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Full name Jacques Henry Kallis
Born October 16, 1975, Pinelands, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 38 years 66 days
Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, Cape Cobras, Glamorgan, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Middlesex, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors, Western Province
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 14-18, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai (DSC), Oct 23-26, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Jan 9, 1996 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v India at Durban, Dec 8, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Oct 21, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Oct 2, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai (DSC), Oct 23-26, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||1994/95|
|Last List A||South Africa v India at Durban, Dec 8, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Eastern Cape v Western Province Boland at Port Elizabeth, Apr 13, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 19, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|10||South Africa||v India||Durban||8 Dec 2013||ODI # 3443|
|10, 1/20||South Africa||v India||Johannesburg||5 Dec 2013||ODI # 3442|
|0/49, 6||South Africa||v Pakistan||Port Elizabeth||27 Nov 2013||ODI # 3440|
|2/53, 50||South Africa||v Pakistan||Cape Town||24 Nov 2013||ODI # 3438|
|7, 0/9||South Africa||v Pakistan||Dubai (DSC)||23 Oct 2013||Test # 2100|
|5, 0/44, 0||South Africa||v Pakistan||Abu Dhabi||14 Oct 2013||Test # 2098|
|70, 0/12||Sth Africans||v Pakistan A||Sharjah||8 Oct 2013||Other|
|24, 0/13||KKR||v Sunrisers||Hyderabad (Deccan)||19 May 2013||T20|
|1/48, 1||KKR||v Warriors||Ranchi||15 May 2013||T20|
|2/17, 41||KKR||v RCB||Ranchi||12 May 2013||T20|
No batsman prizes his wicket more highly, and no wicket in all of cricket is more highly prized. Jacques Kallis is the broad-shouldered colossus of the South African team, a figure whose looming presence inspires calm in some and dread in others. Few players who belong to the modern age are a better fit for the notion of the classical cricketer. Kallis is a fine, forceful batsman who has at his disposal both a rock-solid technique and a mind impervious to distraction. Though his role as a bowler diminishes with each passing season, he will be remembered as a purveyor of sometimes surprising pace and swing, and awkward bounce. In the slips, his sure-handedness and rattlesnake reflexes make ridiculous catches look regulation.
Kallis announced himself as a batsman of international stature in his seventh Test, the drawn Boxing Day epic at Melbourne in 1997, when he scored a fighting 101 on a worn last-day pitch. Not even Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne could dislodge him before he had all but saved the match for South Africa.
Over the years Kallis has delivered many such innings, performances in which grit is a far more valuable commodity than glitz to a South African team that remains more confident in the field and with its fast bowlers in full cry than as a batting unit. Kallis has willingly shouldered the role of the fulcrum around which the wheel must try to turn. But, occasionally, he has unfurled a stroke of startling aggression that hints at what might have been.
Certainly, his lofted drive, which begins with a menacing backlift before uncoiling into the irresistible momentum of a mighty downward swoop of the bat and finishing in a twirl of Baroque, might be described as Mozart in motion. In the lightning flash of that fleeting instant it really does seem as if Kallis could, in the words of one observer, hit a six whenever he felt like it.
His critics, particularly those who have a limited understanding of the dynamics of the South African team, accuse him of not dominating attacks he has already ground into the dust, of unnecessarily slow scoring, and of failing to take the match situation into account as he plots his innings. All of which hints at selfishness, which is quite ironical, because his team-mates vouch for the fact that Kallis bats the way he does precisely because he puts his team first and his personal ambitions some way behind. It's the only way he knows how.
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