Wynberg Pays Tribute to Jacques Kallis on his Retirement from International Cricket

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Wynberg Boys' High School: Old Boy Jacques Kallis Retires from International Cricket

Wynberg Boys’ High School: Old Boy Jacques Kallis Retires from International Cricket; photo courtesy Mike Lumb, taken at the renaming of the Wynberg Cricket Oval in 2010

Headmaster, Mr Keith Richardson, writes:

It doesn’t matter what sphere of life it is, there comes a time when a person realises for himself that the time is right.  Jacques Kallis started playing international cricket in 1995 and has been the rock of South African cricket through a number of eras.  His remarkable feats during the captaincies of Hansie Cronje, Shaun Pollock and Graham Smith will be admired and marvelled in the cricket world for as long as the game is played.

There is no doubt that he has been instrumental in establishing the Proteas as a very real force in world cricket throughout these eras.  He has outlasted all his contemporaries and most of his friends – so presumably this, plus the fact of the wear and tear on the body after nearly twenty years of international cricket, has played a role in this final Big Decision.

His one remaining cricketing goal was to win a World Cup.  This will now elude him –  but his example and achievements will inspire the next generation of South African cricket stars.

I am often asked by boys what his legacy will be.  It is easy.  His legacy will be that he Made a Difference to every cricket team in which he played.  This humble cricketer from Wynberg Boys’ High School, this thoroughly modest sportsman, this Giant of All Rounders,  has raised the cricketing bar to which all international players can now aspire.  He epitomises Supera Moras – the motto of ‘Never Give Up’ which is imprinted in the heart of every Wynberg sportsman.

In 2010, the lst X1 cricket field was renamed the Jacques Kallis Oval in his honour.   May it encourage and motivate all Wynberg cricketers who play on it in the future.  May these cricketers play with the same resilience and determination which Jacques Kallis invariably displayed right from his Junior School years.

I once found Eric Norton, a former South African opening batsman, watching a school game at Wynberg many years ago.  ‘What are you doing here?’ I asked him.

‘I love watching this youngster of yours, Jacques Kallis,’ he said. ‘He has a cover drive that is worth the drive to your school.’

That sentiment has been echoed for twenty years round the cricket fields of the world.

KCR: 30 July 2014