Jacques Kallis beats Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting to a perfect farewell

Jacques Kallis brought up 45th Test century and his 115 helped him become the third-highest Test scorer, ahead of Rahul Dravid by 1 run.

updated: December 29, 2013 16:50 IST
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South African legend Jacques Kallis outsmarted two other champions of the game -- Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting -- by scoring a ton in his final Test against India at Durban. He scored 115, eventually becoming Ravindra Jadeja's fifth victim in the innings but his efforts helped him become the third-highest Test scorer (13,289 runs) - finishing one run ahead of Rahul Dravid.

Walking in at the fall of Hashim Amla's wicket, he was welcomed with a guard of honour from the Indian side, led by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. What followed was a typical Kallis knock, making most fans wonder if he really needed to retire at the moment. Kallis unleashed a few crunching cover drives coupled with powerful back foot strokes, showing that there was still a lot of fire left in his belly, despite turning 38 just a couple of months ago. It is true that he struggled with bat for the entire year, but his sublime touch in this innings paints a different picture. (In pics: King Kallis' classy century)

Kallis was unbeaten on 78 with Dale Steyn for company when run cut short play on Day 3. In the first session on Day 4, he reached his 45th ton in Test cricket, flicking Ravindra Jadeja towards deep mid-wicket. It is also his seventh century against India.

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