King Kallis

One autumn,I was picking up my wardrobe wherein I usually place my books.I had a massive volume of interest in reading cricket magazines.And luckily that time,I found one under the heading1999 Cricket World Cup‘.I skimmed through it and dug out one interesting name.His figures with both bat and ball were very impressive throughout the tournament.I was unable to even pronounce the name.It was Jacques Henry Kallis!
South Africa had lost the battle in the semi-finals due to their frequent and much debated hard-luck.There was one black man with a king-size mustache blowing a trumpet.My friends would make fun about that particular picture:
Ye vaayan zan’ne Hindustanas poag”(This man seems to be trumpeting on the plight of Indians),as India had lost the big fight in its early stages only.
Leaving that sort,the game had got its builder and people their entertainer.In his eighteen-year old test career,he has never appeared on the television in any lawbreaking case and has been the longest surviving all-rounder.He would always stay as a giant lad before the stumps covering them up with every effort of his.
The figures just speak high volumes-166 matches,13,289 runs with an outstanding average of 55.37 which is well above ‘The wall’ of India.And in the bowling department as well,he may be very well equated with Zaheer Khan who has 300 wickets in the test arena.Although Jacques Kallis is eight wickets short of Zaheer’s tally,but the averages of both stand equal.So the equation ‘Kallis=Dravid+Zaheer’ was very well calculated by Ravi Shastri.In the slip region,he remained as a magnet for the red ball as South Africa never felt any need of an athletic slip fielder and took 200 catches.His 45 tons are the second best in the history of the game only behind the 51 of Sachin Tendulkar.
Apart from the awards and trophies,every great player has unveiled his signs.But did Kallis offer us any different?
Nothing but runs,wickets and catches.Not big runs actually!
Infact,Jason Gillespie made his test double hundred before Kallis did.
At the time of his departure,his teammates emerged with tailored T-shirts to commemorate his career.On the exterior was an image of Kallis gesturing,on the rear was stamped,
The only cricketer to have scored 10,000 runs and 200 wickets.”
He was negated the other 3289 runs,92 wickets and 200 catches by those figures but that would not have bothered him.
A very inferior lot of cricketers have ever been able to armor in immersion as Kallis did in his demure career.He has not retired from the limited form yet and will continue to entertain and inspire aspirers with his cover-drives and slow bouncers.
Enjoy your golf man!


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