Jacques Kallis yesterday paid handsome tributes to his late parents for all the support they gave to make him a cricketer and hoped he did them proud.

Kallis, who retired from Test cricket as South Africa wrapped up the two-match series 1-0 against India, also said he was fortunate to have some great coaches.

Jacques Kallis celebrates SA’s win over India yesterday. PICs/AFP

“I’ve been fortunate to have had great coaches throughout the career, my friends and family have put up with me being away, will be nice to catch up with them. So many people to thank. Two of the most important people, who aren’t there, so ‘Mum, Dad I hope I’ve made you proud’,” said Kallis.

Kallis, 38, said it was a tough decision for him to retire from Tests. “Tough call (to retire from Tests). It’s been incredible, the way people have come out to support me, the way CSA and my teammates have made it a special game.

A Jacques Kallis’ fan holds a placard saluting the legend after the match

“I still had the same butterflies ahead of this game, thanks to MS (Dhoni) and the team for the guard of honour, I was glad I didn’t face the next ball then,” he said. —