South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Honours Jacques Kallis With the Order of Ikhamanga
On Thursday (25th April), the legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in the Silver Division by President Cyril Ramaphosa for his massive contribution in South African cricket.
The Order of Ikhamanga is a South African honour which has three different classes – Gold Division, Silver Division and Bronze Division. The President of South Africa grants these awards for significant achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sports.
During his international cricket career, Jacques Kallis played a great role for his nation that helped South Africa to earn a respectable position in world cricket.
The 43-year-old is currently busy in India in the ongoing IPL 2019 as he is the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). While he missed this ceremony, his wife Charlene and his agent David Rundle collected that award on his behalf. David Rundle was also a South African cricketer who played two ODIs in 1994.
The Order of #Ikhamanga is bestowed in SILVER on:
JACQUES KALLIS: For his contribution to the sport of cricket and for placing South Africa on the world sporting map. His stellar career & commitment to the sport inspired many young people to aim for excellence.#NationalOrders pic.twitter.com/aL1KEKh3HY
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) April 25, 2019
Cricket South Africa (CSA) also congratulated Jacques Kallis for this special honour. CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe highly praised the former South African all-rounder for his contribution.
Jacques Kallis had a long international cricket career from 1995 to 2014. He was one of the greatest pace-bowling all-rounders in international cricket history.
Jacques Kallis’ brief international career
After making his international debut in December 1995, he played 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20Is. The right-handed batsman scored 13,289 Test runs (average 55.37), 11,579 ODI runs (44.36) and 666 T20I runs (average 35.05). While he is the most international run-scorer as a South African batsman, he is also the fifth most run-scorer in international cricket history.
Meanwhile, the right-arm medium pacer picked up 292 Test, 273 ODI and 12 T20I wickets. At present, he is the fifth most wicket-taker for South Africa in international cricket.
Kallis was once the No.1 ranked Test and ODI all-rounder as well as the no.1-ranked Test and ODI batsman. He played his last international match on 12th July 2014 (ODI against Sri Lanka).
One of his best achievements in international career came in the 1998 ICC Knockout Trophy (now known as Champions Trophy). While South Africa won their first ever ICC tournament, Kallis won the Player of the Tournament award. In that tournament, he finished as the leading wicket-taker (eight wickets) and second most run-scorer (164 runs). Till the date, it is the only ICC trophy that South Africa has won ever.
Kallis also played a vital all-rounder role for South Africa during the 1998 Commonwealth Games. South Africa won the Gold Medal in that Commonwealth Games.
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