Bangalore: When Jacques Kallis was named one of five Cricketers of the Year in the 150th edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, most reactions were along the lines of 'What, he hadn't been named all these years?' But the man himself, currently plying his trade with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, wore the new mantle lightly, focusing on the job in hand instead.
"It's a great honour to be named one of the five cricketers of the year," Kallis told the team's official channel. "I obviously had a pretty good season with South Africa and it's nice to be rewarded for that. But having said that, you don't play the game for those accolades, you play the game to win for the team you are playing for. So nice as it is to win the accolade, it's nice that the team had a good year as well."
Kallis is obviously closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but that has not affected his performances. "Yeah, getting on in life now ... I'm 37, but still hungry, still enjoying it," he said. "There's still a lot to achieve in the game. As long as I wake up in the morning hungry to play this game, wanting to get results for the team that I play with ... I'll go on till the body holds out.