Jacque Kallis bids adieu to International Cricket

Jacque Kallis bids adieu to International Cricket

Jacque Kallis the South African all-rounder and the best in International cricket decides to call it a day from national duties. Days after South Africa concluded its tour of Sri Lanka, Kallis who had already quit from the longer format; after a poor ODI series in the Island country he decided to call it off.

An opener with 11000+ ODI runs are the highest by a South African | Photo Source: Cricinfo
An opener with 11000+ ODI runs are the highest by a South African | Photo Source: Cricinfo

Though he will still continue to play T20 franchise cricket, for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and for Sydney Thunder in the BBL. The day he bids adieu taking a look at his ODI career Kallis has 11579 runs in 328 matches has hit 17 centuries and 86 half-centuries at a mounting average of 44.36. Is the only South African batsman to have scored 10000 plus runs in ODI as well as test cricket. With the ball his wicket tally counts to 273 in ODI cricket and a bowling average of 31.79.

One of the most under-rated player has immense test as well as ODI record with the bat and the ball. In the 166 test matches 13289 are the number of runs posted by him, which includes 45 tons and 58 half’s at a superior average of 45.97. Day-in-day out Kallis served his country batting to be their best batsman and coming back to bowl again and be the finest bowler to have ever held the ball for the country. In the 25 T20I matches that he has played has also scored 666 runs with 5 fifties and 12 wickets as well.

Kallis the test batsman with 45 tons came closest to catchup Sachin Tendulkar | Photo Source: Cricinfo
Kallis the test batsman with 45 tons came closest to catchup Sachin Tendulkar | Photo Source: Cricinfo

The 38 years old had earlier shown willingness to be a part of the South African team playing the 2015 world cup in Australia New Zealand. But, form eluding him with 0,1 and 4 runs in the last three innings in Sri Lanka prompted him to hang up the big boots.
In his press statement marking the end of his international cricketing career “I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far, I just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.

“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.

“I am not retiring from all cricket as I have a two-year contract with the Sydney Thunder and, if possible, to help the Kolkata Knight Riders defend the IPL title we won earlier this year.

The only point to be happy with is we will still get to see Kallis play the T20 leagues. | Photo Source: Cricinfo
The only point to be happy with is we will still get to see Kallis play the T20 leagues. | Photo Source: Cricinfo

A real sad and defining moment this will be in the entire cricketing universe the “Best All-rounder” we again quote him as that calls it a day. Cricket would never be the same without you Jacque a genuine cricket fan from any part of the world would miss watching you bat tirelessly and bowl those long spells running in hard every time like you always did. Thank You Jacque Kallis.