Honestly, it was only a matter of time. Jacques Kallis, the most complete cricketer of the modern era, has announced his retirement from the five- day game at the end of the Boxing Day Test against India.
South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game. His record speaks for itself – 13174 runs in 165 Tests averaging over 55 with 44 hundreds.
During the course of his unbeaten 122 on day two of the Hamilton Test against New Zealand, veteran West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul became the sixth highest run-scorer in Test cricket surpassing the legendary Allan Border.
The sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a rather predictable one thus far, making for boring viewing. Four of the teams – Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, and Kings XI Punjab have been exceedingly poor, as a result of which they find themselves at the bottom of the table.
Defending Champions Kolkata Knight Riders got their much needed victory against Kings XI Punjab to stay alive in the competition. It was a clinical performance from the hosts with the bat and the ball to ease to a 6-wicket victory with 10 balls to spare. Kings XI Punjab had a poor day on the field dropping catches and misfielding quite a bit.
It is a well-known fact by now that batting is not Sunrisers Hyderabad’s forte. As such, when Kolkata Knight Riders decided to bat first in their clash against Sunrisers on Sunday at the Eden Gardens, it was imperative for the visitors to restrict KKR’s innings to a chaseable total.