SA are not favourites for WC: Kallis
Former legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis reckons that his team Proteas won’t be clear-cut favourites to lift the World Cup in England and Wales later this year. For over a period of two decades, they have been tagged as chokers for their inability to compete and win games properly especially in the ICC events.
They have been knocked out of the global tournament at important stages, including 2015, 2007 and 1992’s semi-final defeats at the hands of New Zealand, Australia and England respectively.
In the year 1996 and 2011, they were knocked out by the West Indies and New Zealand in quarter-final and 1999’s tie with the Australians was not really enough to seal a berth in the final. Also, a group-stage exit to Sri Lanka in 2003 hurt them a lot.
“I think this year the World Cup will be more open. The sides have to play good in the key moments,” Kallis was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
I don’t think South Africa are favourites: Kallis
“I don’t think South Africa will be considered as a favourite, but sometimes when the pressure is less on you it can help. But you cannot write them off,” Kallis adds saying that there would be less pressure when the team is not considered as favourites for the competition.
“We probably go in as the least favourite that we have been. Sometimes it isn’t a bad thing,” he added.
At the same time, Kallis also believes Virat Kohli will not be under pressure at the World Cup. “I don’t think Kohli will be under pressure at the World Cup. He has produced the goods time and time again. He is a world-class player and the guys follow what he does. He is certainly one of the best in the world,” added Kallis.
“Kohli I believe can go as far as he wants to. He is a world class player. He is hungry. He works hard. He has proved that over the years. The main thing about him is that he keeps it simple. People enjoy watching him bat,” said Kallis, one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game.
When asked whether Kohli break Tendulkar’s record, Kallis replied, “Only Kohli can answer that. If he is fit enough and willing enough to go but nothing is out of reach for him.”