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Former South Africa cricketer names Shoaib Akhtar in all-time list

The categories were for the players he played with and against during his career

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South Africa’s former cricketers Jacques Rudolph, in an interview with SACricketMag.com, included Pakistan’s former pacer Shoaib Akhtar as the best fast-bowler while creating an all-time list in which he named the best players in each category. The categories were for the players he played with and against during his career.

The Proteas batsman named South Africa’s legendary former all-rounder Jacques Kallis as the best player ever in the sport while Australia’s legendary former captain Ricky Ponting was named as the best captain the batsman played against.

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Rudolph named England’s former all-rounder Andrew Flintoff as the best seam bowler while England’s veteran pacer James Anderson was named as the best swing bowler in cricket.

Sri Lanka’s legendary former cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakkara were named as the best spinner and best batsman, respectively.

The left-handed batsman represented the Proteas side in 48 Test matches. He scored 2622 runs with a highest score of 222 not out. Rudolph retired from the sport in 2017.

 

FULL LIST:

Best player ever: Jacques Kallis

Best captain played against: Ricky Ponting

Best captain: Graeme Smith/Gerald Dros

Seam bowler: Andrew Flintoff

Swing bowler: James Anderson

Fast bowler: Shoaib Akhtar

Spinner: Muttiah Muralitharan

Best batsman: Kumar Sangakkara

Best innings: AB de Villiers

Best wicketkeeper: Kruger van Wyk

The big hitter: Albie Morkel

The blocker: Andrew White

Best No 11: Paul Harris

Best catcher: Martin van Jaarsveld

Best arm: Marchant de Lange

Top fielder: AB de Villiers

Best sledger: Pierre de Bruyn

Best coach: Gary Kirsten/Eric Simons