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Jacques Kallis waiting to join 10000 club

Ahmedabad: Jacques Kallis is relishing a new hunger for success. Having surpassed Sir Don Bradman to become fifth on the list of Test cricket’s leading centurions here, the prolific allrounder is now eagerly waiting for another landmark: 10,000 runs.

The 32-year-old’s 30th century (132) in the first innings has took him close to that mark (9,641 in 118 Tests) and he believes it would be a perfect “jewel” in his crown.

“Scoring century No. 30 is a special moment. I’m enjoying every bit of my career now. The body may not be taking it the way I would have loved to, but the desire is still there. Joining 10,000-club will be a jewel in the crown,” Kallis told The Telegraph on Saturday. “I’ve never dreamt of scoring 30 centuries or 10,000 runs. It’s a great moment for me.”

Kallis was not included in the South African side for the ICC World Twenty20 at home in September. But the world’s leading allrounder came back strongly, winning the Man of the Series award in Pakistan.

AB de Villiers, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his maiden double hundred, described Kallis as a “legend”, saying his tips had helped him stay focussed during his innings.

According to Kallis, the future of South African cricket is safely placed in the De Villers’s hands.

“We now have a nice blend of experience and youth in the side. Probably for the first time in my career I can see a bowling attack who can take 20 wickets in the subcontinent. It’s a great sign for our cricket,” he said.

Kallis also said the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, who was ruled out of the series with a groin injury, would add pressure to the home side.

Kallis, like his captain Graeme Smith, is also looking for a 2-0 win in the ongoing series. “India will certainly bounce back in Kanpur. But we are pretty confident of another win there,” he said.

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