Jacques Henry Kallis is a South African cricketer who represents the South African national cricket team. He is a talented right handed batsman and efficient fast medium bowler who can swing the ball in both the directions with a good line and length. He has been retained by Kolkata Knight Riders to play at the IPL 5 season 2012.
In 1993/94, Kallis made his first class debut for Western Province as an 18 year old. His Test debut took place at Durban against England in December 1995. He scored his first international half century against Pakistan.
Between 1998-2002 as per the ICC’s cricket ratings, Jacques Kallis was one of the world’s leading all rounders. Kallis was selected in the World XI team in 2005 along with countryman Shaun Pollock to play against an Asian XI in a benefit match to assist those who have been affected by the Tsunami of 2004.
Kallis made his debut as a captain for the team in 2006 in the match against Australia. Kallis scored 485 runs at an average of 80.83 in the 2007 World Cup and became the leading scorer for South Africa in this cup. Kallis has a remarkable batting average of over 58, and is rated as one of the best batsmen in the world. Kallis is the only man to score over 9000 runs and to take over 200 wickets in Test cricket.
In 2008/09/10, Kallis was also a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in which he represented the Bangalore Royal Challengers. In IPL 2010, he received the most consistent performer award. When not on international duty, he plays for the Chevrolet Warriors franchise in RSA.
He was named Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2008 Wisden for his performances in 2007. 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.
In 2003-04 Kallis made centuries in five consecutive matches and became just the third player in Test history to do so after Sir Donald Bradman and Mohammad Yousuf.
In the history of cricket Kallis is the only cricketer to score more than 9500 runs, 100 catches and 200 wickets in both One day and Test International cricket.