I would love to give back – Jacques Kallis

2013-12-31 08:42

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Proteas batsman Jacques Kallis, who played his last test match against India at Kingsmead, said he had no qualms in finishing his test career in Durban rather than in Cape Town.

It was in Durban in 1995 that he made his test debut and he said he felt it was the right time for him to go.

“With Cape Town being my home ground, it would have been nice to finish there but that was three to four months away. I didn’t have that time with a few tests to go with a tough series against Australia. I was sitting in the change room the day before the game and the same time 18 years ago I was sitting in the same place and not much has changed. I’ve grown a little bit older, wiser, lost and gained a little bit of hair but I have been very lucky,” Kallis said

The 38-year-old ended his test career with 166 tests, scoring 13 289 runs and taking 292 wickets. Those are records that would make any cricketer envious but Kallis said it has been about the enjoyment of the game and less about the records. He also scored 45 test centuries, the second highest test century tally in cricket behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 51.

“I have never been someone who has craved the limelight and I found that my career was at its best when everything was low key. I have never been a person of records and I will look back at my career with pride at what I have achieved,” Kallis said.

Kallis, who went through a variety of coaches in his 20 year first class career, said he will not be lost to the game completely, as he is still available for T20 and ODI selection.

Kallis still has hopes of going to the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which will be the sixth time he’ll be appearing at ICC’s showpiece event should he be fit enough.

“The game has given me so much and I would love to give back to the game. I have the foundation but that is away from the team. But if I can at any stage give advice and be of assistance, I will definitely help because it is something I do enjoy. With the experience that I have gained, it would be stupid not to give it back to the game,” Kallis said.

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