Calcutta: The cricket fraternity doffed their hat to Jacques Kallis, who retired from all formats of the game on Wednesday.
While Rahul Dravid called the all-rounder “the Garry Sobers of our generation” on BBC’s Test Match Special, Kevin Pietersen tweeted that the all-rounder is arguably the greatest cricketer ever.
Kallis had retired from Test cricket at the end of last year, after the series against India at home.
Here’s how the cricketers reacted (in alphabetical order):
Paul Collingwood: He scored runs for fun, swung it both ways, could hit you in the head and had hands like buckets. Congrats @jacqueskallis75 #TheBest
Rahul Dravid: The Garry Sobers of our generation.
JP Duminy: Been a privilege and an honour to have played alongside this living legend @jacqueskallis75 Congrats.
Jason Gillespie: Jacques Kallis — congratulations on a wonderful career. Quality cricket over a long period of time. One of the very best.
VVS Laxman: Congrats to @jacqueskallis75 on a oustanding career. world cricket will miss you. amazing stats but more importantly a match winner #legend
Brett Lee: @jacqueskallis75 congrats on a magnificent career mate! Best ever!
Tom Moody: One of the most influential cricketers of all time calls stumps, congratulations @jacqueskallis75 on an amazing career. #Legend
Irfan Pathan: Is there any cricketer who has better stats thn @jacqueskallis75. Don’t even think. True match winner with bat ball retires
Kevin Pietersen: Arguably the greatest ever cricketer retires... cricket will miss you, @jacqueskallis75!
Michael Vaughan: Jacques Kallis is the greatest ever all-rounder in my opinion. The international game will miss him.