Jacques Kallis, widely recognised as South Africa’s greatest all-rounder, turned 41 on 16 Oct.
Born in Pinelands, Cape Town, in 1975, Kallis became a man of the world, but his life now seems centred around golf, although he is still involved in IPL and the odd T20 match around the world.
Of his 41 years, 19 were dedicated to the service of his country on the cricket field. He made his debut against England in Durban in 1995, and he played his last ODI match in July 2014.
Along the way, he scored 13 289 Test runs (averaging 55.37) and took 292 wickets (ave 32.65); adding 11 579 ODI runs and 273 ODI wickets and 666 T20 runs.
Among his many achievements was his double hundred against India in 2010, which was especially joyful for Kallis because it earned him membership of the prestigious Leopard Creek golf club in Mpumalanga, for golf is now his passion.
SACricketmag.com wish him happy birthday, many eagles and at least a couple of holes-in-one.