Jacques Kallis will always remain Gautam Gambhir's go-to man in crisis. The 38-year-old South African, who has retired from Test cricket after the India series at home last year, remains a backbone in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad, admits coach Trevor Bayliss. KKR start against defending champions in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Saying that Kallis was the team's rock, Bayliss told www.iplt20.com: "Jacques is a great player and you write players like them off at your own risk. When people think they are down and out, that's when such players rise up to the occasion. He is still as strong as ever with the bat and ball, and I'd be surprised if he doesn't do well in this tournament."
To write off Kallis will only invite trouble. The ability of this former Cricketer of the Year and arguably one of the world's finest all-time best all-rounder was best seen when he struck a century, his 45th, in his last Test innings against India at Durban December-end. (Gambhir banks on bowlers to win matches for KKR)