The 37-year-old surpassed the mark with a boundary in the 1st Test against New Zealand at Cape Town, today.
He is the 4th batsman after India's Sachin Tendulkar and Raul Dravid, and ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting to have scored more than 13,000 runs in Test matches.
An interesting point is that Jaques Kallis, later out for 60, achieved the milestone having played the fewest Tests of those four players. But Tendulkar, who tops the standings with 15,645 runs, scored 13,000 runs in fewer innings.
But let us talk of today. Jaques Kallis, if he plays out this season - and there is no reason to believe he cannot play a couple of seasons more - may well become the 2nd highest scorer of Test runs.
Jaques Kallis is just 248 runs behind Rahul Dravid and 338 behind Ricky Ponting. I hope he goes on for another season or two. Though there is no way for him to catch up or surpass Sachin Tendulkar, his feat when (if) he manages to pass Ponting will remain for a long time to come.
Of the top 20 Test run scores today, there are only 3 active players apart from Kallis who have scored 10,000+ runs. Shivnaraine Chanderpaul, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are the others.
In fact of the top 20 Test run scorers, there is only one more active player - Virender Sehwag - at number 18. For the next active player who is anywhere near, we have to reach as low as 34 and touch Kevin Pietersen.
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)*||1989-2012||194||320||15645|
|Ricky Ponting (Aus)||1995-2012||168||287||13378|
|Rahul Dravid (ICC/India)||1996-2012||164||286||13288|
|Jaques Kallis (ICC/SA)*||1995-2013||159||269||13040|
|Brian Lara (ICC/WI)||1990-2006||131||232||11953|
|Allan Border (Aus)||1978-1994||156||265||11174|
|Steve Waugh (Aus)||1985-2004||168||260||10927|
|S Chanderpaul (WI)*||1994-2012||146||249||10696|
|M Jayawardene (SL)*||1997-2012||137||230||10674|
|Sunil Gavaskar (India)||1971-1987||125||214||10122|
|K Sangakkara (SL)*||2000-2012||115||196||10045|
|Graham Gooch (Eng)||1975-1995||118||215||8900|
|Javed Miandad (Pak)||1976-1993||124||189||8832|
|VVS Laxman (India)||1996-2012||134||225||8781|
|Matthew Hayden (Aus)||1994-2009||103||184||8625|
|Graeme Smith (ICC/SA)||2002-2013||106||186||8570|
|V Sehwag (ICC/India)*||2001-2012||102||177||8559|
|Vivian Richards (WI)||1974-1991||121||182||8540|
|Alec Stewart (Eng)||1990-2003||133||235||8463|
What is left unsaid is Jacques Kallis also has 282 Test wickets as a bowler - which makes him the greatest all rounder of all time.
Great day for Test Cricket. and a great Cricketer.
PS: Just go to Google image search and type “cartoon+” and add “sachin tendulkar”, “ricky ponting”, “rahul dravid” and ‘jacques kallis” for a one by one search. Compare how many cartoons you get for each of the other vis-a-vis Kallis.
(image courtesy AP)
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