10273   83.46      21      51      711    146   


Career Highlights

  • First Kiwi to have centuries against all Test-playing nations in ODIs
  • Tallied 8574 runs at an average of 48.44
  • Produced 21 centuries and 51 half-centuries in ODIs
  • Between 2015 and 2017, he averaged 61.48
  • Between 2018 and the present, he’s averaged 68.46

While an undoubted talent, Sri Lanka’s Aravinda de Silva crowned himself in international glory with a century in the 1996 World Cup final to give the country its first hold on the title.

At the time of Aravinda’s arrival on the international scene, Sri Lanka were a team on the up as a force in world cricket, but their batsmen were often guilty of not being able to perform away from home and were suspected not to have the tools to deal with real pace bowling. Standing at 5 ft 3 in, Aravinda would become one of the giants who served to lay waste to that particular thought.

He cut and pull with verve and possessed a beautiful cover drive that would bring him 11 centuries and 64 fifties, of course, none of them as memorable as that 124 against Australia in the World Cup final.


Career Statistics

Full name: Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva

Born: October 17, 1965, Colombo

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Auckland, Kent, Nondescripts Cricket Club

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak


ODI Career:   Sri Lanka (1984-2003)        

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs    HS     Ave       BF          SR       100s    50s  

308      296     30     9284     145    34.90    11443     81.13      11      64     


Career Highlights

  • Only player to make a hundred and take 3 + wickets in a CWC final
  • 3rd most runs at 1996 World Cup (448)
  • Scored 11 centuries and 64 ODI half-centuries
  • Won 31 Man-of-the-Match and 3 man-of-the-series awards

Mr Cricket, Michael Hussey’s rise to the international ranks took place belatedly, with the middle-order batsman earning a call to Australia’s One-Day International (ODI) team in 2004 when he was just two months shy of his 29th birthday. But once he got there, his attitude to everything cricket was tremendous. That attitude meant he ended with a healthy career average of 48, rarely failing to bolster the Australian middle-order. Without aiming for the big shots over the top, Hussey scored at a brisk 87.16, running between the wickets hard and never failing to find the gaps in the field. He was as busy at the crease as he was on the field, always keeping an intensity that the rest of the Australian setup fed from. In truth, Hussey was an opener but was pushed down the order in the Australian line-up. That too was accepted with the same professionalism he approached everything. Centuries were not a regular feature of Hussey’s career, not because he didn’t have a penchant for batting for long periods, but because he generally bat with the lower order and wasn’t given the time. Still, he scored three centuries, including 109 not out against the West Indies at the Kinrara Academy Oval in 2006. He would also score 105 against New Zealand in 2007 and fell a run short of his unbeaten highest against Bangladesh in 2011.


Career Statistics

Full name: Michael Edward Killeen Hussey

Born: May 27, 1975, Mt Lawley, Perth, Western Australia

Major teams: Australia, Chennai Super Kings, Durham, Gloucestershire, Mumbai Indians, Northamptonshire, St Lucia Zouks, Sydney Thunder, Western Australia

Playing role: Middle-order batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Height: 1.80 m


ODI Career: Australia (2004-2012)

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

185     157      44     5442      109*   48.15    6243   87.16       3      39     383     80   


Career Highlights

  • 2007 ICC world Cup winner
  • The top-ranked ODI batsman in the world in 2006
  • Scored 3 centuries and 39 fifties
  • Scored 5,442 runs at an average of 48.15

Viv Richards’ is a career of firsts. He was the first to intimidate bowlers in an era that belonged to hostile pacers and he took his bravado and swagger from Test cricket into the One-Day International game. Such was the man’s class and quality in the era, that his statistics match up well with some of the best ODI players of today. With a strike rate of more than 90, Sir Viv still managed an uncanny consistency, averaging 47 and scoring 11 centuries along with 45 half-centuries. All the greats who played against Sir Viv have agreed there was no strategy for bowling to him because he had no weaknesses save for his insatiable appetite for dominating the bowling. Those who watched him, believed whenever he would play defensively, it was just to take a breather or just to show he could. As recently as 2002, Wisden chose Sir Viv as the greatest ODI batsman of all time and he was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century by a 100-member panel of experts in 2000. Of course, Sir Viv was a shoo-in for the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, making his entrance in 2009.


Career Statistics

Full name: Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards

Born: March 7, 1952, St John's, Antigua

Major teams: West Indies, Combined Islands, Glamorgan, Leeward Islands, Queensland, Somerset

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm slow, Right-arm offbreak


ODI Career: West Indies (1975-1991)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS       Ave       BF       SR      100s   50s   

187     167     24       6721     189*    47.00     7451   90.20     11     45    


Career Highlights

  • 1st in ODI history to achieve 20 Man-of-the-Match awards
  • 189 vs Eng, held the record for highest per cent (69.48%) of team’s total until 2017
  • 1st player to smash a ton and take 5 wickets in an ODI
  • 1st player to complete the double of 1000 runs and 50 wickets
  • He along with Michael Holding set the record for the highest ever 10th wicket partnership in ODI history (106*)
  • He also holds the record for the highest individual ODI score when batting at number four (189*)

Christopher Henry Gayle is arguably the greatest One-Day International batsman the West Indies has ever produced but today his innings in the Ultimate XI ODI edition came up short.

Gayle had, yesterday, avoided the cut and made the final six among contestants vying for the honour of being one of the two best openers the game has ever seen.

According to the SportsMax panel of experts, Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar would form the greatest partnership the game to ever grace an ODI cricket pitch.

That would leave other greats like South Africa’s Hashim Amla, Sri Lankan legend Tillakaratne Dilshan, Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar, and, of course, Gayle as bystanders.

According to the SportsMax Zone, Sharma and Tendulkar are also the best it could come up with from the shortlist of 12, of course, the Zone did not do the culling of the herd the panel did yesterday.

For the unitiated, Rohit Sharma has scored as many ODI double hundreds as there are people who have scored them, while Tendulkar is by far and away, the heaviest ODI runscorer in the history of the sport and their picks may be hard to disagree with.

Unless, of course, you’re a Fanalyst.

Fanalysts have, so far, chosen Chris Gayle as one of their two openers and have also disagreed with the choice of Tendulkar to be the man to join him, instead going for Sharma.

Tendulkar, is at this point, the reserve option for the Fanalysts, but that could all change.

Have your say in the conversation by going to and clicking on the banner, or following the link here.

The Ultimate XI ODI Edition’s discussions have started with a bang, as George Davis of the SportsMax Zone and the selection panel got into it over who should make the final six from the shortlist of openers.

There wasn’t much opposition as the Panel cut the West Indies’ Desmond Haynes from the shortlist on the first day, neither was there much of a stir when Matthew Hayden, the man who starts as opener in the Ultimate Test XI, was asked to go.

There were, however, a few ripples when Adam Gilchrist, a man who has three World-Cup-winning innings under his belt, was told he didn’t stack up well enough to make the final six players to be discussed on the Zone today.

However, major rifts developed when Sanath Jayasuriya did not find favour with two of the three panellists.

With two-thirds objecting to his appearance in today’s final, Jayasuriya had to go.

According to the voting so far, the panel, despite George Sylvester Davis’s appeals for a reconsideration, have called it right when it comes to Jayasuriya.

The Fanalysts don’t seem to think as much of Tillakaratne Dilshan or Hashim Amla as does the panel though, as they have Sourav Ganguly, Gilchrist, Haynes, and Jayasuriya, joining those two in the bottom six. The Fanalysts have also added New Zealand’s Martin Guptill to the list of those they don’t think can make it. Haynes and Gilchrist are in a statistical dead heat for one of the bottom six places.

Now here’s the truth about Jayasuriya. In partnership with Romesh Kaluwitharana, Jayasuriya is the man that made the massive totals of ODIs today possible. Thumping the ball to all parts of the ground in the first 15 overs, Jayasuriya made the work of his middle-order that much easier, as they could afford to run singles and keep the scoreboard ticking over with the expectation that normal batting would give them big scores.   

Now, if you believe, like I do, that there are some crazy Fanalysts out there, you can help change the conversation with your vote.

Fanalysts votes count heavily in deciding who makes the cut as the group holds the largest percentage weight when the votes are tallied.

The panel’s decision counts for 30 per cent of votes, while the Zone gets another 30. The Fanalysts benefit from a 10 per cent bump, giving you real sway in the conversation.

To vote for your Ultimate XI go to and click on the banner or go straight to this link.

Brutally aggressive with the bat, powerful and agile on the field and deceptively dangerous with the ball, Symonds was the ultimate limited-overs package. Although his career didn't span a long time, he did enough during his stay in international cricket to make his presence felt, his performances announcing him as a pure matchwinner for Australia. He was so sensational on the field, Ricky Ponting once declared Symonds the greatest fielder he had ever seen.


Career Statistics

Full name: Andrew Symonds

Born: 9 June 1975 (age 44), Birmingham, England

Height: 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style: Right-arm medium, Right-arm off-break

Playing role: All-rounder


ODI Career (batting): Australia (1998-2009)

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

198      161     33     5088     156    39.75   5504       92.44      6     30     449    103    82     


ODI Career (bowling): Australia (1998-2009)

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

198     158     5935   4955       133    5/18    5/18    37.25  5.00    44.6      2       1         0


Career Highlights

  • Scored at a strike rate of more than 90
  • Named in the ICC World ODI XI in 2005, 2008
  • 12th man ICC World ODI XI in 2006
  • Scored 6 hundreds and 30 half-centuries in ODIs
  • Averaged 39.75 batting in ODIs
  • He scored 5,088 runs and picked up 133 wickets
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