Kallis will not retire until he wins a World Cup for his country
Veteran South African batsman, Jacques Kallis, has announced that he will attempt to play and potentially win the 2015 World Cup for his country, despite of concerns about his age.
South Africa, since they were allowed to play the sport once again in 1992, have never made it to the World Cup final, since they have succumbed to the pressure on a numerous amount of occasions, even though having proven that they were one of the most toughest teams to beat.
Kallis, who is currently playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), stated that he would make sure to be fit for the 2015 World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Speaking exclusively to the Times of India, Kallis said: “My primary target is to help Team Kolkata win the IPL. But when it comes to international commitments, I want to win the World Cup for South Africa.”
Kallis, who represented South Africa in five World Cups, also said that Indian batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar, has been a source of inspiration for him, since Tendulkar was part of the Indian squad that won the World Cup last year at the age of 37.
In his career, Kallis has scored 12,379 runs in 152 Tests and 11,498 runs in 321 ODIs, while also picking up 276 Test and 270 ODI wickets, but, he noted that he had no thoughts of retiring anytime soon.
“I think I still have three to four years of cricket left in me. As of now, I have no such intentions. This IPL is important for me as far as fitness is concerned. All my life, I have walked on to the field as a fully fit cricketer, and I want to maintain it throughout. My aim is to stay fit during the IPL and then focus on other commitments,” he said.
South African fans will be hoping that Kallis’ confident attitude will help lead the country to their first World Cup victory.
“In my cricketing career, I have achieved all success, but the only thing that has eluded me is the World Cup,” Kallis said.