July 31, 2014

Jacques Kallis: the MVP of his generation

ESPNcricinfo staff
The cricket world reacts to Jacques Kallis' retirement from international cricket

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'He has no real weakness'

"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."
Kallis' South Africa 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!"
Kallis' South Africa 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."
Kallis' South Africa 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 Australia 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 Africa batsman HD Ackerman

"One of the most influential cricketers of all time calls stumps, congratulations @jacqueskallis75 on an amazing career. #Legend"
Former Australia allrounder Tom Moody

"@jacqueskallis75 congrats on a magnificent career mate! Best ever!"
Former Australia quick Brett Lee

"Jacques Kallis. An absolute pleasure to play against you. An allrounder I always admired a lot. #legend"
Former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood

"Congratulations to @jacqueskallis75 on a brilliant career. One of the game's greatest ever players and best allrounder of my era. #classact"
Former England captain Alec Stewart

"Most Valuable Player of our generation has called it quits from all forms of International cricket. An era has ended. Jacques 'Great' Kallis."
Former India batsman Aakash Chopra

"There are few cricketers who have made as big an impact as @jacqueskallis75 did in his career. Congratulations on your great career."
Former India allrounder Sanjay Bangar

"What we were able to see as players 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."
Kallis' South Africa team-mate Robin Peterson

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  • Android on August 1, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    jk you are the reason I love cricket

  • Android on August 1, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    why cant south african crickwt board bit him WC2015??...same as BCCI did in 2011...I mean all greats deserve this...

  • Harish on August 1, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    An absolute professional to the core. Dependable, skilled and always reliable. World cricket will miss the great Kallis.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    The purple patch he went in as a batsman 5 years ago landed him up @ 45 tons. We Indians were scared he wud overtake Tendlya's record. He wud have, probably, if he wud hv pursued Test Cricket for another 2 years, from his Test retirement date. That's the skill n ability of Jacques!!!

  • tarun on August 1, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    Most true all-rounders play like millionaires as they can afford to - being able to contribute in both disciplines. But not Kallis! His batting was unaffected by his bowling and bowling unaffected by his batting. A player of great mental strength, that took absolutely nothing for granted. A player that went about extracting the most of his ability in each discipline of this great game. Amazing!

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    You always know the great guys by the fact that th eopposition always wish them out/weren't playing etc. Kallis was always a huge thorn in every team's side, and he would never stop coming cos he can bat / bowl / field!

    W/be in any world XI since ... when? Ever?

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    He is no doubt the Most Valuable Cricketer of this Generation. In terms of a Batsmen though, Lara and Tendulkar are the top 2 and Ponting a Close 3rd.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Blunted the very best bowlers, showed the world that Ponting didnt play the short balls anymore, took catches in sleep, dazzled the very best batsmen with pace and swing... Not just 1, but arguably the best cricketer for 3 generations of people, who follow the game!!

  • Steven on July 31, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Yea I think kallis prob got out at the right time but it's still sad to see go cos every time I watched him bat I appreciated just how good he was as a batsman alone then you add the bowling and the catching to that man what a cricketer the best cricketer I've seen play that's for sure plus I respect him more for not having a ego and making the hard decision not to carry on to the World Cup through fitness and form issues a lot of players would be stubborn and just keep playing but kallis put his country and teammates first and wasn't afraid to swallow some pride for the best interests of everyone including himself thanks the memories that classical batting technique of yours will always stay in my mind

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Kallis was so boring to watch, I would rather watch even Chanderpaul or Dravid. Lara and Tendulkar had class, style, flamboyance and an aura around them!