Jacques Kallis Points Out The Prospects For KKR’s Captaincy
By CricShots - Feb 15, 2018 10:25 am
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South Africa’s legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis has figured out why the Proteas batsmen are struggling against Indian wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. He said that the Proteas are not facing bowlers like those in the domestic circuit at all.

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal snatched the game away from South Africa

India has taken an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match series with Chahal (14) and Yadav (16) accounting for 30 wickets between them. Describing the situation, as quoted in PTI, Kallis said, “It takes time to read good leg-break bowlers. We have to accept we don’t have enough world class leg-spinners in our country. So, this is a learning curve for the youngsters in our team. Even we went through the same phase and we learned with time.”

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For someone who faced Shane Warne and Anil Kumble, Kallis reckons there is no one perfect technique to counter leggies. He said, “Experience is the key. There are basically two ways to read leg-break bowling. Either you pick up from wrists or wait for the ball to pitch. No two batsmen would employ the same technique. As one plays more international cricket, he would know what works best for him. Everyone devise their own mechanism to get out of trouble.”

The ferocious all-rounder agreed with former teammate Graeme Smith that there is a lack of depth in the next batch of South African batsmen. He said, “Probably South Africa must have realized by now that they don’t have much depth when senior cricketers (AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis) get injured. They (CSA) need to look carefully about how they will expose youngsters to international cricket.”

Jacques Kallis

One of the finest all-rounders of his time, Kallis reckons that playing all the three formats takes its toll on a cricketer’s body in today’s era and hence there aren’t too many noteworthy all-rounders in the international circuit. He said, “The history of the game will tell you that there weren’t many all-rounders in the game ever. More so now, because of the amount of cricket that is being played.”

But whatever little he has seen of Hardik Pandya, Jacques  Kallis feels that the Hardik does have the potential to do consistently well in the international arena. He said, “He (Hardik) is still young and has got a lot to learn along the way. But yeah, he looks a good prospect.”

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Talking about his IPL franchise, Kallis said, “We have got an experienced side and our first XI, as of now, looks pretty settled. We have some very talented youngsters as back-ups. One positive thing about this year’s squad is that we have proper balance for home and away conditions.”

With no Gautam Gambhir this time, KKR will have a new captain. When asked about if there are any chances of Chris Lynn being the one, Jacques Kallis said, “Yes, he is probably one of the candidates but we haven’t yet decided about it. Maybe, we will get to know in the next couple of weeks.”