Kallis backs Shubman, Mavi for successful careers

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NEW DELHI: Jacques Kallis, the retired allrounder turned head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, believes that two members of the successful Indian Under-19 team that won the junior World Cup this year can have lengthy international careers.

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As coach of KKR, Kallis has studied batsman Shubman Gill and pace bowler Shivam Mavi from close quarter, and what he has seen has left him very impressed. Gill, 18, was the leading run-getter of the U-19 World Cup with four successive 50-plus scores in the tournament, including a match-winning century in the semi-final versus Pakistan. Ravi, 19, took nine wickets with a superb economy rate of 4.12 while impressing with his pace.

The pair was subsequently purchased by KKR for Rs 1.8 crore and Rs 3 crore respectively.

“Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi have bags of talent and I would be very surprised if they don’t both have lengthy and illustrious professional careers. Obviously Gill has been a top-order batsman in every team he has played in but if his opportunity, for the moment, lies at six or seven then I’m sure he has the talent and temperament to be successful there,” wrote Kallis in his column for TOI. “Mavi has plenty of pace which is very exciting and, although his opportunity was limited against the Sunrisers I see plenty more overs from him in the future.”

Two-time IPL champions KKR currently sit at fifth on the IPL 2018 points table with one win and two losses in a row. Their second defeat was a narrow one against table-topper Sunrisers Hyderabad, in which Kallis took solace from the way in which the franchise fought when defending just 138.

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