Letters to Jacques

Posted on August 1, 2014 by News Alert India in Biography

Jacques Henry Kallis is a South African cricketer. A right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, Kallis is regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders. He is a talented right-handed batsman and effective fast-medium bowler who can swing the ball both ways off a good line and length. He is the only cricketer in the history of the game to hold more than 9,500 runs, 200 wickets and 100 catches in both Test and One Day International cricket.

Test debut : 14 December 1995 v England

Last Test: 26 December 2013 v India

ODI debut: 9 January 1996 v England

Last ODI: 12 July 2014 v Sri Lanka

T20I debut: 21 October 2005 v New Zealand

Last T20I: 2 October 2012 v India

King Kallis retires from international cricket

Posted by: Jithu Parackal  

One of the greatest all-rounders to have ever played the gentlemans game in the modern era has called it a day. Kallis had announced his retirement from the longer format in December last year and now he will no longer be seen in any form of international cricket. The 38 year old who made his debut in 1995, has been more than a household name among the South African fans. They call him ‘ King Kallis’ who has carried the burden of the South African team that has had its struggles of its own. He is a legend. He is something very special. Jaques Kallis is not someone you relate to a specific attribute like batting, bowling or fielding but he is the most valuable player of this generation.

Jaques Kallis leaves a rich legacy behind for the next generation cricketers.

Jacques Kallis had showed his intention to be an integral part of the 2015 World Cup team to be held in Australia and New Zealand. But he was destined to hang up his boots after the ODI series in Sri Lanka. Talking about Kallis, there are a few batsmen in the modern era who prizes their wicket as Kallis does. He puts a heavy prize on his wicket, which is why bowlers around the world prizes his wicket much. He is a calm persona for his team-mates and a dreadful presence for his opposition with the amount of damage he can cause.

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

This is what he said in his press conference on announcing his retirement in Sri Lanka. Even though Kallis leaves international cricket just a year before the World Cup, he can have satisfaction that South Africa is in good shape heading into the World Cup as the No.1 test team and one of the favourites to win the coveted title.

Over the years his batting talent has overshadowed his bowling talent, scoring important knocks for South Africa at various levels. He was the crisis man for the Proteas in many a tournaments. Though many people believe he was not the attractive of batsmen you ever come across, he did something really well – stabilising the innings and anchoring the innings to set it up for the pinch hitters like Lance Kluesner, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher to name a few. He was nothing less than a hulk with the bat, with lofted drive he used to execute so well with his heavy backlift. Kallis was a batsman who knew to dictate his own terms, he could muscle any bowl to the stands. Kallis knew well to repect the good balls and punish the bad balls with ease. In addition to his batting expertise he had some good expertise in bowling as well. When the captain needed him the most he was there to give him the breakthrough and when the situation demanded he was there as the strike bowler. He was a safe fielder in the slip cordon. He had a safe pair of hands, where he made sure he clinged on to most of the catches.

The most important attribute that make shim unique from others was his thirst for success for the team. He was not affected by the individual prizes and accolades. Still he hasn’t won a World Cup, but he will be respected as a complete cricketer, a legend of the game. The  greatest player of this era. The Tendulkar’s, the Lara’s, the Warne’s and the McGrath’s will be  greats. But none of them even come close to matching the impact Kallis had on his team. Great slip catcher, excellent in the outfield, one of the best batsmen of his generation and a very good  seamer. People like Kallis are gold and should be treasured forever.

Adieu King Kallis !


“Jacque Kallis is the greatest ever allrounder in my opinion. The international game will miss him. #Kallis”

Former England captain,  Michael Vaughan

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

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne

“The Garry Sobers of our generation.”

Former India captain Rahul Dravid

“Been a privilege and an honour to have played alongside this living legend @jacqueskallis75 Congrats.”

 South African team-mate, JP Duminy


“Well done on magnificent career @jacqueskallis75!! Great player, not a great watcher – remember Chittagong for 400 partnership! See you in Oz!”

 South African team-mate, Johan Botha

“Congrats @jacqueskallis75 on a legendary career. One of the greats of the game. Was a honour sharing a field with you and the Proteas will miss you.”

 South African team-mate, Faf du Plessis

“Congratulations to @jacqueskallis75 on a fantastic career. Best allrounder in our generation. Wish him well!”

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene

“He scored runs for fun, swung it both ways, could hit you in the head and had hands like buckets. Congrats @jacqueskallis75 #TheBest”

Former England captain Paul Collingwood

“Jacques Kallis – congratulations on a wonderful career. Quality cricket over a long period of time. One of the very best.”

Former Australian  fast bowler ,Jason Gillespie

“Congrats @jacqueskallis75. It was a privilege to have shared the field with you. Enjoy retirement, you certainly deserve to.”

Former South African batsman, HD Ackerman

“One of the most influential cricketers of all time calls stumps, congratulations @jacqueskallis75 on an amazing career. #Legend”

Former Australian allrounder, Tom Moody

“@jacqueskallis75 congrats on a magnificent career mate! Best ever!”

Former Australian pace bowler, Brett Lee

“Jacques Kallis. An absolute pleasure to play against you. An allrounder I always admired a lot. #legend”

Former Pakistan allrounder,  Azhar Mahmood

Kallis was a pleasure to watch when in full flow. He will be remembered along with legends like Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee and Gary Sobers as one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game of cricket

Kallis was a pleasure to watch when in full flow. He will be remembered along with legends like Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee and Gary Sobers as one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game of cricket


31 July 2014

Slazenger pays tribute to Kallis

Jacques has been a fantastic ambassador for the Slazenger brand, both on the field and off the field, and has been an absolute pleasure to work with, says Dunslaz brand president Steve Gallienne of Brand ID.

 “His performances have outstripped whatever we could have imagined,” he continues. “Since the 90’s, when JK joined the Slazenger Team, the relationship and friendship had been as solid as his performances.” As with many other Slazenger ambassadors, “the performance of the product supporting performance of the player has been the ultimate goal.

“Jacques will still be part of the Slazenger Team, and it is our intention to continue to work with him and his foundation in order to continue to convey his passion for the game to young players. We wish Jacques all the very best and thank him for elevating Slazenger to one of the top performing brands in the world.”

Kallis’ announcement of his retirement from international cricket yesterday follows his retirement from test cricket at the end of the 2013/14 series against India. He will however, continue playing at club level.

Kallis retires after an incredible and long international cricket career. He has scored more than 13 000 runs in 166 matches with 45 centuries, 58 fifties in test cricket at an average of 55.37. In ODI cricket he retires with over 11 000 runs in 328 matches with 17 centuries and 86 fifties at an average of 44.36. Kallis has played in 25 T20s, scoring 666 runs with five fifties. He has taken more than 250 wickets and more than 100 catches in both test and ODI cricket.

Kallis is the only South African batsman with over 10 000 runs in Tests and ODIs and he is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, all-rounders.

31 July 2014

SA Cricketers Pay Tribute to Jacques Kallis

South Africa’s professional cricketers and the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) today paid tribute to Jacques Kallis, who retired from international cricket on Wednesday.

Proteas Test captain, Hashim Amla, said “Jacques was a one in 50 years cricketer who had a huge influence on so many Proteas players over a twenty year period. I was privileged to have been one of those. You appreciate the magnitude of the cricketer not only when you look at his record but also when you play alongside him.”

SACA President, Robin Peterson, said “People were entertained by Jacques on the field and statistically he is the greatest South African cricketer ever. What we were able to see as players however was the man behind all the records. The aura in the change room, the calming influence on other players and the wonderfully subtle sense of humour, often in tight situations.”

“Most of us playing franchise cricket in South Africa aspire to playing for the Proteas and most have a player we want to be like,” said Stephen Cook, bizhub Highveld  Lions captain. “For so many striving young franchise cricketers that player was Jacques Kallis. He has inspired so many cricketers at many levels.”

Jacques Kallis was a professional cricketer from December 1995 to July 2014

King Kallis brings down the curtain

By: Kepler Wessels | 30 Jul | 17:54

As a package Jacques Kallis has been the best player that this country has produced. He has been an all-rounder of the highest international quality throughout his illustrious career. We won't have the privilege of seeing someone of Kallis's calibre for a long time to come.

Unfortunately, retirement comes to every professional sportsman irrespective of how accomplished they have been.

In the case of a player of world class quality like Jacques, who served his country over an extended period in exemplary fashion, it is always good if the decision to retire comes from the individual himself.

This way the curtain comes down on a wonderful career in a dignified fashion. Too often we see sporting careers end in tears, so I am pleased that Jacques called time on his career himself.

He had the dream finish to his test career with a magnificent century against India in Durban last summer. He didn't quite finish in the same fashion recently in Sri Lanka where he struggled, but that doesn't matter.

The important thing is that Kallis identified the moment when time was up for him. The best judge of a decision of this magnitude is the player himself. The individual knows deep down when the desire is not there anymore.

At that point in one's career the definite feeling becomes a reality that one's best days have come and gone. Kallis will also be acutely aware that the one-day international team is in a good space at the moment. He leaves the squad in the capable hands of AB de Villiers and a fine group of experienced players.

Jacques would be the last of the current crop of players that I played against. It has been exciting seeing him develop from a young promising all-rounder into a world super star.

I always admired his clinical approach to the game as well as his powers of concentration and his calmness under pressure.

Like everyone who has South African cricket at heart I will miss the modern king of all-rounders. I wish him a happy and successful retirement.

Praise has poured in from past and present players after Jacques Kallis announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday.

The Proteas ODI skipper AB de Villiers said Kallis will be missed in the Proteas’ environment, not just for his outstanding contributions in the middle.

‘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 said. ‘He has played a big role personally for me since making my debut for South Africa in 2004, and is a huge loss for South African cricket. 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 shared similar sentiments, saying Kallis leaves a great legacy that many young cricketers can look up to and follow.

‘Jacques is a legend; sportsmen like him only come around once every five decades,’ Amla said. ‘He is an astute professional who always gave 100% for his country and I believe a lot of youngsters coming up can learn a lot 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, and I wish him well for the future. He has earned his break.’

Former South African players who shared a change room with Kallis also welcomed his decision.

‘He really wanted to win the World Cup, but I’ve always appreciated his honesty and I think he realised that he might let the team down,’ former captain Graeme Smith told News24. ‘He was honest enough to realise he might not be strong enough to make it through to next year, especially in terms of bowling and mentally.’

Smith went on to say that Kallis was among the greatest to have played the game.

‘It’s always difficult to compare players from different eras, but if you consider the amount of cricket Jacques played, the length of consistency at the top of the game and all the different conditions and challenges he performed in, then he’s got to be up there with the best who’ve ever played the game. In time, I’m sure his reputation will only go from strength to strength.’

ICC Chief Executive and former Proteas wicketkeeper David Richardson has thanked Kallis for his contribution to the sport.

‘Jacques Kallis will go down as one of the greatest all-round cricketers in the history of the game. Since making his international debut at the age of 20, he has been a mainstay of the South African line-up in all forms of the game,’ said Richardson.

The players who possibly felt the full extent of Kallis’ contributions were his opponents. Players from all over the world took to twitter to show their appreciation for what was an extraordinary career.

‘Well done Jacques Kallis on a superb career!!! Probably the only player we feared with both bat and ball in hand…Go well in retirement!’ – Former Sri Lankan batsman Russel Arnold.

‘Jacques Kallis congrats on a magnificent career mate! Best ever!’ – Former Australia quick Brett Lee

‘Jacques Kallis is the greatest ever allrounder in my opinion. The international game will miss him.’ – Former England captain Michael Vaughan.

The greatest praise however came from India’s duo of Ravi Shastri and Rahul Dravid. They spoke about Kallis’ incredible statistics after he retired from Test cricket in 2013.

‘The workload he has sustained is unbelievable,’ said Shastri. ‘To put it straight, he is a sum total of Rahul Dravid (13,288 Test runs) and Zaheer Khan (300 Test wickets).

‘I think he’s going to be even more respected and revered once he leaves, because then it`s going to be virtually impossible to find a replacement for that kind of cricketer who bats in your top four, bowls a very heavy ball, takes wickets, catches in the slips,’ said Dravid. ‘He does it all! We’re going to start appreciating and recognising him a lot more once he leaves.’


Jacques - I wish you a long & happy retirement from the game you represented with such dignity , style & grace. You have been a fantastic ambassador for your team & country and I will now have to find another captain for my fantasy eleven. We met once in England & I have always been a fan & admirer.

 Regards Peter Graham

Dear Jacques,

Selborne College would like to thank you for the great role model you have been to so many young boys.The part you have played in being one of the best ambassadors for Cricket and sport in general has been appreciated by so many.Your exploits and achievements have been amazing and we would like to thank you for the pleasure you have brought to cricket lovers world wide and congratulate you on your world class record.

We would also like to thank you for the special part you have played in the lives of the fortunate Selborne boys who have benefitted from your generosity and involvement.

Enjoy relaxing a bit. Enjoy having much of the pressure lifted.You deserve the rest.

Kind regards,
Jeff Fetting.
Selborne College.

Hi Sharon/Jacques,

I was driving back home when i got this message from my brother saying "Jacques Kallis retires from all international cricket, V.sad indeed". My reply was "Oh No". I knew it was coming as soon as he failed in the third ODI against Srilanka, We were playing football where i said to one of my best mates that "Jacques Kallis will retire in few weeks time" after the third ODI, His reply was "You are underestimating Kallis, Don't worry he is going to the 2015 worldcup, If RSA drop him they must be fools".

After the Srilanka tour i was just searching on daily basis in cricinfo&google for Kallis related updates, Two days back Kallis had tweeted that he had a good workout playing golf & ended up with blisters in his hand. I thought everything was fine with him but this news popped up yesterday. Me & wife will most probably not travel to Australia for 2015 worldcup, One of the reason i wanted to go is watch him bat & lift the trophy for RSA now looks like those plans are shelved. I will still be routing for RSA but may have to just do that being in India.

Kallis sets high standards even in his retirement, He just shows the whole world "Personal goals have to be set aside when it comes to a team game" & It is good to be unselfish.

Thanks great man, With tears in my heart will miss you watching you in RSA colours.



Your Biggest Fan..

Hi Sharon,

Today we come to know that Jacques Kallis has taken retirement from all formats of cricket. It comes as big blow for his fans, but we respect his decision, because we know journey has to come to an end at some point and we also know that how difficult was this for Jacques Kallis and you to take this decision.
We congratulate Jacques Kallis for his wonderful carrier and the valuable contribution he gave to cricket.
Our best wishes for Jacques ,you and all family for future, God bless all.
Best wishes 

Pankaj Sharma


Hope this message gets to MrKallis. I'm a cricket fan from the United Kingdom and just want to say what an amazing cricketer MrKallis is. After googling him and seeing about his foundation it appears MrKallis is also an inspirational and giving character. The word legend is used too sparingly these days. However I believe the word is apt for MrKallis.

I wish him all the best in his future. He deserves an amazing retirement. History will look at him as one of the top three Cricketers of all time (with Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar) but it will also look kindly on him as a person.

Best regards

Neil McDonald