Former South African cricketer Jacques Kallis made a bold claim ahead of the Test series between India and South Africa. He believes that if Rohit Sharma-led side have to win the series then Virat Kohli will need to have a good series.
India will be taking on South Africa in the two-match Test series, starting 26th December. They haven’t won a series on South African soil and it’ll be a great opportunity for them to create history, especially with the talent they have in the team.
Going into the series, the spotlight will be on Virat Kohli and it’s fair to say that he’ll be the most crucial player for the Indian team. The batter will hold the key to the team’s success in the two games and it’s fair to say if he shines, he can help his side achieve history.
Virat Kohli also possesses a great record in Tests in South Africa. In the 14 innings that he has played on Proteas soil, the batter had scored 719 runs at an average of 51.36. The batter also has scored two hundreds and three fifties as well.
Jacques Kallis hailed Virat Kohli as a massive player and highlighted his success in South African conditions. He also added that his experience will also help younger players to manage the conditions. Speaking to Star Sports, he explained:
“He’s a massive player, no matter where it is. Having played here quite a bit and had a fair amount of success. He’ll be able to pass that knowledge on to the other guys, especially the younger guys and give them ideas on how to manage these conditions and then what to expect.”
If they are to win here, he will have to have a good series – Jacques Kallis on Virat Kohli
Jacques Kallis added that Virat Kohli would be eager to have a big series in South Africa. He believes that senior batter will play a major role in helping India in the Tests. He added:
“I am sure he will want to have a big series here in South Africa. He has been in good form. I think he will play a major role in helping India. If they are to win here, he will have to have a good series.”
Virat Kohli has been rested from the white-ball leg of the South African tour. He will soon be joining the team for the Test series.