100 World Class South Africans: Jacques Kallis

2013-09-20 12:00

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All-time great

He’s been playing cricket for the Proteas for 18 years (SA’s most capped player, including four World Cups) and built up an astonishing record.

He’s a star with bat and ball, in Tests and ODIs.

Any which way you look at Kallis’s stats – batting, bowling, fielding – there is greatness ( just Google him).

Only three other cricketers in history have over 13 000 Test runs – he achieved this milestone at Newlands in January – but Kallis did it the fastest.

He’s No.2 on the list of most Test centuries (44) ever, including double centuries twice; for the most recent, in 2012, he batted for seven hours 15 minutes.

He’s the world’s best all-round (over 10 000 runs and 280 wickets).

Kallis has topped the ICC rankings and remains consistently in the top five, yet he’s remained under the radar.

In 2006 he used the proceeds of his Western Province Benefit Year (about R1 million) to start a scholarship foundation, sending 20 boys to the top cricketing high schools in SA, with mentoring from Kallis himself.

As for his records, last year he told The Independent, ‘I have never been one who worries too much about stats or accolades or anything like that.’

Well, Jacques, read this and pat yourself on the back.

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