Kallis's amazing journey

2014-07-31 00:00

JACQUES KALLIS: “I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in the World Cup was a bridge too far. I just knew on the tour that I was done. I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey.”

AB DE VILLIERS: “His value and statistics on the field speak volumes, but his presence in the change room and willingness to teach the youngsters was immense. He has played a big role personally for me since making my debut for South Africa in 2004. It’s unfortunate that he won’t be making the journey with us to the World Cup, but we will definitely carry his resilience and professionalism with us out on the field.”

HASHIM AMLA: “Jacques is a legend; sportsmen like him only come around once every five decades. He is an astute professional who always gave 100% for his country and I believe a lot of youngsters can learn from the way he shaped his career. He will be sorely missed in the dressing room and in the slips where he was a trademark figure. It has been a pleasure to have shared the crease with him on a number of occasions. He has earned his break.”

RUSSELL DOMINGO: “It was an unexpected decision but we respect and support him. I must commend his attitude and professionalism all the way until his last ODI. It has been a pleasure working with him; I always admired his dedication and passion for the game. He will be missed, there is no doubt about that, but hopefully the nation can celebrate one of the greatest cricketers we have produced.”

MICHAEL VAUGHAN: “Jacques Kallis is the greatest ever all- rounder in my opinion. The international game will miss him.”

SHANE WARNE: “He became mister reliable, the game’s going to miss him for sure.”

RAHUL DRAVID: “The Gary Sobers of our generation.”

FAF DU PLESSIS: “Congrats on a legendary career. One of the greats of the game. [It] was an honour sharing a field with you.”

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