Faf du Plessis terms Jacques Kallis the greatest player he’s ever played with
Kallis is one of the most decorated South African cricketers.
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There’s absolutely no doubt that Jacques Kallis is one of the greatest players to have donned the South African colours. His record speaks for itself and he is a role model for a lot of youngsters of the modern era. Hence, he was honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in the Silver Division.
The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to the citizens of South Africa recognising the contribution in arts, music, literature, journalism and sports. Jacques Kallis who scored 25,534 runs and took 577 wickets in international cricket has been bestowed with this award. On Thursday (25th April), the Presidency of South Africa tweeted about the same.
“For his contribution to the sport of cricket and for placing South Africa on the world sporting map. His stellar career & commitment to the sport inspired many young people to aim for excellence,” the tweet read.
The Order of #Ikhamanga is bestowed in SILVER on:
JACQUES KALLIS: For his contribution to the sport of cricket and for placing South Africa on the world sporting map. His stellar career & commitment to the sport inspired many young people to aim for excellence.#NationalOrders pic.twitter.com/aL1KEKh3HY
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) April 25, 2019
Kallis responded to the tweet, appreciating the award and thanking everyone. Moreover, Faf also replied to Kallis’ tweet, showering all the praise on his former teammate. In fact, he went on to say that Kallis is the greatest player he has ever played with.
@jacqueskallis75 Well done Toppie.. the greatest player that I have ever played with. Really deserve all the recognition that comes your way. #🐐
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) April 26, 2019
Highly fitting that Jacques should be honoured
Jacques Kallis is one of the most decorated South African cricketers. Praises have been showering in from all quarters from the time the Kallis was named as the recipient for Ikhamanga. The Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Thabang Moroe was also all praise for the legendary all-rounder who is currently the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
“It is highly fitting that Jacques should be honoured in this way with this prestigious award. Most important of all is the outstanding example he has set for the highest standards of sportsmanship. The traditions of the game to inspire not just aspiring young cricketers but the youth of the entire country,” the CSA chief was quoted saying.