Jacques Kallis Biography- Jacques Henri Kallis (born 16 October 1975) is a South African cricket coach and former cricketer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time and South Africa’s greatest batsman of all time, he is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium swing bowler. (Jacques Kallis Biography)
As of 2022, Kallis is the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take more than 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket; And he has also taken 131 catches in test match cricket. He scored 13,289 runs in his Test match career and took 292 wickets and 200 catches. (Jacques Kallis Bio)
Kallis played 166 Test matches and had a batting average of over 55 runs. From October to December 2007, he scored five centuries in four Test matches. With his century in the second innings of the third Test against India in January 2011, his 40th overall, he surpassed Ricky Ponting to become the second highest scorer of Test centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar’s 51. (Jacques Kallis Bio)
Kallis was named the Leading Cricketer in the World in 2008 for Wisden’s performances in 2008, as well as “ICC Test Player of the Year” and ICC Player of the Year in 2005. He is described by Kevin Peterson and Daryl Cullinan. The greatest cricketer to have played the game, along with Wally Hammond and Sir Gary Sobers, is one of the few Test all-rounders with a Test batting average of over 50 and a Test bowling average of 20 or more.
He was adjudged Player of the Tournament in South Africa’s victorious 1998 ICC Knockout Trophy (now known as the ICC Champions Trophy) campaign, the only ICC tournament victory in South African history to date. He finished as the second highest run-scorer and was the leading wicket-taker with the ‘Man of the Match’ award in both the semi-finals and the final. (Jacques Kallis Biography)
He was named Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013 as well as Kallis becoming the fourth player and the first South African to score 13,000 Test runs on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand on 2 January 2013; Kallis scored his 45th Test century in this match, making him one of the few batsmen to score a century in his final Test. He retired from all forms of international cricket on 30 July 2014.
In December 2019, it was announced that Jacques Kallis would rejoin The Proteas, the South African national cricket team, as the team’s batting consultant for the summer period. In August 2020, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. (Jacques Kallis Bio)
|Real Name/Full Name||Jacques Kallis|
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:||Jakes, Woogie|
|Birth Place:||Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||16 October 1975|
|Billed height:||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Last ODI:||12 July 2014 v Sri Lanka|
|T20I:||21 October 2005 v New Zealand|
Jacques Kallis Biography
Senior All-Rounder (2008-2013)
The retirement of Shaun Pollock in 2008 put more responsibility on Kallis as an all-rounder. Despite the pressure, an all-rounder emerged in Wayne Parnell who did some decent batting down the order. Kallis had an uncharacteristically poor performance with the bat in 2008, averaging just under thirty for most of the season.
Against ninth-ranked Bangladesh, he averaged just 25.75 in four Tests. He also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, where he averaged 16.85 runs per innings with the bat and 55.5 runs per wicket with the ball at an economy rate of 9.65 in the 7 matches he played before being dropped. (Jacques Kallis Bio)
Home and overseas series against Australia (2008–09)
Kallis bowls at the SCG against Australia on the second day of the Test South Africa toured Australia for a three-match Test series and a five-match ODI series beginning in December 2008. The Tourists had a successful 9-2 Test win-loss ratio in 2008; However, Australia lost the series 2–0 against India and had a 5–3 ratio for the calendar year. (Jacques Kallis Biography)
Prior to the series, Kallis had a batting average of 38.32 in 18 Tests against the number one ranked team, well below his overall average of 55.06. Despite averaging 124.50 in 12 Tests against lower-ranked Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, former Australia pacer Rodney Hogg described the all-rounder as “a flat-track bully who feeds it to smaller players like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but It vanishes against. Australian.” (Jacques Kallis Biography)
In the first Test, starting on 17 December, Kallis scored 63 in South Africa’s first innings, before being dismissed by Mitchell Johnson in the middle of a 20-ball 5/2. After failing to achieve success in Australia’s first innings, Kallis made 3/24 in his second innings, completing four catches in the match. He then made 57 while engaging in a 124-run partnership with AB de Villiers as South Africa chased down 414, the second-highest fourth innings total in Test history. In the second Test, starting on Boxing Day in Melbourne, Kallis struggled to be powerful, taking 1/55 in Australia’s first innings.
Starting in his team’s first dig, he could only manage 26 runs, before taking 2/57 when the home team batted again. Chasing only 183 runs, Kallis did not need to bat as South Africa completed their first Test series win in Australia. In Australia’s 103-run third Test win in Sydney, Kallis struggled, taking 1/54 and 0/13 with the ball, while scoring 37 and four with the bat. (Jacques Kallis Biography)
The win was South Africa’s 11th win in a year in which they drew with India in India, defeated England in England, Australia in Australia, and also registered series victories over West Indies and Bangladesh. Kallis was featured in all those matches and remains an integral part of the champion team’s set-up. (Jacques Kallis Biography)
For his performances in 2010, 2011 and 2012, he was named in the World Test XI by the ICC.
On 10 April 2013, he was named the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2013.
Injuries continued achievement and record
Kallis participated in the tour of the West Indies, in which he scored his 35th Test cricket century. Kallis suffered a neck injury while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore during the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 and missed the Twenty20 and ODI series against Zimbabwe. He returned for the ODI series against Pakistan, scoring 66 before retiring hurt with a cramp. However, he managed to lay the foundation for an eight-wicket win. (Jacques Kallis Biography)
In the same ODI, Jacques Kallis hit his 129th ODI six, a record for a South African in the format. However, he suffered an injury and was off to a questionable start for the second ODI. In December 2010, on the third day of the first Test against India, Kallis scored his maiden double century, scoring 201* (not out). Make. Kallis was selected by South Africa for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. (Jacques Kallis Bio)
Kallis shared a close relationship with his father, Henry, whom Kallis cited as his primary influence. His sister Janine Kallis, five years his junior, was a cheerleader in the 2009 Indian Premier League and is also a physiotherapist based in east London. When it was discovered that his father had incurable cancer, Kallis took time out from cricket to be with his father: (Jacques Kallis Biography)
 During the World Cup we heard there was something wrong with my dad. He started feeling unwell and then, out of the blue, we were told he only had a few months to live. It was a huge shock as we have always been a very close family. I didn’t play the first two Tests in England that year so that I could be at home with them.
Obviously it was the saddest time of my life but those last weeks were probably some of the most beautiful. It gave me a chance to say thank you and goodbye. After a while, I realized how lucky I was to do so. It’s a lot harder if your parents are moved together before that time. So his death saw cricket from my perspective. It’s just a game – and it’s a very simple game if you keep your mind straight. (Jacques Kallis Bio)
In January 2019, Kallis married Charlene Engels. The couple had a son, Joshua Henry Kallis, on 11 March 2020.
Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation
The Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation was established in Calais’ benefit year to link the academic and life skills programs of existing school structures with funding and mentoring support from Jacques Kallis. The Foundation, along with its partners, hopes to provide an opportunity to talented youth to reach their full sporting and academic potential. (Jacques Kallis Bio)
Currently, the foundation sponsors 2 boys from Weinberg Boys, 2 boys from Pretoria Boys High School, 2 boys from Maritzburg College and 2 boys from Selborne College. Jacques Kallis participates in annual fundraising events for his foundation, to which he invites fellow South African celebrities and cricketers such as Mark Boucher and Andre Nel.
Achievements and records
- Test batting: Career best debut; career-high score 935
- Test Bowling: Career-best sixth; career-high score 742
- Test all-rounder: Career-best first; career-high score 616
- ODI batting: Career best debut; career-high score 817
- ODI Bowling: Career best 15th; career-high score 641
- ODI all-rounder: Career best debut; career-high score 506
- First and only player in cricket history to score 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs and more than 200 wickets in Tests and ODIs (Jacques Kallis Biography)
- He was also the first bowler in the history of the ICC Champions Trophy to score a fifty.
- He was also the only bowler to take 5 wickets in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy (in the 1998 ICC Knockout Trophy tournament).
- Kallis was the player of the final as well as the first player to win the Player of the Tournament award in the ICC Champions Trophy.
- He holds the record for most partnerships for any wicket as debutants in T20 Internationals (84 for the first wicket) with Graeme Smith(Jacques Kallis Biography)
- He holds the record for most man of the matches in Test cricket.
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