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Kallis: I never cared about records, statistics

Jacques Kallis: I never played for the records or statistics

South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis waves his bat as he salutes the fans after he was dismissed for 115 runs on the forth day of their cricket test ...
South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis waves his bat as he salutes the fans after being dismissed for 115 runs on the forth day of their cricket test m...
South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis, front, is embraced by captain Graeme Smith, back, as he walks up the stair to the players pavilion after he was...
South Africa's bowler Jacques Kallis and teammates walk around the ground after he retired from Test cricket at end of the fifth and final day of thei...
South Africa's bowler Jacques Kallis is carried by teammates after he retired from Test cricket at end of the fifth and final day of their cricket tes...
South Africa's Jacques Kallis, right, embraces teammate Vernon Philander in the pavilion after retiring from Test cricket at the end of their fifth an...

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South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis waves his bat as he salutes the fans after he was dismissed for 115 runs on the forth day of their cricket test ...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis waves his bat as he salutes the fans after being dismissed for 115 runs on the forth day of their cricket test m...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis, front, is embraced by captain Graeme Smith, back, as he walks up the stair to the players pavilion after he was...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's bowler Jacques Kallis and teammates walk around the ground after he retired from Test cricket at end of the fifth and final day of thei...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's bowler Jacques Kallis is carried by teammates after he retired from Test cricket at end of the fifth and final day of their cricket tes...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's Jacques Kallis, right, embraces teammate Vernon Philander in the pavilion after retiring from Test cricket at the end of their fifth an...

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Even at the very end, Jacques Kallis was setting benchmarks.

How ironic, then, that a cricketer whose 13,289 runs, 292 wickets and 200 catches through an 18-year test career that ignited debate over whether he was the greatest allrounder in the history of the game should be so unaffected by his momentous personal numbers.

Kallis said Monday after his 166th and final test ended with his last victory with South Africa: "I've never played the game for records and statistics. Records have never been important to me."

Actually, the one stat that Kallis may cherish above all is now 82. That's the number of tests he's helped his team win, behind only Australians Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Steve Waugh and Glenn McGrath.


Updated : 2021-04-12 05:09 GMT+08:00