• 'Switch hit should be banned'

    South Africa's ODI and T20 captain also feels that the switch-hit shouldn’t be allowed.


    By Lokendra Pratap Sahi


    Calcutta (The Telegraph): AB de Villiers, who has been fantastic in the last couple of years and has been rewarded with South Africa’s ODI and T20 captaincy, spoke to The Telegraph at the ITC Sonar on Saturday morning.

    AB’s debut was in 2004-05 and, eight seasons on, he’s averaging a superb 49.16 in Tests and exactly 49.00 in ODIs. Plus, count on him behind the stumps.

    The following are excerpts:

    Do you see yourself as an all-rounder?


    A I guess, yes. There aren’t a lot of other guys in the South African team who can bat/bowl and wear the big gloves... You certainly won’t find Jacques (Kallis) standing behind the wickets. If he does, be ready for 40-50 extras! You need a specialist and if he bats in the top four-five, then he’s an all-rounder.

    Kallis, for one, believes that on current form across the three formats, you’re the world’s No.1 batsman. Do you take it as a huge compliment?

    It’s an amazing compliment... I’ve looked up to Jacques all my life and he’s helped Read More »from 'Switch hit should be banned'
  • 'You won't see me in our parliament'

    The South African great speaks about Tendulkar, politics and pressures of the game.


    Calcutta: Jacques Kallis, clearly one of the greats of the present times, spoke to The Telegraph on Friday evening. Kallis, 36, is the numero uno star in the Kolkata Knight Riders’s line-up. The following are excerpts:

    Q: Sachin Tendulkar has been recommended as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. Could we, at some point, see you in South Africa’s Parliament?

    Kallis: (Laughs) No... No... Politics isn’t for me, definitely not.

    But that had been Sachin’s stand too...

    Perhaps, but you won’t find me sitting in our Parliament.

    What was your reaction when you heard that Sachin would soon become a Member of Parliament?

    I found it interesting... We need a life after cricket and, obviously, Sachin must be having an interest (in politics). Good luck to him.

    Is it necessary for achievers outside politics to actually enter the political arena to do something more?

    Each individual knows where his interest lies and what his strengths are. So, it’s up to the individuals concerned. As I’ve said, cricketers

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  • 'Surprised Rahane not playing more for India'

    The former Pakistan captain feels Delhi Daredevils are the team to beat in IPL-5.




    By Lokendra Pratap Sahi



    Calcutta (The Telegraph):
    Ramiz Raja, a former Pakistan captain, who is on the commentators’ panel in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), spoke to The Telegraph over the phone from Jaipur on Monday afternoon.

    The following are excerpts:

    Q We’re approaching the end of the third week. What are your thoughts on IPL-V?

    A There have been quite a few close finishes and the cricket has been eye-catching once again… The fun has been there and it’s tight at the top and in the middle of the table... The one change from the earlier editions, in my view, is that the brightest South African talent is on view. The first couple of editions had seen some of India’s talent getting exposure. This time, the South Africans are making the headlines across franchises.

    Who would be your top five players (in random order) so far?

    CHRIS GAYLE (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Chris is a complete entertainer and an absolute match-winner. Clearly, that’s a tremendous combination for one

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