5 finest performances of Jacques Kallis as batsman and bowler!

Jacques Kallis, the Proteas (South African) all-rounder who retired from Test cricket in December 2013, has decided to call it a day in limited overs cricket (one-day internationals) as well, thus shelving his 2015 Cricket World Cup dream. Kallis undeniably is one of the modern greats cricket has seen and his skills with both bat and ball were best in the business – 11,579 runs and 273 wickets in ODIs glitter against his name. As the all-rounder bids adieu after 18 years of service to South African cricket, we take a look back at some of his tall efforts both with bat and ball.

Jacques Kallis as batsman

111 vs New Zealand, Perth, 1998

This century of Kallis was the first of his 17 centuries and indeed a special one as well. He came in to bat at number 3 in first over of the game after Lance Klusener’s departure. Kallis who steadied the South African innings along with Gary Kirsten went on to smash his first ODI hundred in 32 matches and helped his team set a fighting target. His innings of 111, which included 10 fours, was cut short by Craig McMillan. South Africa later won the match by 67 runs.

113 not out vs Sri Lanka, Dhaka, 1998

In the semi-finals of the Wills International Cup (later Champions Trophy) Jacques Kallis batting at number 5 scored a valuable unbeaten 113 off 107 balls. Kallis came in to bat with four wickets down for just 87 runs and then played a sheet anchor role to notch up his third ODI ton. South Africa won the game by 92 runs (D/L method) and entered the finals of the competition.

109 not out vs West Indies, Cape Town, 2004

In an aggressive mode against the hapless West Indies bowling attack, Kallis smashed the 11th ODI century of his career off just 89 balls. He finished unbeaten on 109 off 94 ballswhich included six fours and five sixes. Later, West Indies who were chasing 264 were bundled out for just 54 runs.

101 vs Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2004

Chasing a daunting target of 309, South Africa failed to put up a fight and lost the match by 49 runs. Jacques Kallis’ lone effort was the only positive for Proteas. He scored 101 before being caught behind and was the only noticeable performance by a South African batsman apart from Jacques Rudolph’s 48. Even in a losing cause Kallis’ resistance did not go unnoticed.

104 not out vs India, Ahmedabad, 2010

Kallis, playing in his 298th ODI, registered a century off 92 balls. Kallis along with AB de Villiers put on unbeaten 173 runs for the fifth wicket and helped South Africa post gigantic 365 in 50 overs. He finished unbeaten on 104 and it turned out to be his last ODI century.

Jacques Kallis as bowler

3-21 vs Pakistan, Sharjah, 1996

In his 13th match, Jacques Kallis picked the first wickets of his ODI career. Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was looking dangerous on 41, was set for a big score but Kallis had him caught behind and thus fetched his first wicket. He finished with figures of 3-21 as Pakistan were bowled out for 188!

5-30 vs West Indies, Dhaka, 1998

After a scintillating effort with the bat in the semis of the Wills International Cup against Sri Lanka, Kallis proved his worth in the bowling department with a five-wicket haul. He claimed 5-30 to see South Africa lift their first major title. After 328 matches, 5-30 still remains his best bowling figure in ODI cricket.

3-26 vs Si Lanka, Northampton, 1999

In a 1999 World Cup group match, South Africa managed only 199 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka. A spirited bowling spell by Kallis saw Sri Lanka collapsing for just 110 runs thus handing the Proteas a 89-run win. Kallis picked 3-26 in 8 overs at an economy of 3.25 and made life difficult for Sri Lanka by scalping the top three batsmen.

4-22 vs West Indies, Barbados, 2001

In another one of his fiery spells, Kallis sent the top three West Indies batsmen packing, including the prized wicket of Brian Lara. He then came back to dismiss the number 10 batsman and clinch his fourth wicket. Kallis was instrumental in reducing West Indies to 199.

5-41 vs Pakistan, Cape Town, 2002

This was Kallis’ second and last five-wicket haul in ODI cricket. He demolished the Pakistan middle-order and helped South Africa defend 266. He broke the all-important stand of 108 runs for the fifth wicket between Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan by scalping the former’s wicket.