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This Kallis swivels off the field

The crowd goes berserk at every move of the vivacious Kallis. We are not talking about Jacques Kallis but his sister Jenine, a cheerleader, reports Subhash Rajta.

cricket Updated: May 02, 2009 23:30 IST
Subhash Rajta

The crowd goes berserk at every move of the vivacious Kallis. We are not talking about Jacques Kallis but his sister Jenine, a cheerleader.

Even as her calm and composed big brother struggles to make his mark, the bubbly Janine works up magic quite effortlessly on the sidelines.

Interestingly, Janine doesn't cheer for her brother; instead she turns out for the teams playing against Kallis. "It's just that the Royal Challengers have their own cheerleaders, while we do it for all the other teams. Obviously, it would have been nice if I could cheer for him," she said.

But how does Kallis take it? "He doesn't take it personally, but the other day he was upset. I went a bit overboard cheering when he got out. He was very cross and threatened to hit me with his bat if I did it again," she laughed.

But shouldn't Kallis be more cheerful given that he has got a cheerleader at home? "He has always been calm, and that's perhaps the reason why he's such a fantastic cricketer. But he isn't the same off the field. He can be quite a character and it's fun to be with him," Janine said.

Was he disappointed when he wasn't made skipper, as announced earlier, after Kevin Pietersen left? "It would have been nice if he was made skipper. But I don't think it has affected him. Rather, it has given him time to focus on his own game," she said.