Quinton de Kock Is Ready To Take South Africa’s Captaincy
South African cricket team is under transition period. The new team is without their experienced player and is playing with new youngsters. In the last two years, veterans players like AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla etc. have retired from the game. The proteas are currently building the team which can bring back stability in the team. South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock recently talked about the current situation of the team to ESPNCricinfo.
Quinton de Kock is ready to lead the team:
The wicketkeeper-batsman was handed over the captaincy in the T20I series during the last India tour. Under his captaincy, the three-match T20I series was drawn by 1-1. Now, the question arises is that will the player lead the team in next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia or Faf du Plessis will be given the command.
Quinton de Kock said that the next year’s big assignment will be probably handed over to Faf du Plessis. But de Kock expressed that if the teams select him to head the team, he is always ready to grab the opportunity.
“The way I see it is that I was just a replacement. That’s the way I took it. For now, it’s still Faf’s baby. But maybe if things change and if they do want me to do it, then I will do it,” de Kock was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Faf du Plessis was given rest in the T20I series against India which gave the chance to de Kock to lead the team. Quinton de Kock was good with his bat as he scored 52 and 79* in the second and third T20I against India respectively.
“For the moment, I am not looking too far ahead. I am just trying to look at how I can help out the youngsters, the new guys in the T20 team, just getting better and getting ready for the T20 World Cup next year. But if that (captaincy) does come upon me, then I will try to grab it with both hands,” he said.
South Africa’s Transition period:
With the big players taking retirement, the South African team is finding new talent which can give them the trophy in next year’s T20 World Cup. During the Test series in India tour, the Proteas was beaten badly in all the departments in the Indian field. The batters failed themselves to set in the field and the bowlers were unable to understand the pitch.
Quinton de Kock said that they can take inspiration from the England team which successfully went under the transition period and won the Cricket World Cup this year.
“We are not the first team that has gone through a transition. England did it after their last World Cup and look at them. Four years later, they ended up winning the thing,” de Kock said.
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