Jacques Kallis Biography
Jacques Kallis is a former South African former cricketer who was born on 16th October, 1975 in Cape Town. He plays as a right handed all rounder.
Kallis attended and played cricket for Wynberg Boys' High School. He established himself as a great all rounder in Northern England playing for Netherfield CC where he had a brief spell. There, scored 791 runs in 14 matches with an average of 98.87.
He made his test debut in the December of 1995 against England. Kallis had a slow start to his career but received his first major break in 1997 against Pakistan, where he scored a 61.
He helped South Africa save a match against Australia that same year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by scoring a century.
Rise to Glory
Between 1998 and 2002, Jacques Kallis was one of the world's leading all-rounders. In 1998, he led South Africa to the ICC Champions Trophy title with two "Man of the Match" and the "Player of the Series" performances. He achieved this huge amount of success at a very young age of just 23.
He was soon ranked the the number one all rounder in all formats of the game at that point in time. He joined the elite list of those players who have scored centuries in five consecutive test matches and was continuously named in the ICC World XI.
Kallis had a disappointing phase with the bat in 2008 as he averaged under 30, but it was short lived. Kallis injured his neck during the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 playing for the Indian Premier League team - Royal Challengers Bangalore.
This caused him to miss all the limited over series against Zimbabwe. He made his return playing against Pakistan in 2011.
After scoring a steady 66 runs he was retired hurt due to cramps. He led the foundation for the South African victory in that match.
He played for the Kolkata Knight Riders (after being sold from the Royal Challengers Bangalore) in the Indian Premier League. Sourav Ganguly and Brett Lee, his teammates there hailed him as “the most effective player”. He is credited for the team’s victory against Chennai Super Kings in the final of the IPL 2012.
He was the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket, and getting hold of 131 ODI catches along the way as well.
He is the second highest scorer of test centuries after Sachin Tendulkar.
Kallis retired in 2014, with his last match being against Sri Lanka. He is presently the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, in the Indian Premier League.