Jacques Kallis retires December 25, 2013

'Cheers Woogie! You will be missed'

ESPNcricinfo staff
A selection of tributes from Jacques Kallis' team-mates and coaches after he decided the Durban Test will be the final one of a glorious career
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"And the test cricketing world says goodbye to another legend,if not the greatest...Cheers Woogie! U will be missed."
Mark Boucher

"It's been emotional few days knowing JK retiring.all I can say what a privilege to have played with the great man!"
Graeme Smith

"140 characters just won't be enough to do u justice, so in short then, Jacques Henry Kallis, we salute you. #legend #KingKallis"
AB de Villiers

"An amazin career from arguably South Africa's greatest sportsman.Lookin forward to 1 last game in whites with this legend @jacqueskallis75."
Hashim Amla

"And so after the boxing day test, come to end a test career of the #greatestcricketer the world has ever seen #certainlyinmyeyes #JHKallis."
Alviro Petersen

"Been an honour to share a changeroom with 1 of the gr8's of the game,may we giv u the send off u thoroughly deserve @jacqueskallis75 #legend."
JP Duminy

"What an honour sharing a changeroom with the greatest cricketer of all time @jacqueskallis75 .u will be missed.#kingKallis #legend"
Faf du Plessis

"Congrats @jacqueskallis75 '95 seems like just the other day! Thx for the memories & friendship! All the best with your last Test! #Respect"
Shaun Pollock

"Greatest cricketer SA has produced has retired.It was a privilege being part of a WP & Protea setup with him,@jacqueskallis75 enjoy the golf."
Head of the high performance program and former national bowling coach Vincent Barnes

"Was an honour and privilege to work with the greatest all round cricketer of all time @jacqueskallis75, farewell to the king!! #GOAT."
Former SA fitness and fielding coach and current Titans coach Rob Walter

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  • gimme-a-greentop on December 27, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    What I will miss most are the long, epic Kallis/Amla partnerships. Those must have been heartbreaking for bowlers.

  • adeng on December 26, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    A true role model for sports and cricket. I am proud to hail from the same country (and city) as you, King Kallis. An unassuming and humble man - I think a lot of international sportsmen should try to be more like you instead of trying to be headliners for all the wrong reasons... I will miss you in whites and I hope you and the boys can lift the world cup in 2015.

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    First of all #RESPECT#..then my only doubt is how can anybody be so good and over such a long period of time...then again wat am i saying...he is J Kalllis.

  • rohan34mca on December 25, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    In terms of Numbers - he is THE GREATEST even GREATER than Sachin! However in terms of being an impact player - He undobtedly fell short of players like Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Sir Sobers & other greats!

  • on December 25, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    those gorgeous cover drives going to be missed,,, good bye #legend

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 25, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    I have not seen Sobers or Imran or Kapil in action. To me Kallis will be the greatest EVER all-rounder to play the game. Looking forward to seeing you in action in limited overs cricket and in the IPL for KKR.

  • AjayB on December 25, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    It is difficult to pay tribute to a person you admire so much. It is remarkable that he is retiring with a better batting average than Lara, Ponting and Tendulkar in test cricket.

    I think he is going to miss the fanfare associated with "other" retirees from test cricket, but the true aficionados of cricket will cherish and respect his cricketing achievements. He will certainly cast a long shadow on all the all-rounders to come in the future.

  • pollydon on December 25, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    JK will be missed a lot, cannot forget his vital innings at Melborne & Cape town vs Aus.

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Kallis is the greatest all rounder in cricket history. his record is better than all other all rounders and his ability to stay on wicket and score runs is better than any cricketer ever born. A dream cricketer about whom we dream to become like him in our childhood.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on December 25, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Thanks for all the memories Jacques. We will certainly miss seeing that calm demeanour at the crease in whites. Hope you get a contract in IPL and continue to win us over.

  • gimme-a-greentop on December 27, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    What I will miss most are the long, epic Kallis/Amla partnerships. Those must have been heartbreaking for bowlers.

  • adeng on December 26, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    A true role model for sports and cricket. I am proud to hail from the same country (and city) as you, King Kallis. An unassuming and humble man - I think a lot of international sportsmen should try to be more like you instead of trying to be headliners for all the wrong reasons... I will miss you in whites and I hope you and the boys can lift the world cup in 2015.

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    First of all #RESPECT#..then my only doubt is how can anybody be so good and over such a long period of time...then again wat am i saying...he is J Kalllis.

  • rohan34mca on December 25, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    In terms of Numbers - he is THE GREATEST even GREATER than Sachin! However in terms of being an impact player - He undobtedly fell short of players like Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Sir Sobers & other greats!

  • on December 25, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    those gorgeous cover drives going to be missed,,, good bye #legend

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 25, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    I have not seen Sobers or Imran or Kapil in action. To me Kallis will be the greatest EVER all-rounder to play the game. Looking forward to seeing you in action in limited overs cricket and in the IPL for KKR.

  • AjayB on December 25, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    It is difficult to pay tribute to a person you admire so much. It is remarkable that he is retiring with a better batting average than Lara, Ponting and Tendulkar in test cricket.

    I think he is going to miss the fanfare associated with "other" retirees from test cricket, but the true aficionados of cricket will cherish and respect his cricketing achievements. He will certainly cast a long shadow on all the all-rounders to come in the future.

  • pollydon on December 25, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    JK will be missed a lot, cannot forget his vital innings at Melborne & Cape town vs Aus.

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Kallis is the greatest all rounder in cricket history. his record is better than all other all rounders and his ability to stay on wicket and score runs is better than any cricketer ever born. A dream cricketer about whom we dream to become like him in our childhood.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on December 25, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Thanks for all the memories Jacques. We will certainly miss seeing that calm demeanour at the crease in whites. Hope you get a contract in IPL and continue to win us over.

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Been blessed to follow most of Kallis's career and to have watched him on TV. I started to follow Cricket from the Rest of World Series in England 1970 and enjoyed reading Sobers' exploits and also against Australia in 70 - 71 but never got to watch the great man on TV. I always wondered why Kallis is always treated as second to Sobers. The only difference I noticed is in the style of play. Sobers took charge while Kallis always waited for the game to come to him [play safe?]. Other than that I feel blessed to have followed the careers of two great men. I hope Cricinfo can do a write up by Ian Chappell and the West Indian broadcaster Tony Cozier to bring to light the accomplishment and styles of these two great men. We the Fans and Cricket will be the poorer for loosing Kallis. Thank you Jacque for the memories.

  • Boytjie84 on December 25, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Best of all time! Bringing home the World Cup in 2015 would be the perfect send off!

  • srikanths on December 25, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Best all round cricketer possibly only after Gary Sobers. Great batsman, great bowler and fabulous slip catcher. Someone who truly could have been selected for batting or bowling alone. No one more dependable nor more valuable than him. SA had the advantage of playing with 12 (10+Kallis the bat+Kallis the bowler) plus a great slip fielder.

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    i didnot see Sir Garfield Sobers bat or ball..but still i can say..Kallis has been no less than him..and he has been among the three Safari players whom i loved to watch evrytime except playing agnst my team..the other two were Klusner nd Rhodes..kalllis has bn a phenomenon cricketer..an exceptional player..all the best buddy..

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    one of world's all time best- my hero. Best luck in the limited over matches.

  • VarunAGVU on December 25, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Wish you all the best, King Kallis. You have been a remarkable cricketer throughout your career. Your value to the game has been beyond description. Thank you, for all the intense cricket moments which make this game so intricate, yet simple. Salutations to the greatest cricketer of this generation.

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  • VarunAGVU on December 25, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Wish you all the best, King Kallis. You have been a remarkable cricketer throughout your career. Your value to the game has been beyond description. Thank you, for all the intense cricket moments which make this game so intricate, yet simple. Salutations to the greatest cricketer of this generation.

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    one of world's all time best- my hero. Best luck in the limited over matches.

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    i didnot see Sir Garfield Sobers bat or ball..but still i can say..Kallis has been no less than him..and he has been among the three Safari players whom i loved to watch evrytime except playing agnst my team..the other two were Klusner nd Rhodes..kalllis has bn a phenomenon cricketer..an exceptional player..all the best buddy..

  • srikanths on December 25, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Best all round cricketer possibly only after Gary Sobers. Great batsman, great bowler and fabulous slip catcher. Someone who truly could have been selected for batting or bowling alone. No one more dependable nor more valuable than him. SA had the advantage of playing with 12 (10+Kallis the bat+Kallis the bowler) plus a great slip fielder.

  • Boytjie84 on December 25, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Best of all time! Bringing home the World Cup in 2015 would be the perfect send off!

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Been blessed to follow most of Kallis's career and to have watched him on TV. I started to follow Cricket from the Rest of World Series in England 1970 and enjoyed reading Sobers' exploits and also against Australia in 70 - 71 but never got to watch the great man on TV. I always wondered why Kallis is always treated as second to Sobers. The only difference I noticed is in the style of play. Sobers took charge while Kallis always waited for the game to come to him [play safe?]. Other than that I feel blessed to have followed the careers of two great men. I hope Cricinfo can do a write up by Ian Chappell and the West Indian broadcaster Tony Cozier to bring to light the accomplishment and styles of these two great men. We the Fans and Cricket will be the poorer for loosing Kallis. Thank you Jacque for the memories.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on December 25, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Thanks for all the memories Jacques. We will certainly miss seeing that calm demeanour at the crease in whites. Hope you get a contract in IPL and continue to win us over.

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Kallis is the greatest all rounder in cricket history. his record is better than all other all rounders and his ability to stay on wicket and score runs is better than any cricketer ever born. A dream cricketer about whom we dream to become like him in our childhood.

  • pollydon on December 25, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    JK will be missed a lot, cannot forget his vital innings at Melborne & Cape town vs Aus.

  • AjayB on December 25, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    It is difficult to pay tribute to a person you admire so much. It is remarkable that he is retiring with a better batting average than Lara, Ponting and Tendulkar in test cricket.

    I think he is going to miss the fanfare associated with "other" retirees from test cricket, but the true aficionados of cricket will cherish and respect his cricketing achievements. He will certainly cast a long shadow on all the all-rounders to come in the future.