Not enough experience to tackle quality wrist spin: Kallis

NEW DELHI: South Africa's biggest allrounder Jacques Kallis has found out why his country's batsmen are struggling against Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav - the Proteas don't seem to be facing bowlers like the ones in the domestic circuit at all.

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India have taken an unassailable Four-1 lead in the six-match series with Chahal (14) and Yadav (16) accounting for 30 wickets between them. "It takes time to read good leg-break bowlers. We have to accept we don't have enough world class legspinners in our country. So, this is a learning curve for the youngsters in our team," Kallis stated in an interview.

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"Even we went through the same phase and we learnt with time," stated the person who scored more than 25,000 runs in global cricket.

For anyone who confronted Shane Warne and Anil Kumble at their prime with honest degree of good fortune, Kallis feels there is no one best possible way to counter legspinners.

"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," he defined. "As one plays more international cricket, he would know what works best for him. Everyone forms their own mechanism to get out of trouble," he stated.

Kallis agreed with former teammate and skipper Graeme Smith that there is a loss of depth in the subsequent batch of South African batsmen. "Probably South Africa must have realised by now that they don't have much depth when senior cricketers (AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis) get injured," he stated. "They (CSA) need to look carefully about how they will expose youngsters to international cricket."

One of the finest allrounders of his time, Kallis feels that taking part in three formats takes its toll on a modern cricketer's body and therefore there don't seem to be too many noteworthy allrounders in the global circuit.

"The history of the game will tell you that there weren't many allrounders in the game ever. More so now, because of the amount of cricket that is being played," he noticed.

But no matter little he has observed of Hardik Pandya, Kallis feels that the Indian does have the possible to do consistently neatly in the global enviornment.


"He (Hardik) is still young and has got a lot to learn along the way. But yeah, he looks a good prospect."


Kallis shall be back in India in a month's time as the executive trainer of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and is proud of the stability of that facet. "We have got an experienced side and our first XI, as of now, looks pretty settled," Kallis stated about KKR's squad composition.


He appeared eager about the possibility of having a skilled bunch in India's under-19 World Cup stars Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi in the KKR squad. "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," Kallis stated.


With no Gautam Gambhir this time, KKR will have a new captain. Could or not it's the prolific Chris Lynn? Kallis saved his playing cards with regards to his chest. "Yes, he is one of the candidates but we haven't yet decided about it. Maybe, we will get to know in the next couple of weeks," he signed off.
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