Jacques Kallis is a former International South African Cricket player. He is a well known right-handed batsman and right-arm medium bowler.
Kallis is from the hometown of Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa. Also, he is an all-rounder and former test and ODI captain.
Since from the school age, Kallis started playing cricket. While one of the coaching staff saw the potential of Kallis and encouraged him to play as an all-rounder. Later, he selected in the Under-17 team which Kallis played well and next chosen in the Under-19.
Jacques Kallis played his first debut Test game against England on December 1995. Although he didn’t perform in the starting matches. On year passing, Kallis showed great batting skills and had a solid form.
In subsequent, Kallis played the First debut ODI match on 1996 against England. He got well recognised after the massive win of ICC Champions Trophy and received the “Player of the series” award.
Kallis continued his superb batting performance in most of the subsequent games and earned a good position in the South African Team. Few notable events include No one all-rounder in the test by 2001 and Top leading batsman in international cricket.
Kallis scored the first maiden test century of 101 runs against the Australian team in 1998. Later, he scored the first maiden ODI century on 1998 against New Zealand.
By 2000-2005, Kallis had good batting form and has created many records include continuous centuries in five consecutive matches, scored the fastest half-century in the test from 24 balls against Zimbabwe and as the bowler had 292 wickets in test games.
Kallis has played more than 166 test games and 328 ODI games in his lifetime cricket career. And also he had the high score of 224 runs in test and 139 runs in ODI.
For the best playing and leadership, Kallis appointed as the captain to the South African team for 3 and 4 test match against Australia. Although he selected as temporary captain and later once again elected as a captain in 2008. This time as captain, Kallis played strong and won the game against Australia.
Later, as a player he some up and downs in batting from 2008 to 2009. In this period, Kallis had a low average of 38.32 from 18 test games.
In a game against Australia, Kallis returned to form by the partnership with the AB de Villiers and helped in chasing down the 414 runs. In test games, Kallis scored the total runs of 13,289 and in ODI scored 11,579 runs.
At the end of December 2013, Kallis announced his retirement in test games and by July 2014 retired from all forms of international cricket.
Other than the international games, Kallis also played domestic games such as Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore team and Kolkata Knight Riders. Later, For Kolkata Knight Riders team Kallis appointed as the head of the coach.
- First and only cricket player to achieve 10,000 runs in test and ODI plus 200 wickets.
- First and only player to take five wickets in ICC Champions Trophy finals.
- Also, Kallis has the most MOM(Man of the matches) in test cricket.