Jacques Kallis not among probables for ICC T20 World Cup; Has Cricket South Africa missed a trick?

Jacques Kallis, who has scored 2,276 runs and picked 61 wickets in 90 matches across six seasons in the Indian Premier League, has not been named among 30-man probables for the ICC World T20 2014. Kallis has vast experience and is better-equipped in sub-continent conditions than a majority of the players named by the selectors.

updated: December 27, 2013 17:28 IST
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Adding to the list of high-profile retirements this year, South Africa's Jacques Kallis called time on his illustrious Test career in a bid to extend his time in coloured kits and remain fit for the ICC World Cup 2015. The effortless manner in which he has adapted to the supposed 'young man's format' of T20 in the Indian Premier League is perhaps good enough to give him a final crack at the format. Cricket South Africa, however, thought otherwise when it left him out of the probables for the ICC World T20 2014 scheduled in Bangladesh in March. The Proteas seem to have missed a trick.(Jacques Kallis to retire after Durban Test against India)

South Africa's performance across formats has been a mixed bag. While their dominance in Tests in the recent past is unparalleled, they haven't quite been able to replicate that in the shorter formats of the game. Talk of major ICC events, and they have always fallen short, buckling under pressure on more than one occasion. That is where, maybe, the experience of a seasoned campaigner like Kallis would have helped. (A fitting finale awaits Kallis)

While South Africa have found an exceptionally talented opener in Quinton de Kock, who set the world alight with his performances during the ODI series against India, he is still taking baby steps at the international level. In sub-continent conditions, De Kock might find it tougher to perform in full flow.

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