India will miss Tendulkar’s experience, says Jacques Kallis

Image courtesy of: ABC

“Honestly speaking, it will feel quite strange playing against India at home without Sachin”

Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis has announced that India will miss legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s experience when they tour South Africa in December.

Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket after his 200th Test match, which came against the West Indies in his hometown on Mumbai.

“One of the many things that Sachin brought to the setup was experience of playing in the South African conditions,” Kallis told The Times of India. “In his absence, India would certainly miss that.”

Tendulkar scored two Test centuries the last time he toured South Africa, which was in 2010-11.

Kallis is currently seven hundreds shy of equalling Tendulkar’s record of 51 Test centuries, but the veteran all-rounder revealed that he had never thought of trying to best the ‘Little Master’.

“This is not on my mind and let me tell you, it’s certainly not something what drives me,” Kallis said.

Kallis, who is making his international comeback after 20 months, acknowledged the fact that India are an extremely dangerous team and have the ability to give South Africa a real run for their money.

“I am sure that Sachin will be the first one to say that the game is always bigger than any individual,” Kallis added. “I firmly believe that the game will continue to be glamorous with new gladiators in the ring.”

The 38-year-old also wished Tendulkar all the best in the future.

“Sachin has had a great and long innings in the game,” he said. “But I suppose this (retirement) is part of life, unfortunately. We will miss him a lot. Honestly speaking, it will feel quite strange playing against India at home without Sachin.”

Leave a Reply