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Jacques Kallis is forced to retire from international cricket because of serious back problem, feels his mentor

Jacques Kallis's experience will be missed by South Africa in the next World Cup © Getty Images
Jacques Kallis’s experience will be missed by South Africa in the next World Cup © Getty Images

Aug 3, 2014

Jacques Kallis, the former South Africa’s all-rounder who recently retired from International cricket may have serious back problem and that is the main reason which forced him to retire from the game before the World cup. Keith Richardson, the mentor of Kallis at Wynberg Boys’ High School feels so. In an interview to Deccan Chronicle Richardson recently said, “Kallis was having serious problems with his back before he left for Sri Lanka which was why he did not bowl at all while over there on the recent tour.  He has retired because of ‘the wear and tear on his body.”

He further added, “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 has played a role in this final big decision”, Richardson explained. “His one remaining cricketing goal was to win a World Cup. This will now elude him but his legacy will inspire the next generation of South African cricket stars”, he signed off.

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