Fromer South African player Jacques Kallis pins down the lack of genuine all-rounders in the international game due to an overload of cricket across all formats.
“It is a tough question to answer, all-rounders don’t come around every day. There aren’t many throughout the history. Lot of things, amount of cricket that is played certainly plays a role,” Kallis told the Press Trust of India (PTI) during an exclusive interview.
Not a fan of ‘Impact Players’
The former Proteas captain is in India to play the Legends League Cricket.While he didn’t name Indian Premier League (IPL) but the former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach isn’t a great fan of ‘Impact Player’ rule where a team can change one player during its batting or bowling innings as per need.
“A few T20 competitions have substitutes (IPL) and I am not a big fan of that as it takes away the all-rounder out of your team. The teams that do not have good all-rounders are now playing with 12 men. I am not a huge fan of that.
“There are lot of little things that add up on to why there aren’t too many all-rounders at the moment, as it is surprising as they add so much value to the game. But it’s a whole lot of little things coming together,” Kallis said.
Not easy to beat Proteas in their own backyard
The Indian team would be embarking on a tough away tour of South Africa, the only major Test playing nation where it hasn’t won a single Test series in 31 years.
The focus will be on the two Test matches, which is a part of World Test Championship (WTC) cycle even as ODIs and T20s are part of the full tour. The stars from both sides (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada) will only be playing the traditional format during the series.
“This is a good Indian team but South Africa is tough to beat in South Africa. Centurion will probably suit South Africa and Newlands will probably suit India. It will be a good series and it will come down to one or two sessions that one team might play better than the other. It would be a closely-fought contest,” said Kallis.
(With PTI inputs)