The test greats have settled better in IPL T20 than many of their other compatriots legend. Both started their IPL career with RCB, and then parted ways to join these two IPL teams. Comparing them is not possible due to their variety of contribution, but the data proves that although both have been the leading batsmen of their teams. Kallis has served as an allrounder, while batsman Dravid has double job and pressure as Captain too.
Dravid has scored 1768 IPL runs in 72 matches with 8 half-centuries, for two teams. Kallis has scored 1988 runs in 75 matches with 16 half-centuries. He has also grabbed 45 wickets.
- Dravid scored 898 runs in 37 innings of 37 matches with 4 half-centuries and 3 ducks. While the average read 26.41, his strike rate was 122.84. He had 97 boundaries and 17 sixes against his name too. Unbeaten on three occasions his highest was unbeaten 75.
Kallis played 42 matches scoring 1132 runs (only the third from RCB after Gayle and Kohli to cross 1000 run mark) with 10 half-centuries and 4 ducks. His average was 31.44 but strike rate was 112.19. He has 127 boundaries and 21 sixes against his name. Remaining unbeaten on 6 occasions, unbeaten 89 was his highest.
In addition, Kallis also earned 23 wickets from 137.2 overs he bowled in 41 innings. He grabbed 15 catches too as compared to 8 catches by Dravid.
Rahul Dravid went on to captain Rajasthan Royals and was the leading scorer for his team in 2011 and second best leading scorer in 2012.
Kallis was KKRs best batsman in 2011 while in 2012 he had the 11th best total overall in IPL.
Dravid has scored 766 runs in 2 seasons, while Kallis has scored 596 runs for KKR till now. After the first match of 2013, Dravid with 870 runs in 29 matches is the third best overall scorer for Rajasthan Royals, behind Watson (1242 in 38 innings) and Yusuf Pathan (1011 in 42 innings).
Year-wise Break Up of Runs
2008 371 (Dravid in 14 matches), 199 (Kallis in 11 matches)
2009 271 (Dravid in 12 innings), 361 (Kallis in 15 matches)
2010 256 (Dravid in 11 innings), 572 (Kallis in 16 innings)
2011 342 (Dravid in 12 matches), 424 (Kallis in 14 innings)
2012 462 (Dravid in 16 matches), 409 (Kallis in 17 matches)
Year-wise Break Up of Performance
- 2008 12th best total by Dravid, best from RCB
2009 11th best total by Kallis, best from RCB
2010 2nd best total by Kallis after Tendulkar
2011 10th best by Kallis, best for KKR, 21st best for Dravid but best for RR
2012 7th best by Dravid, 11th best total by Kallis and 2nd best for KKR
Kallis has won 7 of them till 2012. He is the joint fourth highest Player of the Match award winner in IPL. Gayle leads with 13, Yusuf Pathan has 12, Sehwag has 9, while Shaun Marsh, Sachin Tendulkar and Gambhir share the record with Kallis.
After a poor start in 2008, he earned 2 of them in 2009, 3 in 2010 (with RCB), 1 each in 2011 and 2012 with KKR. Kallis earned a hattrick of MoMs in 2010.
Dravid earned only one MoM till 2012 when in 2009 he scored 66 in the winning cause, ironically against RR.
Both have played the opening match of their teams. While Kallis could contribute only 23 runs in the first match against Delhi Daredevils, Dravid captaining the side scored a half-century against the same opponent. Dravid also received his only 2nd Player of the Match award in his 6th year.
Earlier he has received the only MOM in 2009, ironically against Rajasthan Royals for hitting 66 runs in the winning cause.
Overall the two giants are refusing to die out of contest. While Kallis is eying 2015 World Cup for South Africa and hence IPL would surely be benefited with his allround performance, Dravid appears to grow younger in the last two years. Even in 2013 he has started with a bang winning the MOM and captaining his side to a win.