ICC World Cup 2019: No Margin For Error Against India – Jacques Kallis
The upcoming game between Indian National Cricket Team and the South African team is going to be one of the most awaited clashes of the season for obvious reasons. The title favourites Indian team will be playing their first game while another solid team is on verge of losing their way in the tournament. Meanwhile, the former South African Jacques Kallis makes his voice on the scenario.
South Africa will be heading into the game on the back of two losses and one more loss would make their progress in the tournament a tough one. It would certainly push South Africa to head into the game with all their goods against the Indian team, who are playing their first game of the season.
South Africa, who were thrashed by England in the opening match, suffered their second successive loss in the World Cup, going down by 21 runs against Bangladesh on Sunday. Meanwhile, Jacques Kallis asks his side to pull their socks up against the Indian team.
Disappointing and frustrating – Jacques Kallis
Kallis feels that there would be nothing easy for South Africa against the Indian team. However, speaking of the positives, Jacques Kallis believes that the conditions would help South Africa, as they already played a couple of games.
“It’s disappointing and frustrating and there is lots of pressure on the next game, otherwise the tournament could be over before it’s really started for South Africa,” Kallis wrote in a column for the ICC. It doesn’t get any easier though against India but it’s their first game and our third, so maybe that could give us the edge we need,” Jacques Kallis said.
It is a very important clash for South Africa if they look at the points table. They need to win at least six games to qualify for the semifinals or five with a good run rate.
“They’ve not played for a week and maybe they’ll be some first game nerves, whereas we are settled. There will be no margin for error though. I think you’ll need six wins, maybe five with a really good run rate, to finish in the top four, so South Africa almost need to win every game they will play,” he added.
On Lungi Ngidi injury:
Meanwhile, their premium fast bowler Lungi Ngidi ruled out for the next 10 days in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The fast bowler walked off the field during the game against Bangladesh due to the hamstring injury.
“The injury to Lungi Ngidi certainly didn’t help Faf, he’s a world-class player and a big part of our attack. You’ve got to play Dale Steyn against India now, and hopefully he is close to fitness,” Kallis wrote.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for the South African team against India. Most probably, they would go with their full intent, as there is a lot at the stake.
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