No batting player values his wicket more than another, and no wicket in all of cricket is valued higher. The broad-shouldered titan of the South African team, Jacques Kallis, is a presence that strikes fear in some people and tranquility in others.
Kallis is a fine, powerful batter who possesses a rock-solid technique and an attention span that is impenetrable to diversion. Despite the fact that his effectiveness as a bowler is waning with each passing season, he will be remembered for his occasionally unexpected pace, swing, and uncomfortable bounce. His sure-handedness and quick reflexes make absurd catches appear normal in the slips.
|Born: 16th October 1975||Nationality: South Africa|
|Years Active: (1995-2014)||Birth Place: Cape Town|
|Height: 6ft 0in||Role: All-rounder|
|Batting Style: Right-handed||Bowling Style:Right-arm fast-medium|
|Nickname: Jakes, Woogie, Kalahari|
Kallis had a close relationship with his father, whom he describes as his inspiration. Jenine Kallis is his sister who is five years younger than him. She cheered for teams in the 2009 IPL and works as a physiotherapist in East London. When his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Kallis took time away from cricket to be with him.
Kallis married Charlene Engels in January 2019. Joshua Henry Kallis, his son, was born on March 11, 2020.
Kallis attended Wynberg Boys' High School and participated in cricket there. Wynberg honored Kallis in 2009 by renaming their primary cricket oval in his honor. In 1995, when he was just 19 years old, Kallis spent a summer at Parkside Road, returning 791 runs from 14 matches at an average of 98.87 before making his Test debut against England later that year.
In his teenage years, Kallis also spent time playing for Old Edwardians, where the coaching staff recognized his potential to develop into a first-class all-rounder. In July 1993, he was selected to play for South Africa's U-17 team against Scotland's U-19 team.
He played for Western Province B in 1993/94, making his first-class debut. He played in his first Test against England in Durban from December 14–18, 1995, however, he had trouble with the bat in his early games. In 1996, Kallis made his World Cup debut in Pakistan, although he did not have many chances to shine. His breakthrough came in 1997 when he scored 61 against Pakistan. Two matches later, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he scored a valiant century against Australia to save a tie for South Africa.
When Trevor Bayliss departed as head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in June 2015 to become the new head coach of the England cricket team, Kallis was named head coach of the team in October 2015. In addition, Kallis served as KKR's batting coach during the 2015 Indian Premier League season.
As of December 2019, Kallis served as the national cricket team of South Africa's batting consultant. He started working as a batting advisor for the England national cricket team in late 2020.
In 2008, Kallis struggled to hit and his average dropped below 30, although it was only a temporary setback. While playing for the Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2010 Champions League Twenty20, Kallis suffered a neck injury.
He was forced to retire owing to cramps after scoring a solid 66 runs. He laid the groundwork for South Africa's triumph in that game.
In addition to taking 131 ODI catches, Kallis is the first player in the game's history to have scored more than 10,000 runs and over 250 wickets in ODI and Test match play. In his Test match career, he scored 13,289 runs, 292 wickets, and 200 catches.
In addition to being the "ICC Test Player of the Year" and the "ICC Player of the Year" in 2005, Kallis was crowned the Leading Cricketer in the World by Wisden in 2008 for his accomplishments in 2007. Great cricketers have called him the best player to ever play the sport.
In South Africa's successful 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy (now known as the ICC Champions Trophy) campaign, which remains the country's lone ICC tournament victory in history, he was named Player of the Tournament. He received "Man of the Match" honors in both the semifinal and the championship match, finishing with the second-highest run total and the most wickets taken.
On the first day of the first Test against New Zealand on January 2, 2013, Kallis became the fourth player and the first South African to reach 13,000 Test runs. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
In 2014, Kallis announced his retirement; his final game was against Sri Lanka. In the Indian Premier League, he is now the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.
|Matches: 328||Run Scored: 11579|
|Batting Average: 44.36||Top Score: 139|
|100/50: 17/86||Wickets: 273|
|Matches: 25||Run Scored: 666|
|Batting Average: 35.05||Top Score: 73|
|100/50: 0/5||Wickets: 12|
|Matches: 166||Run Scored: 13228|
|Batting Average: 55.37||Top Score: 224|
|100/50: 45/58||Wickets: 292|
|Matches: 98||Run Scored: 2427|
|Batting Average: 28.55||Top Score: 89|
|100/50: 0/17||Wickets: 65|
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