Jacques Kallis retires July 30, 2014

Kallis retires from international cricket

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Jacques Kallis has announced his retirement from international cricket, across all three formats. The South Africa batsman had quit Tests late last year and decided to call time on his limited-overs career after the recent poor one-day tour of Sri Lanka.

Kallis will, however, continue to play T20 franchise cricket for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and for Sydney Thunder in the BBL. He ends his ODI career with 11579 runs in 328 matches with 17 centuries and 86 fifties at an average of 44.36. He played 25 T20s, scoring 666 runs with five fifties. He is the only South African batsman with over 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs. Kallis had played his final Test in December 2013 against India in Durban, finishing with 13,289 runs in 166 matches with 45 centuries, 58 fifties at an average of 55.37. His last T20 was in October 2012.

Kallis, 38, had plans of playing the 2015 World Cup and was part of South Africa's ODI plans in the build-up. However, he managed scores of just 0,1 and 4 in the three ODIs in Sri Lanka recently.

"I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far," Kallis said in a statement. "Ï 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."

Kallis' ODI future was in the balance last year when he went on a ODI hiatus for a year and nine months. He had opted out of the 2013 Champions Trophy for personal reasons and did not join the team for a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in August and the Pakistan series in the UAE. He used the winter break to reassess his future and spoke to coach Russell Domingo about playing one more global tournament. He thus made a return for the home ODIs against Pakistan and India towards the end of 2013. However, he was well below his best since his return, scoring just one fifty in seven games.

The national selectors were planning to rest a few players for the upcoming three-match bilateral ODI series in Zimbabwe, but send a full-strength squad for the tri-series to follow. The challenge for the selectors was to build the team around Kallis and in the past, Faf du Plessis was left out to accommodate him.

"South Africa has been blessed with one of the world's greatest cricketing talents in Jacques Kallis," said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat. "He is undeniably one of the greatest players ever to have graced our wonderful game and he has certainly been the Proteas standard-bearer of excellence for nearly two decades.

"He has played a huge part in making cricket a truly national sport of winners and, in doing so, contributed so much to the important process of nation building. He is a true professional and it has been an absolute privilege to have worked with him both as Convener of selectors and now as chief executive."

"To say that we will miss him on the playing field is stating the obvious. Each one of us from this day on will treasure the many fond memories of his awesome career."

Though he had an illustrious career as a batsman, spanning close to 19 years, he was never a full-time captain. He led the side in two Tests, both at home against Australia, and 13 ODIs as a stop-gap.

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  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | July 31, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Jacques Henry Kallis ... The sportsman, the mentor, the friend ... stood through thick and thin ... As a batsman ... He was steady ... motivated ... attacked when needed but most importantly valued his wicket more than his opponents ... As a bowler ... not the fastest ... not the most frequently turned to but a partnership breaker ... A wily old fox ... often experimenting and getting in batsmen out ... As a fielder ... a sure pair of hands ... when it goes in his direction it was often pounced ... Lots of hours were spent building over 25534 runs over 577 wickets and 338 catches ... His overall average is 49.1 ... Mike Hussey comes next on 49 ... His net average is 16.95 ... Allan Border is next of the people who took over 100 wickets at 8.67 ... Shuan Pollock has a net average of 5 ... A true sportsman always had praise for the opposition when he lost ... always did his best ... All the BEST for the future Jacques ... You WILL be missed ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    A very sentimental moment as a true colossus of the game takes his bow after enthralling millions of cricket lovers with his, often understated, magic for almost two decades. The most classical of batsmen that one could ever hope to see and a medium pace swing bowler that a captain would dream about, not to forget the expertise at slips with 200 Test catches. A true gentleman of the game in an era when this genre is becoming a rarity, he has enthralled all his fans with his charm and has given us all the great joy of watching cricket. Adieu, Jacques as you think back on an amazing career almost chock full of only highs. We, your fans, thank you with all our hearts.

  • POSTED BY Sooraj4cricket on | July 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    What is that which separates the legends from the mortals ? What makes them eternal ? Is it their successes ? Is it their greatness ? Is it their mere presence which tends to give us a calm reassurance ? Or, it might be something much more; than what us mere mortals can fathom. Be it in epics, be it in myths, be it in revolution, politics, war or be it even in sports, there are those few whom we look up to. Those few who make their trade the more alluring. Those few, who give an all new definition to their craft. When it comes to cricket, there have been few who fit the analogue as completely as Jacques Henry Kallis. If Don Bradman himself has said that Gary Sobers is the greatest cricketer ever, then surely Kallis is the greatest cricketer in our era,hands down. A precious nugget anybody would blindly put in their team,simply because of his ability to win the match with both willow and leather. It might take generations to produce another Kallis, but until then, we can celebrate him..

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Kallis is one of the greatest players in all time list. A genuine all rounder with an amazing ability both mentally and physically. Batting at no.3, fast medium bowling and a pair of safe hands at slips. How many of this kind of players we see at international level at any given time? With such an ability, he has always remained a gentlemen in the game and always remained a team man, the very reason you are retiring today to pave way to a fellow player who can possibly contribute more in achieving SA's long term dream of world cup title.

    Hat off to you Kallis and players like you are absolutely rare and we are lucky to have witnessed you playing, certainly being a treat to watch!!!

  • POSTED BY Deva on | August 1, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Jacques Kallis.... have never seen Garry Sobers playing... but you filled in his boots perfectly...The modern Garry Sobers , what a performer, with the bat and ball.. a big salute to you..

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 1, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    The greatest ever all rounder in cricket for sure and thanks a lot for the fond memories. Hope you become a commentator.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 1, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Jacq Kallis is d best in the world. Thx for making entertainment all these years JK we miss u and v all love u

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    As a huge cricket fan,its shocking that d author fails to mention about his(kallis) bowling records in this column.kallis is a wicket taking bowler...i love his bowling very much.......he has changed the match whenever he comes to bowls...whats very interesting is his records and stats as a batsman is more class compared to best batsman in the world..do his bowling records and stats too...Miss ur game gentleman!!!

  • POSTED BY argylep on | July 31, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Once quoted as saying..'I'm not interested in stats'.. but also admitted that he might when he'd finished look back on his career with some satisfaction?. Well he deserves to as his numbers make PHENOMENAL reading. Indeed they are unlikely EVER to be surpassed in the all rounder category. Talk about the Sobers the Bothams, the Hadlees, the Khans, the Akrams,..and all the subjective variables apart.. he is at the very least right up there with and arguably better than all of them. He batted all his career in the top 4, stood at second slip, bowled fast (at his peak) a batting average in both formats which is much...Sangakarra apart... superior to all his contempories, and finished with bowling stats most front line specialist bowlers would have been happy with. As one of his admirers there is a part of me that is glad he has retired as he can now get & is receiving the kind of plaudits that his achievements should be recognised for...quite simply as a true great!

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 31, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    He is now in line with legends. He will be model cricketer for decades to come.

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | July 31, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Jacques Henry Kallis ... The sportsman, the mentor, the friend ... stood through thick and thin ... As a batsman ... He was steady ... motivated ... attacked when needed but most importantly valued his wicket more than his opponents ... As a bowler ... not the fastest ... not the most frequently turned to but a partnership breaker ... A wily old fox ... often experimenting and getting in batsmen out ... As a fielder ... a sure pair of hands ... when it goes in his direction it was often pounced ... Lots of hours were spent building over 25534 runs over 577 wickets and 338 catches ... His overall average is 49.1 ... Mike Hussey comes next on 49 ... His net average is 16.95 ... Allan Border is next of the people who took over 100 wickets at 8.67 ... Shuan Pollock has a net average of 5 ... A true sportsman always had praise for the opposition when he lost ... always did his best ... All the BEST for the future Jacques ... You WILL be missed ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    A very sentimental moment as a true colossus of the game takes his bow after enthralling millions of cricket lovers with his, often understated, magic for almost two decades. The most classical of batsmen that one could ever hope to see and a medium pace swing bowler that a captain would dream about, not to forget the expertise at slips with 200 Test catches. A true gentleman of the game in an era when this genre is becoming a rarity, he has enthralled all his fans with his charm and has given us all the great joy of watching cricket. Adieu, Jacques as you think back on an amazing career almost chock full of only highs. We, your fans, thank you with all our hearts.

  • POSTED BY Sooraj4cricket on | July 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    What is that which separates the legends from the mortals ? What makes them eternal ? Is it their successes ? Is it their greatness ? Is it their mere presence which tends to give us a calm reassurance ? Or, it might be something much more; than what us mere mortals can fathom. Be it in epics, be it in myths, be it in revolution, politics, war or be it even in sports, there are those few whom we look up to. Those few who make their trade the more alluring. Those few, who give an all new definition to their craft. When it comes to cricket, there have been few who fit the analogue as completely as Jacques Henry Kallis. If Don Bradman himself has said that Gary Sobers is the greatest cricketer ever, then surely Kallis is the greatest cricketer in our era,hands down. A precious nugget anybody would blindly put in their team,simply because of his ability to win the match with both willow and leather. It might take generations to produce another Kallis, but until then, we can celebrate him..

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Kallis is one of the greatest players in all time list. A genuine all rounder with an amazing ability both mentally and physically. Batting at no.3, fast medium bowling and a pair of safe hands at slips. How many of this kind of players we see at international level at any given time? With such an ability, he has always remained a gentlemen in the game and always remained a team man, the very reason you are retiring today to pave way to a fellow player who can possibly contribute more in achieving SA's long term dream of world cup title.

    Hat off to you Kallis and players like you are absolutely rare and we are lucky to have witnessed you playing, certainly being a treat to watch!!!

  • POSTED BY Deva on | August 1, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Jacques Kallis.... have never seen Garry Sobers playing... but you filled in his boots perfectly...The modern Garry Sobers , what a performer, with the bat and ball.. a big salute to you..

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 1, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    The greatest ever all rounder in cricket for sure and thanks a lot for the fond memories. Hope you become a commentator.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 1, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Jacq Kallis is d best in the world. Thx for making entertainment all these years JK we miss u and v all love u

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    As a huge cricket fan,its shocking that d author fails to mention about his(kallis) bowling records in this column.kallis is a wicket taking bowler...i love his bowling very much.......he has changed the match whenever he comes to bowls...whats very interesting is his records and stats as a batsman is more class compared to best batsman in the world..do his bowling records and stats too...Miss ur game gentleman!!!

  • POSTED BY argylep on | July 31, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Once quoted as saying..'I'm not interested in stats'.. but also admitted that he might when he'd finished look back on his career with some satisfaction?. Well he deserves to as his numbers make PHENOMENAL reading. Indeed they are unlikely EVER to be surpassed in the all rounder category. Talk about the Sobers the Bothams, the Hadlees, the Khans, the Akrams,..and all the subjective variables apart.. he is at the very least right up there with and arguably better than all of them. He batted all his career in the top 4, stood at second slip, bowled fast (at his peak) a batting average in both formats which is much...Sangakarra apart... superior to all his contempories, and finished with bowling stats most front line specialist bowlers would have been happy with. As one of his admirers there is a part of me that is glad he has retired as he can now get & is receiving the kind of plaudits that his achievements should be recognised for...quite simply as a true great!

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 31, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    He is now in line with legends. He will be model cricketer for decades to come.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 31, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    After WC 2003, retirement of Kirsten and Jonty, two backbone batsmen made him taking more responsibility as batsman rather than all-rounder. Otherwise he would have 400 wickets in both the formats.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 31, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    He took the decision in favour his team, nation instead of personal ambition of playing WC 15. He knew he is out of form and Faf is unnecessarily blocked. Recent double series victory in Srilanka assured him that team is well balanced and need get to go. Wise decision Kallis, well done...

  • POSTED BY FiGhtCluB_99 on | July 31, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    With Kallis saying goodbye, all modern era legends have retired now. We're gonna miss the golden days of top quality cricket. Thank you for the entertainment Kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    greatest all rounder of all time but not the greatest cricketer in the modern era because that tour against sri lanka did hurt his chances and i still think sangakkara is the greatest modern batsmen right now

  • POSTED BY AzizR_Lye on | July 31, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Its a shame to see Kallis go. He has been one of the best at batting, bowling and fielding. One of the true great players. He will be missed. All the best for the future. I hope he comes into commentary.

  • POSTED BY sjuyal on | July 31, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    The second last of the giants of my generation of cricket watchers. Only Chanders remains.

    Maxwell can keep his sixes, johnson his pace, they are not half as wonderful as watching Kallis grit it out on a sunny day with either bat or ball.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | July 31, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Best cricker I have ever seen an absolute gem!!!! There will never be another like KING KALLIS. IF HE WERE INDIAN HE WOULD BE A GOD AND IF HE WERE AN AUSSIE HE WOULD HAVE HIS OWN MUSEUMS AND STATUES. Proudly South Afrcan!!

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | July 31, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Kallis is the second best all rounder of all time (after Sobers who is miles ahead) and the best batsman of the modern era, although Sangakarra is making a strong case for the best batsman of the modern era.

  • POSTED BY Vel2win on | July 31, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Though I am a fan of Indian cricket, I love to watch kallis both batting and bowling ... A true all rounder in this era, really cricket fans will miss his treat in the field. Good luck for Kallis for his future life..

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 31, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    "KING KALLIS" will be missed badly by the cricket lovers all over !!!! at least he will be there playing IPL & BBL & we will be so lucky enough to watch this great playing in those leagues in future !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 31, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    greatest all rounder of all time

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    one of the best allrounders of all time

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | July 31, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    An incredible player.

    Probably the best modern great player. His record in all formats is incredible. His batting averages and stats alone would be enough to consider him a great. An average of 55 in tests is significantly higher than most modern players. An ODI average over 40 puts him above many others.

    Then you add in the bowling. Nearly 300 wickets at an average of nearly 30. People may criticise his bowing average but that is certainly more than useful. It's also similar to the averages of Broad and Anderson, who are both considered excellent bowlers.

    Good to see he knows when he's beat. He was clearly struggling, so he put the team first by calling it a day.

    Not sure there will be another Kallis for a while. There are allrounders. However Neesham, Anderson of New Zealand seem a bit light on the bowling side. Stokes seems too bits and pieces. Woakes, Faulkner, Ashwin need to develop both aspects but have potential. The truth is there is no Kallis replacement in cricket.

  • POSTED BY Indian_Kari_Pakku on | July 31, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Fans, please don't try to compare Kallis with Sachin Tendulkar. Kallis is a good all rounder while Sachin is the GOD of cricket.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | July 31, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: For you BIg 3 is Poning-Lara and kallis but sachin not in here??? Then you must be SL FAN!!! Yes BIG 3 Is DRAVID-KALLIs-PONTING but above these 3 are Tendulkar and Lara

  • POSTED BY bugsy002 on | July 31, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Great Player Great Sportman and Gentleman in Sport........ gave more than 100% for RSA Just Scond Best All rounder in ODI cricket second only for MASTER BLASTER 'SanaTh JaYasooriya' from SL, but Jaque is Best all arounder in TEST cricket As srilnkan We wish All the best for This Shining Star....

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | July 31, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    I think you'd be hard pressed to argue against Kallis being the greatest allrounder ever. Without get into the intangibles around different eras and all the other arguments that come up at these times, over 25,000 international runs and nearly 600 international wickets is pretty difficult to argue with.

    Regardless, it's a sad feeling to say goodbye to another one of the greats. Men like Kallis - good natured, extremely competitive every time he is on the field, gentlemanly and respectful to the opposition while always doing everything he can to win, and above all possessed of the right mindset to play all formats - they are becoming increasingly rare in this game. All the best Jacques, you've been a pleasure to watch from little old New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    greatest all rounder in the world of cricket .. we will remember you always..

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | July 31, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @Marcel_Ci In the subcontinent in all forms of cricket JH Kallis averaged 48.56 with 11 hundreds ... So he made runs there ... he also took 92 wickets ... at 31.3 ... Only 5 players from SA/Aus have a higher batting average of those who have played 50 or more games there ... G Kirsten, MEK Hussey, H Amla, MG Bevan, and AB De Villiers ...and only Ponting scored more runs there ... He has a net average of 17.26 runs in the subcontinent, which is the best overall ... The only place where he failed with the bat is Sri-Lanka ... he averaged 35.51 there ... and only has a net average of 4.43 there ...

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | July 31, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    One the greats of all time. I regard him above the likes of sachin. As he was a march winner and proper all rounder. Huge respect.

  • POSTED BY DaveFish on | July 31, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    KING KALLIS Well Played, pure class and a joy to watch stroking it through covers time & time again

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | July 31, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    When Sachin retired, we lost a great batsman. When Warne retired, we lost a great bowler. When Jonty retired, we lost a great fielder and when Kallis retired, we lost a great batsman, a great bowler and a great fielder. It is like, SA lost 3 great players at the same time. Kallis - The Mandela of SA Cricket! The Shadow of Garry Sobers! The Son of Cricket! Respect from SL!!

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | July 31, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Once in a lifetime player, maybe even once in a double lifetime. To have someone which such extraordinary gifts with the bat, ball and in the field is a absolute rarity. He is like a gem washed up on the beach that we have taken home to view its brilliance, but will we ever find another one in the next 50, 60, 90 years? Only time will tell, in the meantime I will sit back and admire a marvel.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    The greatest all rounder of our time calls it quits.

    25,000+ International Runs, ~600 international wickets, and 200 catches. WOW.

    And such humility to go with the greatness.

    One of the rare moments when cricket fans all over the world will all stand up and salute the genius. Well played Kallis and thanks for being a great ambassador for the game. Will miss you.

  • POSTED BY Paddy789 on | July 31, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Respect to the great alrounder of all time !!!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 31, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Wishing JK a happy & a stress free retired life !!!! after his yeoman services to SA cricket for so many years he richly deserves that.... good luck !!!

  • POSTED BY threeheadedmonkey on | July 31, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    An amazing cricketer with an even more amazing hairpiece.

  • POSTED BY Sexysteven on | July 31, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    It's avery sad day for world cricket one of the greatest all rounder retires from international cricket I congratulate him on his great career and even more for making the decision to put his team and country before himself he could have easily played on to world on past performances but he decide his form wasn't good enough to continue and that's never a easy thing to decide especially when he so wanted to make it to the World Cup so he should be commended for making that tough call and to make it easier for his country so the selectors don't have to have a debate on weather to carry him through to the World Cup or not he's diff a once in alife time player every time he came down to my part of the world I always enjoyed watching kallis play watching that classical technique of his classy batsmen alone then his bowling was Abig bonus he will be missed a lot by me I always wanted him to score runs

  • POSTED BY neonblaze on | July 31, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Greatness is fully acknowledged and respected only once past because only hindsight is 20/20! People, take note and applaud the colossus that bestrode the world cricket stage in our lucky lifetimes and don't fault to falsely underestimate his achievements! Kallis has done enough and more to provide 4K resolution to our collective afterthoughts to rest any debate (seriously?) about the all-time greatest cricketer. Excellence - check. Longevity - check. Passion - check. Any more and you could accuse him of Creation! However, let's just be honest and fair - let's just applaud Achievement. Jacques Kallis!

  • POSTED BY katch47 on | July 31, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    @Marcel_Ci you know who holds the record for the most man of the match awards and second most man of the series awards in test matches? and who holds the 3rd and 10th in respective oneday internationals? And just tell me how a player like Kallis who is not a match winner according to your perspective gets that kind of awards?

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | July 31, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Greatest_Game.....if u require RR of more than 6/7 in an ODI u cannot expect kallis to win a match for SA. he is more like sheet anchor to hold the innings bt not an impact player during his whole career. Before it used to be gibbs boucher & now amla ABD r the ones who made SA a competitive team. Also Kallis's weakness in subcontinent (other than his familiar playing conditions) as well as in Aus is well known. He cud nvr perform in these 2 places.

  • POSTED BY Destiny11 on | July 31, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    KALLIS ( The backbone of South African Cricket Team for years ) - He was a Mr. Cricket in true sense.. Truly a legend & a gentleman, good decision at the right time with so many fond memories..I wish him good luck for his future!!!

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | July 31, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Hope Mahela J takes Kallis as an example.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Very good and brave decision. Good example for all cricketers.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | July 31, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    @ Marcel_Ci believes that "Kallis was not a match winner."

    South Africa have won one ICC knockout ODI Cup - the first Champion's Trophy. It was a true knockout - no group matches - just quarters, semis & finals. SA played 3 match, winning all, and the standout, by far, was Kallis. He was Player of the Match in two of the matches, and Player of the tournament. He remains the only person to have scored a century and taken a 5 for in any Champions Trophy.

    Kallis not a match winner?? Perhaps it is rather @ Marcel_Ci who is not a student of this game, and knows little about it?

  • POSTED BY warnerbasher on | July 31, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    A stupendous cricketer and a highly dignified man. Never resorted to churlish behaviour probably because he was so good he didn't need to. Surely the greatest cricketer of the last 20 years and in the highest echelon of allrounders that the game has ever produced. Look forward to seeing him here in Sydney when he plays for the Thunder though hope not to much of him when he plays the Sixers!!!!

  • POSTED BY jessulkot on | July 31, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    So shall we call it's all over? One more legend retiring from the Business. Yesterday in office I had a long conversation about Kallis; Discussing who will be the best player to play on Australia/NewZeland Pitches in coming CWC. Kallis was the one unanimously the best in the situation and got the news in the evening that he is retiring. I never saw Ian Botham play, and I am sure I am not going to see the better all-rounder than Kallis in near future. He is without a shadow of doubt the perfect all-rounder cricketing world have ever seen. Once Boucher said, "Jacques usually doesn't speak in the dressing room. He is a quite personality, but whenever he speaks people listen." He has managed to won the heart all around the globe. We all gonna miss one of the Best Slip Catcher, The Best test batsman, a genuine Bowler and most Importantly a true gentleman ever play Cricket. #TakeABow.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Congrats King Kallis . Awesome cricketer . One of the top 5 batsmen of his era , Surely more then a good bowler , excellent catcher . No controversies , not many can account to that much . As a batsmen and a match winner not as good as Sachin but close to him , as a cricketer better . Surely better then Imran Khan and even Kapil Dev as allrounder . Sobers .....? , can't say . Surely King Kallis is the sobers for nearly 18 years . He was south Africa's greatest luxury . Would have been fitting if Kallis would retired like Sachin with a WC . Sad to see u quit . Brave decission . Would love to see u with any ipl . Good bye sir . You will be missed

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Jacky,one of the finest cricketer I have seen in my follow up of cricket sine 1970.A through professional and gentleman,Jack will be remembered by the millions of cricket lovers around the world.The world cricket will miss you a lot.We all love you Jack.Please try to keep relation with this wonderful game in any capacity. We wish you very best of luck in the days to come.Nazrul from BD.

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | July 31, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    kallis was not a match winner but yes in greats of cricket like mahela jayawardhene of SL. I hope he cud have made some runs in subcontinent also to prove his mettle all over the globe. He was more like a filler in SA team never a match winner. Players like Amla & ABD outshined him in yesteryears

  • POSTED BY katch47 on | July 31, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    My predecessors are proud saying they watched proper all round cricket likes of Botham and Sobers. I still no need to be ashamed of because I watched king Kallis playing. Cricketers who called themselvs allrounders come and go poof all the time. but this guy can play NO 3 position in the batting lineup, has the ability to bowl as a frontline bowler and break partnerships. In all three formats. He deserves to be in the greatest allrounder of all time position cuz I'm pretty sure he played more competitve cricket compare to the two other great players I've mentioned above. And why he is not in the cricinfo legends list????

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | July 31, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Sad day South African. We will never produce an allrounder like him. These type players are only produced once in every 40 or 50 years. I wish he plays more tests for us. Anyways good luck to kallis in his future.

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | July 31, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    The complete package. Cricket is poorer without him. I would not like to compare him with anyone as its already being done. One of those cricketers, as Ian Chappell once said, who you pick first as kids sort out teams between the 22 standing. That really says it all.

    Lara, Sachin, Mcgrath, Akram, Donald, Waqar, Warne, Gilchrist, Ponting, Murali, and now this guy! Men who played all forms of the game and excelled in it.Really cricket is hapless now. Hopefully new era will entice us again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    May be the greatest all rounder in all formats. Great player. All the best!!!

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | July 31, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Hats-Off to the second greatest next to sobers!!! Such an amazing player. Impossible to replace in coming eras....Though was not a match winner(Did not win any trophy worth mentioning for SA) like TENDULKAR and PONTING and LARA (Both won WC and Champion trophies and many more). But was always on par with ponting,dravid ...But a touch below tendulkar and lara. Thank you king kallis!!!

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | July 31, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Kallis is the undisputed champion of our era no matter what the others say. He has an overall career record that will be impossible to break. He stood up for SA in all three departments everytime SA needed him to and he did with tremendous consistency.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | July 31, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    Hats off to the legend..! Probably the best all-rounder ever considering his performances across all formats. If we only consider his batting talent he comes after Bradman,Sobers, Viv Richards followed by Hobbs,Sanga, Lara, G.Pollock and Tendulkar. Best of luck for the rest of your career...

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    LEGEND in every aspect! Perhaps the greatest Cricketer ever! Salute and a bow from Sri Lanka...

  • POSTED BY Rolfardeo on | July 31, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Very close to being the best batsman of his era, undoubtedly the best allrounder since Sobers (really only Botham compares), and quite possibly the greatest allrounder of all time (depending on how one likes to judge these things). Jacques Kallis' retirement makes the world of cricket a poorer place ... he will be missed by true fans of cricket from all nations.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    One of the greatest allrounder who goes on doing his job without fuss. What a servant he has been for the world cricket. Hatssoff to you Kallis. Its a shame that he is normally forgotten around names like Tendulkar, ponting,Lara...but the fact he is he is right up there and probably adds even more value with his bowling into consideration.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | July 31, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    & kkr end up with a costly white elephant for another 2 years. thats why ipl sides should not hire over the hill cricketers whose time has come unless they bring brand value (like brett lee, gilchrist etc)

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 31, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    The undisputed cricket champion of the world in our era!

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | July 31, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    True great of modern game.1 of 'big3' of this gen.-Lara,Ponting and Kallis,the 3 genuine great batsmen of this time,in that order.With this its end of an era.A watershed moment in cricket.Wont see likes of these again.Congrats,thanks for the e'tainment!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 30, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    I doubt the world will see another all-rounder in this caliber for very for very long time. Another legend has call it quits. He will be remembered as one of the greats. All the best Kallis. Thank you for the entertainment over last two decades.

  • POSTED BY akpy on | July 30, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Awesome career but all good things come to an end, dont they? Some people commenting rightly about his bowling skills and rating him up there in comparison to other modern greats. In that sense, then Sachin is right next as he has 200 international wickets, with some crucial bowling cameos and once he had Dravid, VVS joining the team, he simply moved out of slips to protect his fingers - otherwise, he was a decent catcher and fielder as well. Lara, ponting, Dravid, Warne, Murali, Mcgrath, etc were all great in what they did and good in the field as well, especially the batsmen

  • POSTED BY Mohammad-Ali on | July 30, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Kallis - A legend and a complete cricketer of our era. It will take 100s of years to produce a cricketer of likes of Kallis. Just look at his batting average: 49.10 with 25000+ runs. Even as a batsmen he has better average than other known Great Batsmen. 577 wickets as a 3rd seamer at an average of 32.14 is more than good. A good slip fielder and over all 388 catches.

    I really don't think so if anyone even in future could ever come closer to Kallis, be it as batsmen/bowler/fielder. Cricket South Africa were truly blessed to have a cricketer like Kallis. Cricket will miss you Kallis.

  • POSTED BY crktcrzy on | July 30, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    @Rawi Shah Nice choices but how could you forget old legends such as WG Grace, Sid Barnes, Vic Trumper, Wally Hammond, Ranji, G Lohmann, G Headley, Grimmett etc? How on earth are AB D, Sehwag (!!!), Gilchrist, even S Waugh better cricketers than them???

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Continued: Someone who bowled a marathon number of overs--some 5000 overs--in higher 130s kmp/hr, amassed almost 31000 runs, with those buckets that caged 330 odd fliers. My legs tremor in sympathy to those that carried such a colossus. If not for anything Jacques Henry Kallis must be recognised as the most valuable player for the sheer dedication towards the game that kept him fit for such an unbelievably long span. Evidently, he has again put his country above his self interest by not hanging around there when he knew, we all knew, it would be just a matter of an innings or so to be among the runs again. My heart sinks. How will be cricket after him. Forget cricket, how will be life after him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    A lot has been written about Jacques's place in pantheon of cricket world. Discussions would invariably centre around whether Kallis could be regarded as the best player ever to have played the game. While it would be too simplistic a notion to crown a player as the best of the lot, failing to do so would equally be injustice to human inquisitiveness. Many parameters can be drawn for the purpose: grace for aesthetics, crease occupation for stubbornness, high-elbow cover drive for purist, walking for ethical concerns and so on and so forth. All too subjective, though. So prone to be changed. Something of beauty in beholder's eye-type. Numbers however do not. Cricket and maths are so inseparable. Ultimately, it is numbers to which all these elegant cover drives or a curved outswinger owe their lives to. What about someone who mastered them all? Someone who maintained perfect equilibrium between what he has done and how he had done that. Cont.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | July 30, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Respect legend we will miss you.

  • POSTED BY wpbus13 on | July 30, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    A once in a lifetime cricketer whose stats may never be replicated...three cheers to a legend!!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 30, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    One of the greatest cricketing legends , the best of best all rounders the world as ever produced

    You will be always remembered as the best of best all rounders of cricket

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | July 30, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    I will be missing you Kallis in ground...what a player he is..with his allround capabilities, was easily saving one place in his team, so that SA could play with 12 men in ground...I still remember the Champions Trophy performance, in which he score century and took 5 wickets in semi final and final and helped SA to get its first ICC trophy...i literally cried when Sachin retired from all forms of cricket...now also if i have free time, i will be keep on watching the great innings of LEGENDS (Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Gilchrist, Lara, Ponting, Jayasuriya and Kallis)..really it hurts a lot to take such kind of tough decision just before the world cup...but every good thing has an end...Im very fortunate to see your great innings...best of luck Kallis for your future endeavours...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    One of the best player of south africa has ever produced and role model for upcoming cricketers around the world.. best of luck his future endeavor .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    A legend, world cricket will have to wait for an all rounder that would match his caliber. Thank you Kallis for giving world cricket such a wonderful moments.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    As a cricketer i and many others will put Kallis in top3 of all time, he is genius, 21 MAN OF THE MATCH awards in test cricket is just amazing record, complete cricketer, true legeng. After analyzing over 300 great cricketers,just their international cricket record,my top25 cricketers of all time till now are: 1) sir don bradman, 2) sobers and kallis, 4) sachin and murli, 6) warne and lara, 8) imran khan, 9) viv richard, 10) lille, marshal and steyn, 13)dravid, ponting and sangakara, 16) wasim akram, 17) mcgrath, 18) hobbs,hutton, 20) gilcrist, 21) botham, hedlee and kapil dev. 24)ab devillier, 25)sewagh, gavaskar, steve waugh i think ab will climb up after 3 years in this ranking if he continues his form

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Legends never quits, dies or relegate. Kallis will always be remembered as the greatest all-rounder of Cricket. I consider him better player than Bradman and Tendulkar because he knows how to ball, bat and catch.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Top player- great batsman and very useful bowler who could bowl at a fair lick when the mood took him.

  • POSTED BY Gareth_Bain on | July 30, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Greatest player of his generation! Sadly, all things have to end at some point..

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | July 30, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    A terrific player !! When you speak of genuine all-rounders in the game, Kallis will easily feature in top 3 in my books. In fact, I think he's the BEST all-rounder after Sir Garry Sobers. He will be missed by SA for sure. I thought he easily could have played one last world cup and win it for SA. Anyway, good luck to him in whatever he chooses to do in life. Hopefully, he can belt it out of the park for KKR in the upcoming CLT20. Well done Jacques, you are a legend !

  • POSTED BY caldruid on | July 30, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    The best all-rounder of the last decade. Thank you for all the wonderful memories!

  • POSTED BY TheMysteryMan on | July 30, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Every player who has earned his place in international career has the day when he realises that he is done. Few great players get to make the call to call it quits on their terms. It is sad to see Kallis quit, but it has been great privilege to have seen him play. What a generation of cricketers we have had. Tendulkar, Kallis, Glenn McGrath, Dravid, Ganguly, Sangakkara, Muralitharan, Ponting, Gilchrist and few others i missed all playing in same era. That era is coming to an end. Sad but inevitable. Thanks you for the memories and farewell.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    U are the bst olrundr we hd ever seen we ol gonna miss u Sir...

    bst wishes for ur future...

    u earn our respct SIR _/\_

  • POSTED BY crzcric on | July 30, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Best cricketer in the past decade. He has a better batting record than sachin tendulkar as well.Once in a life time player. I don't think anyone can replace him. Sad to see he didn't play 2015WC. What a player. King kallis

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | July 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Yet another example of a great player quitting at the right time, rather than prolonging career.. either for personal milestones or for World Cup. Great call by a great player!

  • POSTED BY No.444 on | July 30, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    As a batsman, he had a few peers - the greats. None of those peers were even close to him as a bowler - they weren't even in the same town, let alone the same park. The best cricketer of his generation by miles. No one came close. His humble manner and lack of off-field headlines only add to the great legacy he will leave. Kallis will join Sobers at the pinnacle of cricket. An absolute legend.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    One of the few players who converted their domestic averages into a international cricket in all the three formats. See u in CL T20. Play for fun not for proud. enjoy your franchise cricket.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | July 30, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Out-bat you, out-bowl you and catch you out. Thats King Kallis. A once in a lifetime player with extraordinary gifts, I wont ever see another of his kind while I live.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    great cricketer, and awesome all rounder, probably the best after sober. Hatts of to you, you gave us a story to share to next generation.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    LEGEND! Best of luck in whatever you do Jacques Kallis! Best allrounder ever?

  • POSTED BY offnon on | July 30, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    You will be missed. Take a bow the best all rounder I have seen.

  • POSTED BY Lotr3 on | July 30, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Truly a sad day for all cricket lovers. What a player, knows he is done after the ODI series but holds on the decision until the Test series is over, still putting country first even at the end. Great going Sir.

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | July 30, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    pretty similar to the likes of rahul dravid of India. yet the most important member of team during his years.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Thank you King Kallis.the game is now out its Legend.Would like if he makes a comeback in Tests.He can play as batsmen and still play at least 2 more years. Best all round player ever.

  • POSTED BY yogicoolboy on | July 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Kallis will be missed. The greatest allrounder south africa have produced. All the best

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    good player but never dominated like lara , ponting and even sachin

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    A legend! Pure Legend! The name 'Kallis' is easily synonymous with class, grace, and style. He has been a great servant to the game of Cricket and has entertained millions of fans around the world for a decade. His style of batting was such that, even the opponents would be forced to clap for him. Wish him a great life ahead! Hats off to a master!

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | July 30, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Sensible decision. Pity he had to make when he was no longer wanted in the side and more of a burden. Great allrounder nonetheless. In all formats. Adjusted well to LOI demands, especially after being sidelined for T20s. Still he never in the international format there like other world beaters. Biggest compliment to him is that there are many fronline bowlers throughout the history of Test&ODI cricket who wish to have his stats.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | July 30, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Jacques Kallis is a Cricketing Legend!! all the best!! great career and been a great sportsman and ambassador for sport and country!! South Africa should be proud.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    We miss you kallis... True legend .. Gentle player.. Hats offf!!! We salute with maximum gratitudes.. From Sri Lanka ...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    best all rounder ever...I still believe tat 2 more years test cticket left with him...he is gentleman cricket one of legend. ..hat off you

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Hats off to you world's best all rounder & my favourite cricket legend.Not only me but also Cricket will miss you .

  • POSTED BY amq62 on | July 30, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    I miss you kallis. I was shocked when Allen Border retired from cricket and now i have same feeling. Anyhow you are a shinning star in cricket and will twilight forever.

  • POSTED BY web_guru2003 on | July 30, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    What a player. He was no less than Tendulkars, Pontings, Laras and Inzimams but always kept low profile. He to me in fact was more valuable for the team than above mentioned greats because of his bowling capabilities. He was capable of walking into any team just because of his batting abilities but throw in 100s of wickets with that and he was a MUST HAVE.

    I wish him all the best for this future stints. Also, what a brave decision unlike our East Asian (specially Indians and Pakistani) player. If he was in Pakistan or India, he would have played for 3-4 more years without performing.

  • POSTED BY Ali_86xz on | July 30, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Feeling sad but an excellent decision from Kallis... Thanks for the fun! The greatest allrounder of this generation without any doubt.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Always a huge roar at Newlands when you came out to bat. Thanks for the wonderful memories Jacques.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Kallis, the myth of cricket leaves the game of cricket. Another time the spirit of cricket disturbed after Tendulkar's retirement. You were a true legend kallis. It was one of the best time for South African cricket in spending so much time with you.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | July 30, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Amazingly SA is one of those teams who wont really miss a gem like Kallis when you consider he kept out Faf on the SL tour. What a legend, what a player and sad to see him not make the WC but for the rest of us, that's one less guy to worry about in terms of winning the cup. I felt he had a key role to play for SA as a stabilizing factor with both bat and ball, however, that would have left SA with the problem of who to leave out.

  • POSTED BY HDG1978 on | July 30, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Good bye Kallis. No doubt one of the greats of the game and the greatest SA cricketer of all time for me. Feel sad that he chose to end his career without having a last shot at the WC title. SA with their all-round depth and their performance in alien conditions in SL in the just concluded series are one of the favourites to win the WC even without Smith and Kallis. On the other hand, India after the retirement of the Fab Four and the exclusion of Sehwag are struggling big time to maintain the high standards set by Sachin, Rahul, VVS et al.

  • POSTED BY veerug on | July 30, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    its a surprise !!.. KALLIS is a LEGEND and he is one of my best loving player.. He is worlds best all rounder & Role model to young cricketers.. SA cricket should use his great experience in another form of guidance etc.. right time to quit from international cricket though missing him .... I wish him great joy in his personal life too...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    I was in the stands at Kingsmead when Kallis made his international debut in December 1995. I will never forget it. A tall but scrawny fellow came in at no 7 against England. Peter Martin had him caught behind for just 1. I remember him standing his ground while waiting for the decision, but he had to go. I cannot believe that was almost 19 years ago. What an honor it has been to watch South African cricket be taken to the top of the world based largely due to having the best all-rounder ever in their side. He had a dream final test match with a century at the place where it all started, at Kingsmead. It almost seemed written in the stars that he would enjoy a similar dream ending with a World Cup medal. Not to be, but all the best for the future J'ks.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    I salute Jacques Kallis. He is the greatest allrounder after Sir Gariifield Sobers. He is a selfless cricketer. He is a great role model to be followed by the young generation. Wish him all the best.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    kallis is the best all rounder I have ever seen and there is no doubt in saying that he will be the best for many years.

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | July 30, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Would Mahela Jeyawardene follow Kallis? Mahela has never been a good batsman on fast tracks or against bounce and swinging balls. Lately his form has been very poor in foreign soils. Just one big scroe or turning\flat wicket will balance his average. After so many failures, one big score in the last match against South Africa in his home favourite ground will shut some people's mouth about discussing his failiures.

    Considering the world cup will be on face tracks, Mahela should retire from ODI. Sl selectors will not drop him unlike Australia dropped Pontin and India dropped Shewaq.

    Time to retire Mahela, give a chance to youngsters and who can bat well against pace attack, not Kushal Perera.

    Mahela's presence in the team is side-lining Upul Tharanaga who has better average against pace bowlers.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 30, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    I would say the best ever batting allrounder ..with over 24000 runs and 550 wickets...sobers is nowhere near with statistics. .

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Being the greatest fan of KingKallis wanted to see him win World Cup 2015 but wise decision though I guess seeing his form against Sri Lanka. Cricket will miss Kallis. The most valuable Cricketer of our generation. All the best for his future.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    I really feel sad hearing this news but I personally feel he should have given himself another chance. Love from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY gangs_cric on | July 30, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    One of the greatest allrounder of my generation. Thanks alot for entertaining us for almost 19 years!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Miss u kallis.u legend U are a role model for any cricketer.

  • POSTED BY pvr726 on | July 30, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    It's funny because I thought he quit it long back. Haven't heard his name in a while. It doesn't matter for you Kallis, you remain the best allrounder ever, doesn't matter whether you play one more world cup or not?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    when i look into his state, he is the best all-rounder in the world. He is not only a good player, Kallis is also a very good human being. Cricket Pakistan salute you for your achivements.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Great respect for him! He realized that he is not good enough and walked away. Not imposing himself on the team to play the World Cup. #Respect

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    I would have liked to see him playing 2015 and bring the WC. His contributions are huge for SA for such a long time and most importantly he covered for 2 players in one body. I believe he is the greatest cricketer ever and ppl like Sachin are over rated.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    In one word, Kallis = LEGEND. Quite understandably time comes for LEGENDs too. Hope he will be hanging around with cricket in a different role. The world still has heep to learn from this great cricketer. Take a bow from SRI LANKA!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    By far I think he was best all rounder in today's cricket. Loved watching him play!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    wemust respect these kind of players. I am a sriankan supporter ,any way I know these days players thinking about premiur leagus and the money.but this generation players like kallis ,they palyed for their full caacity for country.any way he is a example for these day players.now a days players selfish ,we have seen some young palyers have anonced their retirement early because of T20 money.but this gentleman has palyed all 3 formats with Test cricket.as well as he is a all rounder.these days some players specialised only for batting or ballin sometime.but he played 3 format with 3 duties. So he is a legend,any way wish him a great future... (Y)

  • POSTED BY ImpressiveTeer on | July 30, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Kallis adapted to changing cricket environment better than anyone else. He is a true hero, a role model for entire nation, if not world. He had many greats in his team along his way, but kallis quietly accumulated runs and wickets to announce himself as the top South African cricketer today. He is certainly better than sachin or punter - mainly because he is equally good bowler as he is a batsman. Kudos to a Legend!

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 30, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Correct decision by Kallis. It is obvious that he slowed down quite a bit in the field, bowling and even batting in the last 2 yrs. Even his IPL team KKR dropped him towards the 2nd half of tournament. Doubt if they bid for him next year. I hope he gets out BBL contract and retire fully as well, otherwise, he might turn out to be another Ponting who couldn't buy a run for MI (IPL) and in CPL last year and suffered humiliating retirement from T20s. Great career overall. Would walk into any test team since 2000. Wish him best of luck in post retirement career.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    He was definitely one of the most respected players in our time.We know Sachin tendulkar as a Batsmen, but he was equal to Sachin as a Batsmen and as a BOWLER.For Me MR CRICKET is Jacques Kallis.

  • POSTED BY Sbora on | July 30, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    More than 550 Tests % Odis wickets, more than 24000 Tests % Odis runs, more than 200 Tests catches, I'm not to sure about Odi catches. Hez just out of this world. King Kallis

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | July 30, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    As much as Cricket fans would have loved to see him in WC 2015, perhaps the great man himself knew it better than others that his time was up. It will perhaps remain an injustice that a man of his caliber did not win the world cup ever.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    The correct decision, glad he took the initiative and wasn't forced out. Lesser men would have waited to be dropped. Glad Faf now has the chance to show himself

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    congratulation kallis.. you are definitely the best all rounder of your era and its a great shame that u depart without tasting world cup glory ... that by no means undermines the colossal impact that u had on SA cricket over the years... regards and respect :)

  • POSTED BY Zetta on | July 30, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    I feel very sad at the moment .. but it's a day that had to come. I also feel very glad that I've had the opportunity to watch him play. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY RichardW on | July 30, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Thank you Jakes. Remember watching you hitting sixes over extra cover for Province as a nineteen year old and thinking what a player. And what a player you turned out to be! Getting emotional now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    It is hard for these guys to believe they are no longer good. Very few have timed it right maybe a Gavaskar or Waugh but many other greats have hung around when they should have retired.

  • POSTED BY Navdev555 on | July 30, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    25534 RUNS ; 577 WICKETS ; 338 CATCHES in International cricket... the stats speaks for himself.. JACK ! YOU R A TRUE LEGEND....a complete cricketer who contributed heavily in all three departments of cricket....still remember the young, calm, clean shaved young bowler made a debut for the new look SA in 1995,. still maintains the same personality,,but has changed the dimension of cricket very much in the past 2 decades .In my opinion, the tag, Mr.CRICKET better suits for him rather Mike Hussey....I completely agree with KP..." JACK is arguably the greatest cricketer of all time". ..the void created by DON, SACHIN, LARA as batters, WASIM, MURALI, WARNE as bowers cannot be filled easily so as KALLIS, SOBERS & Kapil as ALL ROUNDERS..It is very hard to say ADIEU to this gentle giant..not only SA, the world SALUTES you JACK,, wish u a very HAPPY RETIRED LIFE..

  • POSTED BY Bongz18 on | July 30, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Thanks for your service KING KALLIS, we will miss you big time

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    All time best all rounder in term of stats. A true sportsman and embassidor of gentleman game cricket. Respect for the legend of game from Pakistan...........

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Truly the Greatest All Rounder in "MY GENERATION"..... hail the might and great Kallis!!!!! contender for the Greatest XI of all time as well....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Salute to Kallis from Indian Cricket, He is one of a kind allrounder, Hope SA keeps generating such devoted players to maintain the glory of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    The Greatest. Thank you King Kallis. A gentleman even in deciding when to retire. South Africa will dearly miss you.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | July 30, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Greatest all rounder of this generation. One of the greatest batsmen as well. All time XI contender

  • POSTED BY cric_lver on | July 30, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    what a sad n bad end of such extraordinary career! SA team may not miss you but we will certainly. In my opinion he is the greatest man to play cricket on this planet. He is particulary hard on indians which is obivious thing.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | July 30, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    The most intelligent cricketer of our time. Salute, Kallis! It has been fun watching your skills over the years.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 30, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Kalllllis the legend .....

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | July 30, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    King Kallis - What a nightmare to play against...

    First you have to watch him bat for 4 hours, whilst you bowlers make little in-roads as you pick up the ball from the fence. Then you have to face him as a bowler, bowling a heavy ball at up to 140km/h. Then have you have watch your fellow batsman get caught in the slips by him. What a player! There is only one King - its King Kallis !!

  • POSTED BY RayMcCooney on | July 30, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Thanks for all the entertainment, big man. One of the best of all time. Respect!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Good call. What a legend.Reminds me "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain"

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    I think he made hard decision to support sa In 2015wc. faf would fill his place as an batsman and fielder. no one fill his place as an all rounder

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Rajesh_india_1990 You DO know that South Africa did win the 1998 Champions Trophy? Kallis scored a ton in semi-final and took a five-for in the final. He was named Man of the Match in both matches and won Player of the tournament... Thought not.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    day by day we r losing legendary cricketers like pointing Lara muruli warne dravid mahela Kumble ganguly bajji sewag inzi Yusuf akram waqar pollak smith Kevin McGrath Bret Lee chandrapaul Gilly Hayden Steve wa etc. next would be sanga

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Legend!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Sad to see that legend retires..King Kallis is the sole reason I started to watch all format of cricket. Without him the cricket world wouldn't remain same for all. I like to thank him for all the memories he gave all these years. My cricket watching journey will also decline with his retirement. Just want to say thank you to king kallis. The greatest cricketer ever played. Mr. Cricket.

  • POSTED BY himmat on | July 30, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    True legend........will be missed.....!!!.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    we never see all rounder like kallis. hats off u. no one will break his record. all time great kallis. love u. unfortunately he doesn't won world cup for his country. but still he did everything to his country..

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | July 30, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Great player of the generation quits. My honors. Outstanding player because he was great with bat and bowl. He played the game better than Sachin, Sanga, Pointing etc. However, I thought he should have given another chance...given that SL was a tough team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    The new coach for india

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Greatest warrior after Bradman, Sobers, Viv Richards, Sachin, Punter and Lara.

  • POSTED BY RajatSharma26 on | July 30, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    It was supposed to be....He was not being able to push people to watch him to perform in the deserving sense....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    certainly greatest player the game ever seen. best ever all rounder. hia record as a batsman is really good one and when you add up his bowlinf record then i think no cricketer can match him.

  • POSTED BY social_monster09 on | July 30, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    I think he is in kind of some pressure otherwise he will surely played W/cup 15. All in all a great decision by a great great player. I salute you sir for your memorable career. Best wishes for your future & for your family. Modern era Gary Sobers. Thanx a lot..

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    What a true Cricketing Legend. Well Done! all our very best wishes for the future we will miss you!

  • POSTED BY joe_antony on | July 30, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    I would easily rate him the best cricketer of our time along side Lara and Sachin. Take a bow sir, you did justice to the game.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    The last truly great cricketer to retire , I very much doubt we will ever see the calibre of players like Kallis , Ponting , Tendulker again as the demands of modern cricket is changing with less breaks between games and more T20 being played. Enjoy the Big Bash big man as us Aussies will pay to see you.

  • POSTED BY RobTay14 on | July 30, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Its a cliche term, but unjustly so when describing Kallis. You will be missed, Legend.

  • POSTED BY Aroundthelegsgoogly on | July 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Out bowl you then out bat you.

  • POSTED BY Humdingers on | July 30, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    You will be hard pressed to find anyone who would doubt his greatness status. Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Dravid all have their doubters, but not Kallis. To rack up that many runs and wickets (not to mention catches) is phenomenal.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Fantastic player..............

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | July 30, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    An average LIMITED overs player...No wonder southafrica Won nothing in ICC tournaments...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Great decision to let go gracefully! Thanks for all the wonderful cricketing memories you gave us..

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    The best all-rounder ever. Nobody in the history of the game played and sustained as much international cricket as Kallis did. Respect!

  • POSTED BY Rick777 on | July 30, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Why not his tally of bowling and fielding not mentioned in the article. Arguably the best in modern day cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    The Gary Sobers of our generation.

  • POSTED BY prashanthbm on | July 30, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Finally Jacques Kallis hangs his boots ............... He had a dream of playing the 2015 WC but after SL ODI series anyone who saw him play wud say the same. HATS OFF LEGEND !!!!!!!!!!!! Truly the greatest all-rounder to play the game of cricket !!!!!!!!! He batted @ 3/4 most of his career n always picked a wicket or 2 .... I bet his records can't b broken in near future. Probably even tougher than Sachin's record... Over 20,000 intl runs more than 600 intl wickets n more than 350 catches !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Simply greatest all rounder n 1 of the all time greats !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | July 30, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    There is only one King, its King Kallis!!! All hail, all hail to the King! Batting average of 55, over 290 Test wickets at an average of 32 and 200 catches to boot. Wow, wow, wow !!!

    If he was Indian or Australian, religious sites and cities would have been named after him. The Humble Great of world cricket. Farewell to you Sir.

  • POSTED BY groovy1i on | July 30, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    sashin, ponting and kallis-superstars forever...

  • POSTED BY LK-LadyCric on | July 30, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    What a player, what a star! And a true legend of the game. RESPECT from Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    One more great legend of cricket retired.we all solute him

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Great career for one of the most prized wickets in world cricket, probably the best cricketer SA has produced (and I saw all 3 Pollocks and Procter), and one of the all time great all rounders. Best ever batting all rounder? Well, I saw Sobers, so I'm not sure. But Jacques Kallis is the only player who ever made you ask that question.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Great cricketer and great ambassador for the sport. Wise decision to quit ODI's as well.

  • POSTED BY JohannK on | July 30, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Jacques Henry Kallis is one of my favourite cricketers of all time. He played the game honestly, with intelligence, respect, full of commitment, putting the team first (those patient centuries people complain about were part of team strategy) and without ever becoming "too big for the game".

    Probably the greatest disappointment of his ODI career was not winning the 1999 WC in England when SA had a fantastic opportunity to do so after winning the Champions' Trophy in 1998 and with a very strong team, including Kallis in his prime.

    After a wonderful career it was clear that he was no longer performing by his own very high standards in ODI cricket (although he probably had a few more tests in him!). It is a great decision to stand down rather than put pressure on the selectors to drop him.

    Congratulations Jacques Kallis for serving the game of cricket internationally with such tremendous skill and in such an honourable manner. You will be missed, but your legacy lives on.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    The Greatest All rounder Cricket has ever produced After Sir Gary Sobers. Give him a ball...he will take wickets...bat ...he will score runs...ask him to field...will take catches.......

  • POSTED BY KerneelsMerkII on | July 30, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Farewell legend. You will be missed.

  • POSTED BY Tiptop32 on | July 30, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    He should have been made captain instead of Graeme Smith after Shaun Pollock. But unfortunately SA cricket board did injustice to the great player. I don't buy the argument that great players won't make good captain. Otherwise we would not have had Imran khan, Kapil dev, Viv Richards, Steve Waugh, Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, etc. Its very very unfortunate that SA cricket board killed the prospect of Kallis becoming great captain along with being a great player.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    One of the Greatest Allrounders of the Game quits all forms of cricket today , Salute to the most gifted ,most underated cricketer in recent times .Easily amongst the best of our generation which had Tendulkar, Lara , Ponting and Kallis ...we thank you for all the memories .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    best player. best all rounder. best person.

  • POSTED BY ZkAneela on | July 30, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    It actually leaves SA to depend only on AB and Amla.Kallis must have played this WC.

  • POSTED BY ydoethur on | July 30, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    As an England fan, there are few cricketers I respected or admired more than Jacques Kallis. Magnificent batsman, one of the all-time greats, a fine bowler who would have made any test side for that alone, a brilliant fielder and clearly also one of the nicest guys breathing. The way he would do anything for his team - including bending his back for extra overs whenever asked by his captain - was amazing.

    Have a happy retirement, and thanks for some memories (including some rather traumatic ones when you pummelled England...)

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    The best all rounder after Sir Garry Sobers, good luck Kallis

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    We will miss u Kallis , you r top in my list , u showed the best how to bat up on the order n then trashes stumps with fast bowling . Great cricketer ever produced .

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    I wish the best of luck to the best test player and one of the top 5 ODI players of his era (unfortunately I could never fully look over the strike rate of 73, inspite of his great average. It is the only reason SRT triumphs him and everyone else in ODIs(all time), except Richards). I wish he had the ultimate prize to his name at least once in his career, but cricket is a cruel game sometimes.

  • POSTED BY Proteas_Supporter on | July 30, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Glad that he retired! Kallis looked awful in SL. Kallis provided the balance to the SA team. Definitely SA are not going to get another Kallis.

    Faf du Plessis should take his place in the ODI side and should bat at 3.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    What a champion. I will proudly tell the generations to come that I saw THE all rounder of my time live on TV. One of the few genuine all rounders whose career stats will sound like folk lore, because he was that unbelievably good. Kids will dream of replicating the Bothoms, the Khans, and the Kallis's

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Bayete Inkosi SA's legend of the game!

  • POSTED BY Rajiv007 on | July 30, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    All Hail King Kallis....#RESPECT

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    It is a wise decision for him and CSA in general..... thank you for all those memories! Wish you all the best

  • POSTED BY Gocool87 on | July 30, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Wish you a wonderful life!!!!

  • POSTED BY manish1977 on | July 30, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Salute King KALLIS. Rightly said by rahul dravid as " sir gary sobers of our generation" . Nothing can better that comment describing arguably the greatest cricketer of recent times

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    This decade wll only be remember for retirement of the LEGENDS ... now its greatest all rounder SIR jaques kallis...he deserve SIR Title...he has given a lot to south africa and most imp. to cricket itself. hats off to u...all d best for ur post cricket life.....u r truely a legend...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Big loss to international cricket you will be missed a big all rounder

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Arguably the greatest allrounder to have played the game, non controversial cricketer, leave his aside his astonishing catching and more than useful bowling skills, his batting ability was second to none and he averaged in test cricket more than Sachin and Ponting did. Nothing ostentatious and everything graceful about this magnificent cricketer. Take a bow.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Kallis, the perfect cricketer! None like him before, and surely noone can surpass him in the future!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Ir is a sign of good player A great personality kallis carrier comes to an end slate to you good man we all fans of cricket miss u every time when south Africa and kkr in danger

  • POSTED BY spot_on on | July 30, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Delayed decision. Should have quit by 2010

  • POSTED BY prudhvirazz on | July 30, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    such pleasure watching him bat. hope he will continue playing in IPL for an year or two.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Will miss you Jacques. A selfless cricketer. A legend. Salute to you.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    we miss good cricketer.

  • POSTED BY StunningDollar on | July 30, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    The legend who still the time.!!! What a wonderful journey of cricket for him. Many more congratulations for all your records and being so kind human through out. Thank you Kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Super player, and a real credit to himself and cricket.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 30, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Big loss to cricket world..you will be missed... #Respect

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    One of the Greatest Sportmen and all time best allrounder...apart from this the man to always look for how to go ahead in your career ...always enjoying ...determined...highley respected...and knows very well about his business.... if we can say we are proud to have sachine than we can say we are proud to see players like kallis from across the globe....

    A salute to a champ.......not being a part of winning world cup team cant underrate what he did for his country and cricket

  • POSTED BY gejonson on | July 30, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    kallis my favorite cricketr like shaun pollok. i hope he will play 2015 word cup, no chance to see him again,,, thanks your one of the fave rte cricketer in my life,,,, all the best good Luke,,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Good riddance most bowlers would reckon.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Bitterweet, yet understandable that he would call time on a remarkable and fascinating career. An all rounder deserving of a more exclusive, befitting title, and a truly brilliant servant of the game. I would have loved to see you play in Wellington (one could have only hoped) at the 2015 world cup, Jacques, but alas it was not to be. All the best fine sir, may the rest of your life post-cricket be as exciting for you as your career has been for all of us!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    So true tommy, so true! Have an AWESOME retirement Kallis! Hope to see a son of yours in the future! haha :D We can dream right?

  • POSTED BY Ramakrish86 on | July 30, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    The best All Rounder across all formats. We really miss u.

  • POSTED BY ZkAneela on | July 30, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Very very sad to know this.He must have played this WC.Retiring on the basis of only one bad tour is simply not right and that too on those SL wickets where toss has decided almost all the matches.WC is in AUS and NZ not in SL.I think He will be missed by SAin the coming WC badly.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    The Cricket world is going to miss you the Great legend.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    its a pity we won't be able to him for the World cup 15.... but a wise decision considering his poor run of form...going out gracefully...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    gretest ever Cricketer on the planet

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Beautifull crickter in this ugly cricket

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | July 30, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Last of the League of Legends from the 90s retires (with the exception of Chanders of course)! South Africa need to win the next world cup and dedicate it to him.

    Thank you King Kallis and good luck in your future endeavours.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Salute to one of the greatest cricketers that ever was along with Sir Gary Sobers and Adam Gilchrist.

  • POSTED BY jigu7 on | July 30, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    kallis play world cup 2015 please

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Jaques "King" Kallis the bowler had a heart of a tiger which never gave up on the prey, a batsman of immense levels of concentration for all occasions.He would walk into any side without any doubt. He could have played test matches and quit ODI instead!!Miss you King...

  • POSTED BY GhostRiderSA on | July 30, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    I still think he would have come right, but unselfishly this is the best decision for the team, even though there isn't a standout batsman waiting to take his spot. I guess Faf will probably be the biggest beneficiary.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    We're gonna miss the action from Great Legend.. Best ever all rounder in the cricket History. # Respect Jacques Kallis

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    He may not be in the league of Tendulkars, Laras, Pontings... but definitely one of the finest all rounders after Gary Sobers...will be sorely missed...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Best Allrounder I have seen

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    True all rounder of all times...all the best for your future Endeavors......

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Hats Off Jacques Henry Kallis , he has played with many legends but He is the Best amoung the legends.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Kallis --One of the greatest CRICKETER's. The legend in cricket .

  • POSTED BY ChennaiSSkings on | July 30, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Going to miss One of the greatest cricketer ever in the history of world cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    huge huge shame. I was desperately hoping he could be part of a winning South African world cup side next year. But obviously it wasn't to be. Legend of the game. In my opinion he is the greatest CRICKETER we have ever seen

  • POSTED BY cricaddict9118 on | July 30, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    There was a burning desire in him to represent SA in CWC 2015 but realized that he was not giving his best as an all rounder and hence calls it quit.

    For great players team always comes first. And Kallis is anything but great !

    Well played champion.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    King Kallis, you will be dearly missed, no doubt. It is the right time. Good luck and thank you for your service to cricket.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Be a big loss to international cricket. You will be missed big man

  • POSTED BY Manikkaraj on | July 30, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    We are gonna to miss a great all-rounder of ALL TIME....

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    good decision though, was'nt performing too well in recent matches, best of luck :)

  • POSTED BY Hareendra on | July 30, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Sad to see such a great man go

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 30, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    The finest. Well done.

  • POSTED BY ParagRaj on | July 30, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    IMO he was the greatest cricketer of our era. And I am a die hard Indian fan which in turn meas a die hard SRT fan :-)

  • POSTED BY IndiaCricketFans on | July 30, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    "All good things must come to an end, cricketing world says goodbye to another legend"......

  • POSTED BY tjsimonsen on | July 30, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Greatest cricketer since Sobers! We salute you!

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | July 30, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Hats off to You Legend King Kallis! Absolutely selfless player! He can hang around till WC 2015 But he just Think about his team and hang his boots rather than personal goals unlike some others so called Greats!! He deserve at least one World Cup Title..You Will be missed King Kallis..True Champions!! Thank you so much for everything you gave to Cricket..All the best for Your Future!!

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | July 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Miss the Legend. Best player of this generation/era regardless of all other over hyped players. Stats speak a volume of this performance be it bat, ball or fielding.

  • POSTED BY anildeshmukh on | July 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Hey my Hero, After Sachin I thought of watching you to lift the WC trophy, but what a mess, Jacques miss you man, a great all rounder of all time above all, I would have rated you above to Sachin but you come next to me after Sachin. Great ambbsator of the game.

  • POSTED BY ashanolla on | July 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Great All rounder call's it a day...

    Kudos to kallis

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    I Wanted to see the GreatMan Playing a WOrldcup

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | July 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    King Kallis, the selfless servant of South African cricket decides to give someone else the opportunity for the WC as he realises its one step too far.

    There is only one King, its Kallis. The Greatest cricketer to ever live. Would make anyones team, in any era.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    The Unsung Hero of cricket of all times!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    OMG heartbreaking news.should have played 2015 WC

  • POSTED BY luckyzamre on | July 30, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    thanks kallis for GivinG us a Good and hounest decade.... watching your game is good to see player like a all around game....

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    They should knight him for the sheer services cricket has got rendered from him.Thanks for the memories Jacques !

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 30, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    The legend of the world cricket good bye...! The Sachin tendulkar of both batting and bowling... Thanks for entertaining us ..

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    He called quits on his own terms. What a player, what timing. You will be missed. the best of the best.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    What a career an absolute legend leaves the game today. You gotta give up to Kallis playing another World Cup would be tempting but he did the right thing by calling time on his career. By far the greatest all rounder that played the game

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    good decision though, was'nt performing too well in recent matches, best of luck :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    End of an era! A true legend... We will miss King Kallis. Respect from Cricket world.

  • POSTED BY Lion_Wallaby on | July 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    hands down for the greatest All rounder!!! I was lucky enough to see him bat in front of my naked eyes!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    one more era of cricket end.....by his retirement

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Undoubtedly the True champion of the game!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    this means he will not play in t20 leagues?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    finest all-rounder of our generation.

  • POSTED BY BellCurve on | July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Good move. I'm a huge fan and do not want to see the great man struggling. He went out on a high with a 100 in his last Test. That is how he should be remembered. The greatest batting all-rounder of all time, bar none.

  • POSTED BY JohnMR on | July 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Once in a lifetime cricketer.

    On a par with Sobers as the best cricketer ever. You will be missed.

  • POSTED BY ninjapintu on | July 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Well, I was hoping that he'd play in WC 15 and leave on a high. But I guess he thought he may not be able to help the team cause.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    One of the greatest CRICKETER i have seen in my whole life.RESPECT SIR!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    One of the greatest CRICKETER i have seen in my whole life.RESPECT SIR!!!!!

  • POSTED BY ninjapintu on | July 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Well, I was hoping that he'd play in WC 15 and leave on a high. But I guess he thought he may not be able to help the team cause.

  • POSTED BY JohnMR on | July 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Once in a lifetime cricketer.

    On a par with Sobers as the best cricketer ever. You will be missed.

  • POSTED BY BellCurve on | July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Good move. I'm a huge fan and do not want to see the great man struggling. He went out on a high with a 100 in his last Test. That is how he should be remembered. The greatest batting all-rounder of all time, bar none.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    finest all-rounder of our generation.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    this means he will not play in t20 leagues?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Undoubtedly the True champion of the game!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    one more era of cricket end.....by his retirement

  • POSTED BY Lion_Wallaby on | July 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    hands down for the greatest All rounder!!! I was lucky enough to see him bat in front of my naked eyes!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    End of an era! A true legend... We will miss King Kallis. Respect from Cricket world.