Elegant Kallis shows new thatch hirsute’s him
AS JACQUES Kallis walked down the stairs to the field on the second day of this Lager Test Series, amidst the roar from the fans on the grandstand, a chant went up from a few of the more rowdy members of the main grandstand.
“Show us your hair! Show us your hair!”
As reported yesterday, the new locks of Kallis have taken on a mantle of their own. And yesterday, after his 38th Test century, he is third on the list after Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Rahul Dravid commented: “Hairstyle changes, but the runs keep coming,” laughed Dravid. “It’s been fascinating, I’ve played and shared a changing room with Jacques over the last three years at the Royal Challengers. I have got to see a lot of him up close and you can see why he is such a successful cricketer. He’s got such a fantastic temperament for the game, such a relaxed personality, both on and off the field. He just keeps scoring runs and keeps getting better.
“I’d hoped the new hairstyle would cramp him a bit, but it doesn’t seem to have, I wish he would spend more time looking in the mirror.”
If Kallis is spending time looking in the mirror, it is the Man in the Mirror, as the poem insists. He looks inside, towards the inspiration of his loved ones now departed, a personality driven to success, records to attain and a hunger to win that is hidden behind a calm exterior and a dead-pan face. And, now, a new hairstyle.
His partnership with Hashim Amla was 200 at the close, and Alviro Petersen, who had, along with Graeme Smith, pushed South Africa into a strong position yesterday, felt that his side were on the highway to victory.
“It’s a been a really good day for us, starting with yesterday and then taking the last wicket (early this morning),” said Petersen. “We had a big partnership up front and then Jacques and Hashim batted really well to push us into a strong position.”
South Africa began cautiously, their run rate bordering on snailpace for the first hour as they came to terms with a wicket that India found was a bully. Petersen rode his luck on the odd occasion, while Smith drove quite beautifully.
“The first 10 overs we didn’t score a lot of runs, only afterwards when we started getting in we put away the loose balls,” said Petersen. “The longer you are in, the easier it gets. Getting a good start was important.”