Jacques Kallis is arguably the best all-rounder to have ever played the game of cricket. Kallis was a tough nut to crack with his impressive stroke-play and intelligent bowling. Kallis has picked a total of 577 wickets including all three formats –ODI, Tests and T20. Born on 16th October 1975, Kallis made his international debut at the age of 20 against England. Here are the top four bowling performances of Kallis.
Kallis shone in the inaugural version of the Champions Trophy in Bangladesh in 1998. He cruised the Proteas side towards the title-win with an incredible performance. In the semi-final, South Africa defeated Sri Lanka to face West Indies in the final. Kallis scalped five wickets giving away just 30 runs in 7.5 overs. The all-rounder thrashed the batting order of West Indies, restricting Windies to 245 runs. South Africa chased the total in 47 overs to lift their only ICC title.
In 2002, Kallis came up with an incredible performance as he picked five wickets, giving away just 41 runs in 8.4 overs. The Proteas side posted a total of 265 runs and Kallis couldn’t do well with the bat, scoring just eight runs. Returning with the bowl, Kallis and Co restricted Pakistan to 231 runs, winning the match by 34 runs.
25534 international runs 💥— ICC (@ICC) October 16, 2019
577 international wickets 🔥
338 international catches 🙌
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Kallis scalped four wickets in the fifth ODI against West Indies in 2001. Windies were restricted to 199 in 49.2 overs. Kallis picked the wicket of Windies’ top scorer Brain Lara (125-ball-92). South cruised past the total in 41.4 overs, winning the match by seven wickets.
South Africa registered a mammoth 191-run victory against England in the fourth test match of five-match Test series. Choosing to bat, the Proteas side posted a total of 342 runs. Returning with the ball, South Africa restricted England to 307 runs. Kallis picked three wickets in the first innings giving away just 38 runs. Meanwhile, in the second innings, the Proteas side posted a total of 365 runs, setting a total of 401 runs to win for the English men. Kallis ran through the batting order of England, claiming six wickets as they came on to bat in the second innings.