Former South Africa player Jacques Kallis believes that South Africa can play “without any pressure” in the ICC World Cup. They didn’t have a good record in the mega event. They have won only one game out of the seven knockout matches in the World Cup since their debut in the tournament in 1992 and failed lost in the semi-final in the last edition. This year they will face the host, England in their series opener at the Oval. However, Kallis thinks that they could have won this series.
“The results they have over the last few years haven’t been as good as they would have liked maybe but this is a great place for them to be (not being talked about),” he said to the reporters at the tournament opening ceremony on Wednesday in London .
“Coming here without any pressure round their neck, they can play with freedom — South Africa are my dark horse side,” further added Kallis.
While talking about England, Kallis said, “It has been unbelievable — where they have come from four years ago to now is incredible. They come in as favourites and the guys all know their roles, but they have the pressure of being at home as well so that may hang round their neck.”
“It will be interesting to see how they (England) adapt if things don’t go their way — and that can always happen in a World Cup — how they react to that,” the former player later added.
South Africa and England will lock horns in the opening game of the World Cup on May 30.