Former South Africa cricketer Jacques Kallis is inarguably one of the best all-rounders to ever grace the sport of cricket. The 42-year-old Cape Town born had appeared in his debut cricket match back in 1994, and had set in motion a legendary cricketing era, until he retired a few years back in 2014. Kallis spoke about the Indian cricket team, in an interview to Mirror, about how Virat Kohli has grown to be the captain of the great Team India.
Jacques Kallis spoke about how Virat Kohli has worked on to mature his cricket skills, and how the Indian Premier League (IPL) has contributed to the moulding of the India captain. He said in the interview,
“He has progressed magnificently and that was one of the benefits of the IPL. A lot of Indian youngsters get to play with big and world class players and are benefiting from that too. In the case of Virat Kohli, the IPL may not be the only reason for his development but the development may have happened faster for him. That is great to see, a youngster’s evolution.”
Speaking about the world-class batsmen, who have earned the reputation by nurturing their natural ability to perform in all conditions, Jacques Kallis said, that Virat Kohli was surely one of the greats. He said,
“The records show for themselves. He has obviously got the record to prove that at home. But yes, he is the one who looks capable of playing away from home pretty decently.”
Jacques Kallis said that apart from being a great cricketer, Virat Kohli was learning to be a great captain too. He elaborated and said,
“I think he is responding to the job pretty well. Obviously he is still learning but the captaincy is about getting the best out of the team. If you can get the team to play for you, that’s half the battle won.”
India will soon tour England and Australia
Usually, defeating opponent cricket teams in their homeland is considered a formidable challenge, and Jacques Kallis was a cricketer of such talent that he is renowned for having defeated the top cricketing nations such as Australia and England, on their home grounds.
Jacques Kallis, who has also impressed in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) previously, and will be coaching the franchises in the upcoming IPL 2018 season, spoke about India’s upcoming tours of England and Australia and said,
“They (India) will be playing on wickets that bounce a lot more than what they are used to back home. It’s an area they need to work on. They need to play on similar wickets at home as well and keep the same group of players. It will not be a bad idea if they can have some bouncy wickets for the IPL. It is difficult to have such wickets everywhere but it will not be a bad idea. Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab play in grounds where there is carry and bounce.”
On India facing challenge in South Africa
“South Africa in South Africa were always going to be very difficult to beat. And one area where India need to improve is playing well outside of the sub-continent. I think they are going in the right direction.”
Jacques Kallis after retirement
Speaking about how his life has been after retirement from international cricket, Jacques Kallis said,
“It’s been some time since I left cricket though not totally out of it. I am coaching teams (KKR) in the IPL and the CPL and so I’m certainly not missing being in action, not at all.”