Jacques Kallis’ retirement will hurt the Proteas more than we think

2013-12-28 00:00

SINCE we first saw him as a 20-year-old making his debut against the English at Kingsmead in 1995, Jacques Kallis has never done anything loudly.

He doesn’t need any elaborate ceremonies — the numbers say it all. Kallis’s Test average of 55,12 betters those of Sachin Tendulkar (53,78), Rahul Dravid (52,31), Ricky Ponting (51,85) and Brian Lara (52,88). That’s not bad company, and when one considers that Tendulkar and Dravid have played half of their cricket on the concrete strips of India, then Kallis’s stats appear even more impressive.

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