Jacques Henry Kallis is a former South African cricketer who enjoyed an excellent international career. He was a talented right handed batsman and efficient fast medium bowler who could swing the ball in both the directions with a good line and length.

Playing Career

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.

Role Batsman
Height / weight 1.83 m /
Born 16 Oct 1975
Nationality South Africa South Africa
Nickname Jakes, Kalahari, Woogie
Official Site www.kallis.co.za
Team History
2671 sydney thunder Sydney Thunder 2014 - 2015
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel 2015
1087 kolkata knight riders Knight Riders 2011 - 2014
649 south africa national cricket team South Africa 1996 - 2014
Cape Cobras cricket team 2006 - 2012
1090 royal challengers bangalore Royal Challengers 2008 - 2010
Glamorgan County Cricket Club Glamorgan County 1999
Middlesex County Cricket Club Middlesex County 1997

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.

He concluded his decorated 166-match Test career in 2013, finishing up 13,289 Test runs at a batting average of 55.37, with 45 centuries and 58 half-centuries with a top score of 224 for South Africa. He took 292 Test wickets at an average of 32.65 and five five-wicket hauls along with 200 catches. He was the first and only South African player to score 13,000 Test runs. He has the third most runs in the history of Test cricket.

He was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year for 2013. He scored a century in his final Test match, against India in December 2013. He retired from all forms of international cricket in July 2014.

From 2008 to 2014, Kallis was also a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in which he represented the Bangalore Royal Challengers (2008 to 2010) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (2011 to 2014). 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 had T20 stints with the Sydney Thunder in Australia’s BBL along with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.

Career Highlights

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.

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  • Mahdi

    Over 1200 runs! Jacques Henry Kallis.Think he's the only man who can stand next to the great Sachin Tendulkar!