Jacques Kallis: I don't see it as a goodbye, want to play 2015 World Cup

Jacques Kallis says winning the Indian Premier League title with Kolkata Knight Riders was a special moment.

updated: December 25, 2013 21:40 IST
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Jacques Kallis, one of the greatest all-time all-rounders, wants to play the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The 38-year-old, who has decided to retire from Test cricket after the second Test against India in Durban starting Thursday, has played 325 ODIs scoring 8680 runs and bagging 273 wickets. Kallis said in a statement on Christmas Day: "I don't see it as goodbye because I still have a lot of hunger to push South Africa to that World Cup in 2015 if I am fit and performing." (Jacques Kallis to retire from Tests after India series)

Although most top cricketers in their late thirties tend to prolong their Test careers and avoid the stressful shorter format of the game, Kallis has done the reverse. His current Test form has been rather pale considering his lofty standards and the decision to play ODIs and T20 has clearly come because the South African team management still sees value in the robust all-rounder. (A fitting finale awaits Jacques Kallis)

Kallis' sudden retirement has taken the world by surprise. Sunil Gavaskar is one of the many who never saw it coming. For Kallis too, it wasn't an automatic decision considering he still remains a batting mainstay for the world's No. 1 Test side in any format. (Preview: Jacques Kallis' final hurrah in white kits)

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