The iconic Sachin Tendulkar proved to be the most prolific run-scorer for India, notching up a historic a 50th Test ton in the process, but could not go past the ever-consistent Jacques Kallis in the just-concluded three-match series against South Africa here.
Tendulkar hit a total of 326 runs at an average of 81.50 in three matches with a highest of 146.
Kallis, on the other hand, scored a total of 498 runs at an average of 166 and was dismissed only thrice in 870 balls. His highest of 201 not out in the series in the first Test gave Proteas their only win in the series.
The series that ended in a 1-1 draw, witnessed keen contest between the bat and ball with some of the greatest legends of the game in Kallis, Tendulkar and VVS Laxman proving their worth all over again under tough conditions.
One of the most under-rated but most reliable batsman -- Kallis - yet again rose to the occasion and turned out to be instrumental in South Africa challenging the number one Test team in the world. His average of 166 is the sixth time he has averaged 100 plus in a series.
For India as well, the story was no different. For them, batting icon Tendulkar contributed to the team's success, becoming the second highest run-getter in the series.