Johannesburg, Oct 04 : Jacques Kallis said that post his retirement from international cricket, he feels more enthusiastic and energised to play T20 cricket.
According to Sport 24, the 38-year-old retired from all formats of international cricket in July this year after struggling for runs.
In an interview with the Champions League T20 website, Kallis said that retiring from Proteas duty has given him more time to focus on T20 cricket.
He is currently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20 event in India.
Johannesburg: South Africa`s professional players and the South African Cricketers` Association have paid tribute to all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who retired from all formats of the game.
Proteas Test captain, Hashim Amla, said: "Jacques was a one in 50 years cricketer who had a huge influence on so many Proteas players over a 20-year period. I was privileged to have been one of those."
"You appreciate the magnitude of the cricketer not only when you look at his record but also when you play alongside him," he added.
Johannesburg, July 31 - South Africa's ODI and Test Captains, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, have paid tributes to the star Proteas player Jacques Kallis, who announced retirement from International cricket.
Hashim Amla, Proteas Test captain, said that Kallis is a legend and sportsmen like him only come around once every five decades, News 24 reported.
He added that Kallis is an astute professional who always gave 100 percent for his country and a lot of youngsters coming up can learn a lot from the way he shaped his career.
Sydney, July 8 : South African great Jacques Kallis has said that it would be nice if he could end his international career with a World Cup victory, with him as part of the winning side.
A motivated Kallis, who would be playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League later this year, has achieved a lot of prizes in nearly two decades in the game, except for the Cricket World Cup.
Johannesburg, Jan 1 : Retired South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has said that he had never played cricket for the sake of making records or statistics as they have never been important to him.
Till his retirement, Kallis, whose 13, 289 runs, 292 wickets and 200 catches through an 18-year Test career ignited debate over whether he was the greatest all-rounder in the history of the game, was setting benchmarks.
Durban, Dec 30 : Jacques Kallis Monday paid handsome tributes to his late parents for all the support they gave to make him a cricketer and hoped he did them proud.
Kallis, who retired from Test cricket as South Africa wrapped up the two-match series 1-0 against India, also said he was fortunate to have some great coaches.
"I've been fortunate to have had great coaches throughout the career, my friends and family have put up with me being away, will be nice to catch up with them. So many people to thank. Two of the most important people, who aren't there, so 'Mum, Dad I hope I've made you proud'," said Kallis.
Durban, Dec 25 : South Africa's legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis will retire from Test cricket after the second Test against India starting at Kingsmead here Thursday. Kallis, 38, however, will be available for the shorter formats of the game.
Commenting on his decision, the veteran of 165 Test matches said: "It's been an honour and a privilege to have been part of the South African Test team since making my debut 18 years ago. I have enjoyed every moment out in the middle but I just feel that the time is right to hang up my Test whites.
Johannesburg, Oct 14 - South Africa's premier batsman Jacques Kallis has said that he felt refreshed after a three-month break from cricket and it had prepared him well for the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
According to Sport24, Kallis, who returned to domestic matches after his break, played the last of his 162 Tests against Pakistan in February this year and has not featured in a limited over international since early 2012.
He said that after 17-18 years, he needed a good three months away and it had been a pleasurable period where he could refresh his mind and get a little niggle sorted out.
Johannesburg, Jan 3 : Veteran all rounder Jacques Kallis, who became the fourth player and first South African to score 13 000 Test runs on an action-packed opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday, has claimed he is not thinking about retirement yet.
The Proteas demolished New Zealand for 45 in the morning session, the touring side''s third lowest total, and Kallis reached his individual milestone after tea when he reached 20 with a four through backward point off seamer Doug Bracewell, Sport24 reports.
South African batsmen Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla have jumped to fourth and tenth place respectively in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for batsmen in the test matches released on Tuesday.
Kallis has gained four spots to leave behind his skipper Grame Smith who has dropped three places to be at the fifth spot. Kallis had scored 173 runs in the first test match against India in Nagpur.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore team has made into the second round of the cash rich T20 Champions League as they crushed Otago by 80 runs in the third match of the Group C at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Monday.
The man of the match Jacques Kallis showed brilliant all-around performance to lead their team to victory in a must-win match. Kallis smashed unbeaten 73 runs in 59 balls apart from taking three crucial wickets.
South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis will not play in match against India which will be played tomorrow in the super eight round of ICC T20 World Cup at Trent Bridge due to minor back problem.
Kallis is now playing as an opener for the South African team and he has scored 174 runs in the last four matches.
South Africa's skipper Grame Smith said that they will make a change in their team for match against India as opener Kallis will be rested and Herschelle Gibbs will open inning for South Africa in place of Kallis with him.
Cape Town (South Africa), Apr. 16 : South African vice-captain Jacques Kallis, who was omitted from the first Twenty20 World Cup on home soil nearly two years ago, may be a shock inclusion in the South African squad for the second Twenty20 World Cup to be held in England in June.
There are now strong rumours that he may make the Proteas’ squad of 15 for the tournament in England, reports the Die Burger newspaper.
In the past 24 months, Kallis has played in only two of the Proteas’ 14 Twenty20 games and in the past year he was only involved in one of South Africa’s six Twenty20 games.
Durban, Apr. 2 : South Africa have decided to rest injured star all-rounder Jacques Kallis from the opening one-day international against Australia.
The 33-year-old pace bowler and No. 4 batsman is likely to make his return from a groin-muscle injury in Sunday''s second ODI match at Centurion.
"Jacques hasn''t come through quite for Friday so he''s going to be missing out," Fox Sports quoted captain Graeme Smith, as saying.
"Roelof (van der Merwe) is going to be missing out and Vaughan Van Jaarsveld and Wayne Parnell."
Cape Town (South Africa), Mar. 19 : Australia have made clear their intentions to push hard for a 3-0 sweep of their Test series against South Africa by suggesting that stand-in Proteas skipper Jacques Kallis has "enough on his plate".
Kallis quit as vice-captain in 2007 after being left out of Proteas'' squad for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
The 33-year-old is the only South African in Test cricket''s 10,000-run club and has also taken 258 wickets at 30.88 in 130 matches, as well as being one of the game''s finest slips fielders.
Durban, Mar. 12: South African selectors have dumped Ashwell Prince as captain only a day after announcing that the team''s regular vice-captain would lead the side in the absence of injured skipper Graeme Smith.
Smith will miss next week''s third Test against Australia because of a fractured little finger and Prince, who had been unable to win a place in the side for the first two Tests, had been recalled on Tuesday in a 12-man squad for Cape Town.
Chairman of selectors Mike Procter had said Prince, whose place in the Test side for the home series against Australia had been taken by J P Duminy at No. 5, would return as an opening batsman and skipper.