Back with a Bang… All Hail King Kallis !!

KallisJacques Kallis’s time to reign over the cricket world may have finally arrived. The fire in his belly is blazing better than ever before. The 3 tons he has just scored in 2 tests against Pakistan, away from home, not only fetched him back-to-back man of the match titles, but also spoke volumes of the man’s serenity and temperament. He started the tour with 2 centuries (a 155 and a 100*) in the same match against a formidable Pakistani attack… A slap on the face of critics who questioned his integrity and commitment towards his country after his stepping down from vice-captaincy.

His outburst was labeled as snappish. Even Kallis admitted that it was an emotional one- something that should be perfectly understandable, considering the fact that the star all-rounder has represented his country for a vast span of 12 years. But at the same time the 31-year old strongly denied that he was not committed to his country. Kallis was bombarded with lucrative offers from several sides in the English county circuit and even the rebel Indian Cricket League (who reportedly even agreed to mail him a blank cheque) after his anger became public. If he wasn’t loyal to South Africa, he would definitely have given a second thought to the offers.

The man, who won ICC’s player of the Year award in 2005, had earlier lashed out at National selectors after the selection controversy when he was omitted from the squad saying that he wasn’t fit enough for the shortest version of the game. Though he found backing in the form of teammate Mark Boucher, the fact that he missed out on being a part of the inaugural event, may well bother him for quite some time. However, this anger could well work in South Africa’s favor if at all he keeps the runs coming the way they are…

His superb answer with the bat has not only dispelled all doubts about his resentment over being overlooked for the Twenty20 Championship, but his usually calm, spick and span character has only worked in his favor. Yes, the exclusion made him angry but Kallis handled the situation in a way that only champions have the know-how of…

The wait for cricket lovers like me is now to seize satisfaction when King Kallis scores his first Test double. He looked all set for it during his 155 at Karachi. But, going by the kind of form he has struck… it no longer seems a distant dream.

Aman Kapoor