Smith emotional and privileged after Kallis exit

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Captain Graeme Smith led the tributes to veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis, shortly after South Africa's 10-wicket win – and one-nil series triumph – over India after tea on day five of the second and final Test match at Kingsmead in Durban on Monday.

Captain Graeme Smith led the tributes to veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis, shortly after South Africa's 10-wicket win – and one-nil series triumph – over India after tea on day five of the second and final Test match at Kingsmead in Durban on Monday.

Resuming on 68 for two overnight, the tourists boasted high hopes of posting a formidable second-innings lead, but instead fell to 223 all out, after which the Proteas reached a modest 58-run target with all 10 wickets in hand.

The fixture also marked the 166th and final Test match of veteran Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis' career. Kallis announced his retirement the longest format of the game last week, but will remain available for the limited-overs team ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

"I have had a lot of good memories with Jacques. The thing that stands out is he is a really good human being. I have the privilege of having him as a friend. That's the most important thing," said Smith. "A big thank you to everyone who turned up here to bid farewell to Jacques. It's a very emotional moment."

The Proteas' success was largely built on the back of Kallis' first-innings century, spinner Robin Peterson's second-innings four-wicket haul and fast bowler Dale Steyn's Man of the Match figures of nine for 147, which included a momentous 350th Test match wicket.

"India have always been a big challenge. They are one of the teams we have not beaten in the last few years. The performance was incredible in the last five days. We worked hard to get a lead," added Smith.

"We had to grind out a score. Kallis' ton allowed us to bat around him. To see Dale bowl that spell, to see Robin pick four wickets, it was just outstanding stuff, and we are all very proud."

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