Virat Kohli and Co went into the history books as the first team to win a series in the Rainbow Nation. However, former South African veteran allrounder Jacques Kallis urged that Kohli needs to ‘tone down a bit’ as a leader.
Meanwhile, he added that aggression works well for Indian cricket team captain and in particular Virat Kohli’s individual game.
Kohli, who received harsh criticism as India lost the first two Tests while throwing away the game at crunch situations. Since then, India has played as per potential and the results fell in their way.
Kohli needs to tone down a bit:
The veteran cricketer Kallis believes Kohli’s aggressive attitude works well for him. However, as a team, he needs to look at it.
“He has been aggressive and I think it works for his game. But it maybe an area he needs to look at… the way it works for him he has got to see if it works for his team. It might be an area to tone it down a little bit. It certainly brings out the best in him and I think he should not change too much for him. He bats well when he is aggressive within himself,” Kallis said.
“As a leader sometimes you cannot always be as aggressive as he is, that is an area he will work on, he is still young in his captaincy. I am sure he will chill out a little more as he gets a little bit older. But he is obviously very passionate and that is nice to see,” Kallis added.
Jacques Kallis says India must improve away record:
Kallis said that the Kohli-led Indian must try and improve their away record. Also, he agreed that the recent Test series was one of the most intense contests he has witnessed.
“One area India probably try and want to improve their record on is their away record especially on wickets that carry a little more than they are used to. But it seems they are making their strides and getting better at it. I am sure they would have learned a lot playing in South Africa,” Kallis asserted.
Leg-spinners adds something extra:
Kallis said he believes wrist-spinners will play a big role in the upcoming World Cup which is scheduled in England and Wales in 2019.
“Having a leg-spinner or mystery spinner is really important. That adds something little extra (to the bowling attack). They (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) have done well, put South Africa under pressure. I think wrist spinners are going to play a role,” the all-rounder added.
South Africa needs more depth:
According to Kallis, the Proteas needs some more depth. Especially when key players are ruled out with injuries.
Also, he feels this problem needs to settle ahead of the World Cup.
“I think South Africa have realized that we need a bit more depth, (especially) when we get a few injuries. Not a bad thing, it can expose some of the youngsters to international cricket and hope that they learn a lot from that,” Kallis explained.
Looking forward to IPL:
Meanwhile, Kallis will continue his association with Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming IPL. He feels all the teams are well balanced after the auction.
“Yeah, looking forward to the IPL. It was an interesting auction and most of the sides are well balanced. The way the auction works, the money… it makes all the teams pretty even,” Kallis concluded.
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