Calcutta: For Jacques Kallis, scoring a century in his farewell Test is a performance he will cherish after his 18-year career comes to an end.
Kallis made 115 having spent 393 minutes at the crease in Durban, an innings that paved the way for the hosts’ 166-run lead in the first innings.
This was Kallis’ 45th century in Test cricket, as he went past Rahul Dravid to become the third highest run-getter in Tests.
“It is a special feeling,” he said. “It’s strange walking out to bat knowing that there is no tomorrow and it will be your last opportunity to get a hundred for your country,” he was quoted as saying in a Cricket South Africa release.
“It’s a different kind of pressure, being in the nineties for the last time was different from normally being in the nineties. At least, I could fall back on my experience and managed to get to the three figures.”
Kallis spoke of the difficulties he faced during his innings, which was well paced under the testing circumstances.
“In the situation that we were in, it was important to consolidate a bit, and make sure we got back on track after having lost a few wickets,” he said.
“We basically tried to pace the innings and to keep the scoreboard ticking.
“It was quite difficult to score because the wicket is quite slow and they put up defensive fields and bowled quite defensively.
“As we got closer to their total, we could afford to be more positive. I thought the guys really paced the innings well.”
Robin Peterson said he was very happy for Kallis.
“It looks like he (Kallis) is enjoying himself in his last game,” Peterson said.
“He richly deserves to do that, all the guys just want him to enjoy his last moments.”
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