Kallis With His Right Sporting Spirit

It may come as a surprise to most people that Janine Kallis, the sister of Jacques Kallis used to be a cheerleader once in the Indian Premier League. Well, Janine continued being a cheerleader when her brother played for the RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore). She was also the cheerleader for Chennai Super Kings in 2009, who were the champions in IPL winning maximum IPL titles. It may have been a bit odd for Kallis to get out of IPL as Janine celebrated the dismissal of her brother. But, the best part is that Kallis accepted the same in a positive spirit and said that he was quite impressed to see her sister cheering for cricketers. He also appreciated her dance skills.

Jacques Kallis has been an all-rounder who embraced cricket and played it spectacularly. Kallis recently offered his inputs to the KKR team in the Indian Premier League. In addition, Kallis played as a participant for the team Kolkata Knight Riders. Well, the biggest all rounder was brilliant in the success of his franchise, which took place in the past. The Kolkata Knight Riders achieved the IPL crown twice, once in 2012 and 2014 and the leadership was then under Gautam Gambhir. Besides, KKR team led the playoff stages in the 11th season of the competition under the leadership of Dinesh Karthik, the rookie skipper. As a result, the Kolkata Knight Riders won 8 matches in the league seasons. The team’s journey was made short by the runners-up who were none other than Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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Faf Du Plessis reckons Vernon Philander as another All-rounder

Faf Du Plessis reckons Vernon Philander is getting close to fulfilling the all-rounder’s slot in the South African XI which has been vacant since the departure of Jacques Kallis.

When Kallis was there, South Africa had the luxury of playing an extra batsman and only four specialist bowlers because Kallis would perform the role of the 5th bowler as well as anyone else.

But after he hung his boots, there was always a selection conundrum for the think tank because there was nobody in the squad who could contribute effectively with both bat and ball.

So either they had to go with an extra batsman which would increase the workload on the bowlers or with an extra bowler which would elongate the tail.

However Philander seems to be the solution of that conundrum as he is starting to emerge as a genuine all round option for the team now. Read More »


Kolkata Riders coach Jacques Kallis has confirmed that batsman Chris Lynn may not feature for the rest of the Indian Premier League for the year as his shoulder injury is serious.

The Australian star needs time to recover from the injury which would likely sideline him for the rest of the term.

“We are awaiting the results of the scans to Chris Lynn’s shoulder which he dislocated on the field. It is a notoriously difficult are of the body to heal, so these are nervous times. He will undoubtedly need a substantial period of rest, and may even miss the rest of the tournament, which would be desperately disappointing for him and our fans after seeing what he is capable of doing during the first two games,” the coach revealed. Read More »

Temba Bavuma not Worried about Playing Spot in Team

Temba Bavuma is not much worried about losing his middle order spot in the Proteas test XI to AB De Villiers whenever the latter decides to start playing in the whites again.

De Villiers is currently featuring only in coloured clothing for his country as he doesn’t want to exploit his body to the maximum straight after a big injury, but, his test comeback is not too far away either and at the moment, the man who seems to be the prime candidate to create the vacancy for him is Bavuma because of his pathetic form.

But, as per Bavuma, even if he had been making truckload of runs and still was dropped on the return of De Villiers, it would have been perfectly understandable. The legendary right hander can walk in just on the basis of his reputation and neither he nor nobody else can question that. Read More »


Dane Piedt recently was reported to have said he was “happy to play (county cricket) as a Kolpak.”

As such, as long as he was on a Kolpak contract, he would be debarred from representing South Africa in any match. This would make Piedt a rare thing: a player of colour seeking to further his career in another country.

That route has been taken more by the white players, and greeted by a chorus of criticism of the policies, those quota selection policies that aim at transforming the cricket game at all levels in South Africa.

Jacques Kallis, former South African all-rounder due to a tweet he had once posted, would have earned approval from that lobby, after Keaton Jennings, son of Ray Jennings wicket keeper, and a former captain of the under 19 South African team, moved to England four years ago, and went on to score 112 against India in his debut on Thursday at Mumbai. Read More »

Russell Domingo reckons one can’t point a finger at a non-white player in the South Africa

Russell Domingo reckons one can’t point a finger at a non-white player in the South Africa eleven at the moment and say that he would have been out had he not been a non-white.

In Domingo’s opinion, whichever non-white player is in the eleven, it’s because he has made a gradual progression to the international level playing and showing his worth in the lower circuit.

Domingo sarcastically remarks if he is told that the skin’s complexion is responsible for a bloke like Rabada to be holding his position in the eleven, he would seriously believe that the person making that statement would be under the influence of a weed or something because it’s only the talent which has got the youngster his national cap. The same applies to the likes of Amla and Duminy who also deserve their spots because of their performances over a number of seasons and aren’t there due to any non-Cricketing factor.

There is news that South Africa’s central government wants the national Cricket board to make sure that which whenever a South African eleven gets onto the park in future, be it in senior or Junior Cricket or in men’s or women’s category, a certain number of non-white players must feature in it. But, Domingo says a written order has not come to him with regard to that from his board. So, he would do his selections only on quality.

Domingo also refuses to agree that the Black Caps, having played the red ball Cricket earlier this month in Zimbabwe, are more prepared for the coming series than his side whose previous test appearance had come at the start of the year. As per Domingo, his boys have been active in the game in the other forms and so, are not out of rhythm.

Jacques Kallis believes South Africa can still bounce back

Jacques Kallis believes South Africa can still bounce back in the first test match against India despite having a terrible Day 2.

The South Africans were expected to go on and take a first innings lead, but, they lost their remaining 8 wickets cheaply to the Indian spinners and were bundled out for just 184.

According to Kallis, it would not be fair to criticize the touring side for that batting performance because the pitch was far from being ideal for batting. There are not too many players in the business at this point of time who would have found it easy to score runs on such a rank turner.

Kallis reckons one player who can make the match winning difference for South Africa from this stage is AB De Villiers. He is someone who has got the game for the pitches which turn square.

Kallis is also of the view that there is nothing wrong with the home sides making pitches to suit their style of play and the opposition just needs to adjust to those surfaces quickly. Read More »