AB marvels at ageless Kallis

2012-09-21 14:11

Hambantota - South Africa captain AB de Villiers and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahela Jayawardene marvelled at the ageless Jacques Kallis, describing the 36-year-old as the best all-rounder of his era.

Kallis returned career-best figures of 4-15 to take the man of the match award as South Africa thrashed Zimbabwe by 10 wickets on Thursday.

"Jacques is an amazing player, one of a kind. Obviously I've no idea how he keeps doing it," De Villiers said after South Africa's comprehensive victory in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20.

"I am jealous at what he gets right at this old age, I can't think of myself doing that at that age.

"He is a wonderful player and we are grateful to have him in the squad."

Kallis, who made his Test debut in 1995, has scored more than 10 000 runs and taken over 200 wickets in both Tests and the 50-over format.

He is as successful in the shortest T20 format of the game and Jayawardene has no qualms in terming him as the greatest all-rounder of his generation.

"I don't think anyone would disagree that Jacques would be the best all-rounder in our generation in all forms of the game," Jayawardene said.

"He's improving everyday and that's because of the hunger that he has and the competitive edge. He didn't show any complacency when he went out against Zimbabwe, the intensity was the same.

"That's a quality that every young cricketer should have. Jacques is a great opponent and that level of players, that's what they want to do.

"They don't want to be remembered as players who used to be brilliant, not so any more but they want to be at the top as long as they play."


  • craig.taljaardt.5 - 2012-09-21 14:28

    A LEGEND........not recognize enough in his own country! Greatest all-rounder eve to grace the pitch!!! Very proud South African!,

      okonkwo7 - 2012-09-21 14:32

      His the Gary Sobers of his generation... A Legend

      jason.children - 2012-09-22 09:58

      Legend indeed!

  • - 2012-09-21 14:34

    A legend yes, but he bats WAY to slow for T20.

      ricky.klopper - 2012-09-21 16:19

      you obviously don't understand cricket very well - 2012-09-28 15:39

      Yip I obviously know nothing about cricket. Who was today's slowest batsman? Oh wait it was Kallis. Who was our 2nd most expensive bowler? Easy to answer that one. :( - 2012-09-28 15:42

      No just imagine if he batted at 100% like almost everyone else? then we would have had the extra 6 six runs and probably have won.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-21 14:40

    Go you boytjie, go...

  • ernst.j.joubert - 2012-09-21 15:01

    Usually, when the proteas start hyping themselves in a world cup then it means that they are going to loose one of the knockout games.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-21 15:44


      jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-09-21 17:12

      is it necessary to resort to name-calling Stephen? I guess it takes one to recognize one hey

  • Asif Asmal - 2012-09-21 15:46

    it was zim! lets see him do this against the more serious contenders. beware, the choker tag,beware

  • marco.hudson.33 - 2012-09-21 16:26

    LEGEND KALLIS!!! Doesnt matter whether we win the world cup or not. He remains a true legend and the best all rounder ever! But it would be nice to win this worldcup and we definately have the team.

  • Jacques - 2012-09-21 17:34

    All hail king Kallis!

  • Paul - 2012-09-22 13:07

    @craig.taljaardt.5 I think he is getting recognised, by everyone saying he doesnt get recognised enough. 5 years ago, he was not getting it, but he is ok now... a bit of an overkill to be honest.

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