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‘SA’s greatest sportsman’

Calcutta: The cricket fraternity, on Wednesday, acknowledged the achievements of Jacques Kallis, following the legendary all-rounder’s announcement to retire after the second and final Test against India, beginning on Thursday.

Here’s what they had to say (alphabetically):

On Twitter

Bishan Singh Bedi: After Sir Garfield Sobers JKalis is gr8est allrounder! Sad 2 C him go but all gd things must end! V cn cherish JK’s huge impact on world crkt!

Jkalis’ longevity all forms crkt is truly legendry! Never saw him geting caried away-cool as cocumber fit as a fiddle JK is pride crkt!

Johan Botha: All the best with your last Test @jacqueskallis75!! Get ‘Slaz Door’ going for 1 big score to finish!! Going to miss you in whites.

JP Duminy: Been an honour to share a changeroom with 1 of the gr8’s of the game. May we give u the send off u thoroughly deserve.

Gautam Gambhir: Congrats Jacques on a wonderful Test career. SA number 3 slot won’t b the same again, big shoes to fill.

Faf du Plessis: What an honour sharing a changeroom with the greatest cricketer of all time @jacqueskallis75. u will be missed.

Graeme Smith: It’s been emotional few days knowing JK retiring. All I can say what a privilege to have played with the great man!

Hopefully, we can give him the send off he deserves over the next 5 days! gonna miss him immensely.

An amazing career from South Africa’s greatest sportsman. Lookin forward to one last game in whites with this legend.

Outside Twitter

Shaun Pollock: It is great that Cricket South Africa waited for him to decide and make the decision on his own. He deserved that respect.

It is sad to see him go just ahead of the Test series against Australia early next year.

Kepler Wessels: The greatest cricketer this country has ever produced.