In a recent interview that has set the cricketing world abuzz, Australian cricketing sensation David Warner has weighed in on the ‘Greatest of All Time (GOAT)’ debate in cricket. While facing a rapid0fire round at Jio Cinema, the Aussie star answered quite a few queries. When it comes to pick the GOAT, Warner went with none other than the legendary South African cricketer Jacques Kallis. Kallis, celebrated as one of the finest all-rounders in the history of the sport, earned this accolade from Warner due to his extraordinary contributions with both the bat and the ball.
Kallis, in his illustrious Test career spanning 166 matches, amassed a staggering 13,289 runs at a remarkable average of 55.37, including 45 centuries. His monumental achievements place him third on the list of highest run-scorers and second in terms of centuries in Test cricket.
Notably, Kallis was not just a prolific run-scorer but also a potent bowler. He claimed 292 wickets in Test cricket, making him South Africa’s sixth-highest wicket-taker in the format. His versatility extended to the One-Day International (ODI) arena, where he played 328 matches, scoring 11,579 runs with an impressive average of 44.36. Kallis also notched up 17 centuries and took 273 wickets with the ball in ODIs.
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Warner’s dream opening partners
During the interview, Warner was asked about his dream opening partners from the past, and he didn’t shy away from naming some of the game’s legends. The Australian opener revealed that he would have loved to share the crease with iconic cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Matthew Hayden.
This acknowledgment of Tendulkar, Sehwag, and Hayden as his ideal opening partners highlights Warner’s respect for the batting prowess and aggressive style of these legendary cricketers. It also provides a glimpse into the dynamic combinations Warner could have formed with these cricketing greats if they had played together in their prime.
Currently participating in the ODI series between India and Australia, Warner had a good outing with the bat in the first two games where he smashed 52 and 53 runs, respectively.
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