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Kallis knows why Proteas floundering against Indian wrist spin magic

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

South Africa's greatest has figured out why his country's batsmen are struggling against Indian wrist-spinners and Kuldeep Yadav -- the Proteas are not facing bowlers like those in the domestic circuit at all.

have taken an unassailable 4-1 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 leg-spinners in our country. So, this is a learning curve for the youngsters in our team," Kallis told in an interview.

"Even we went through the same phase and we learnt with time," said the man who scored more than 25,000 runs in international

For someone, who faced and at their prime with fair degree of success during, Kallis feels there is no one perfect technique to counter leggies.

"Experience is the key. There are basically two ways to read leg-break Either you pick up from wrists or wait for the ball to pitch. No two batsmen would employ the same technique," he explained.

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

He agreed with former teammate and that there is a lack of depth in the next batch of South African batsmen.

"Probably 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 opined.

"They (CSA) need to look carefully about how they will expose youngsters to international "


One of the finest all-rounders of his time, Kallis feels that playing three formats takes its toll on a modern cricketer's body and hence there aren't too many noteworthy all-rounders in the international circuit.

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

But whatever little he has seen of Hardik Pandya, Kallis feels that the Indian does have the potential to do consistently well in the international arena.

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

Kallis will be back in in a month's time as the of franchise the Kolkata Knight Riders and is happy with the balance of that side.

"We have got an experienced side and our first XI, as of now, looks pretty settled," Kallis said about squad composition.

He seemed excited about the prospect of having a talented bunch in India's under-19 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 said.

With no this time, KKR will have a new Could it be the prolific Kallis kept his cards close to his chest.

"Yes, he is probably one of the candidates but we haven't yet decided about it. May be, we will get to know in the next couple of weeks," he signed off.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 11:55 IST
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