South African cricket coach Jacques Kallis believes that for India to clinch their first-ever Test series victory in South Africa, Virat Kohli will be the crucial player.
In the ICC World Cup 2023, Kohli produced a series of record-breaking performances, securing his place in cricket history. With an unparalleled 765 runs in 11 innings, Kohli established a new record for the highest run tally in a single World Cup edition.
His batting average reached an impressive 95.62, coupled with a strike rate of 90.3. The tournament showcased Kohli’s batting brilliance, marked by three centuries and six half-centuries. Notably, his crucial 54-run innings in the final against Australia in Ahmedabad played a pivotal role. With this Virat surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record set in the 2003 World Cup. Despite India falling short of winning the trophy, Kohli’s consistently outstanding performances earned him the “Player of the Tournament” title. Additionally, he notched up his historic 50th ODI century, surpassing yet another record previously held by Tendulkar.
As the series approaches, all eyes will be on Virat Kohli, making him the focal point for the Indian team. The batter’s performance will be pivotal to the team’s success in the upcoming two games, and if he delivers a standout performance, he could play a crucial role in helping his side create history.
Virat Kohli boasts an impressive Test record in South Africa, having accumulated 719 runs in 14 innings at an average of 51.36. During his time on Proteas soil, the batter has notched up two centuries and three half-centuries.
Jacques Kallis Feels Virat Kohli Will Play A Crucial Role Against SA
Jacques Kallis praised Virat Kohli as a significant player, emphasizing his success in South African conditions. Kallis also noted that Kohli’s experience would be valuable in guiding younger players to navigate the challenging conditions. In an interview with Star Sports, he said:
“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.”
Furthermore, Jacques Kallis expressed that Virat Kohli is likely keen to have a significant series in South Africa, emphasizing the senior batter’s potential role in guiding India through 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 given a break for the white-ball segment of the South African tour. He is all set to rejoin the team for the Test series.