Retired South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis would not rate Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman he has played against but said the Indian legend has “tremendously” helped in taking the game forward by playing with the right spirit throughout his illustrious career.
“He (Tendulkar) has done a tremendous amount for world cricket and for taking it forward. He played the game hard but always in the right spirit,” Kallis said.
“To achieve what he (Tendulkar) achieved is incredible. I enjoyed my battles against him. I always said I will play this game hard but in the right spirit, that I can (leave aside) the game when I am in a country and have a beer with them. That’s the way he played it (too),” Kallis was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo
Kallis, however, picked Brian Lara as the best batsman he has ever played against.
Asked who are his toughest opponents, Kallis said, “Seamer: Wasim Akram. He had the ability to swing the ball both ways. Spinner: Shane Warne. He controlled the game, he attacked, defended. Batsman: Brian Lara.”
Kallis, who will continue to play in ODIs, said his only remaining goal was to win the 2015 World Cup.
“When I want to achieve something and put my mind to it, I want to give it everything I’ve got. I want to be part of a team that wins the World Cup. That’s something that’s missing on my CV. If I didn’t believe we could do it, I would not stick around for it. If I did not believe I could make a difference, I wouldn’t do it,” he said.