- South African cricket legend Jacques Kallis has been inducted in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame
- He is the fourth South African inducted to make onto the exclusive list of the world's greatest cricket players
- Kallis has had an impressive career and has scored more runs for South Africa than any other player
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has inducted three great cricket players into the ICC Hall of Fame.
Among them is none other than South African Jacques Kallis, an all-rounder and fan favourite.
Alongside Kallis, Australian World Cup-winning all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar and Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan, a batsman who made his name in the 70's and 80's.
The induction show was hosted by commentator Alan Wilkins and was streamed over the ICC's social media channels. He was joined by other cricket greats such as Sunil Gavaskar, Melanie Jones and Shaun Pollock as the main guests and had Wasim Akram, Graeme Smith and Alyssa Healy.
Kallis is only the fourth South African player to be inducted into the hall of fame, the other Saffas are Alan Donald, Barry Richards and Graeme Pollock.
“It is always a pleasure to announce the latest set of inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. These are all players with a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations for years to come. I congratulate Zaheer, Jacques and Lisa on their inclusion in the pantheon of cricket greats,” said ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney.
Kallis was honoured by his induction.
“It’s a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. It is something that I never expected when I started playing. I certainly did not play the game for any accolades or anything like that, I only wanted to win the games for whoever I was playing for."
“But it is nice to be recognised when one has succeeded in the sport, it is nice to be recognised by people for something that you have achieved in the game, something that I am really proud of,” said Jacques Kallis.
Here is a breakdown of Kallis' achievements:
- Kallis scored over 10 000 runs and took 250 wickets in one-day and Test matches.
- Has scored the most Test runs for South Africa
- The most capped Test and ODI South African player
- Was ranked No. 1 Test batsman for 592 days
- A whopping 4028 days as No. 1 ranked Test all-rounder
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the sport of cricket is widely regarded as the gentleman's game and test cricket, in particular, is known for its history and traditions.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is notoriously loathe to change the laws when it comes to test cricket, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced their hand.
Teams were never allowed to substitute a player during a test, but this will now be allowed should any player exhibit signs of Covid-19.
In other news, the 25th May marks a special day for South African cricketer Kagiso Rabada as he celebrates his birthday.
It's also his crown birthday as the young sportsman turns 25.
The fast bowler attended St Stithian's Boys College and left in 2013. The following year, he made his debut for the Proteas limited-overs team in November.
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