Cricket fans in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s were blessed enough to watch the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Brian Lara and other players and compete against each other. Every individual has a legacy of their own and have an impact on the future generation of cricket. With time and the emergence of IPL, once pitted as great rivals all these legendary players share a high bond and friendship.
Similarly, Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis have been great ambassadors of cricket for a long time now. Both the players are great pals off the field, and it was proven when Sachin wished Kallis birthday wishes on twitter and posted a picture of the two playing together. He wrote, “Happy birthday to one of the greatest all rounders to have graced the game, @jacqueskallis75! Have a great year ahead!”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 16, 2017
Few would argue with the fact that Jacques Kallis is one of the greatest all-rounders to have ever played the game of cricket. He is one of the rare players who have more than 10,000 runs in both One Day and Test match format. His bowling stats are equally impressive. In 166 Test matches that he has played in, he has picked up 292 wickets and had 273 wickets in 328 One Day Internationals. He is the only player in the history of cricket to score more than 10,000 runs and take more than 200 wickets in both ODI’s and Tests.
Jacques Kallis won the Sir Garfield Sobers award in 2005 along with Andrew Flintoff for his performance that year. Kallis has represented South Africa in five ICC Cricket World Cups, most for any Proteas player. Kallis and Tendulkar have had a healthy rivalry throughout their career but have also respected each other on and off the field.
We Wish Jacques Kallis a very Happy Birthday!