Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock (Credits: Twitter)

Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s ace wicket-keeper batter announced his sudden retirement from Test cricket after his team lost the first match against India, after which the news sent shock waves around the world.

Under transition, South Africa had banked on the 29-year-old to lend stability to the side and guide the youngsters, but his decision has put the Dean Elgar-led side in a spot of bother.

Quinton de Kock (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)
Quinton de Kock (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)

Quinton de Kock’s Sudden Test Retirement Shocked Dean Elgar

While acknowledging that the news came as a shock, Dean Elgar insisted that the team would take the setback in its stride and strive hard to level the series against India.

“Initially, I was pretty shocked. But sitting down with Quiney (Quinton de Kock), he explained his reasons. I respect and fully understand his decision. I don’t think there will be any hangover on the players about his retirement,’’ said Elgar ahead of the second Test.

Dean Elgar file photo (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)
Dean Elgar file photo (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Quinton de Kock had more than 3000 runs to his credit in the longest format of the game. He had the ability to accelerate as per the situation, especially while playing along with the lower-order. His absence will be sorely felt by the South Africans.

“The responsibility for us is to carry and conduct ourselves as international players. We still have to be professional around this. Players respect the environment. We realise that we had a few setbacks in recent times and we need to obviously be clever around it and get over it. I don’t see this (retirement) affecting the players,’’ insisted the Proteas skipper.

Over the last few years, many players have quit playing Tests to prolong their international careers. Some have quit international cricket to play in the various T20 leagues around the world.

When asked if De Kock’s decision will have an impact on the longest format, Elgar dismissed the possibility of it before adding, “his reasons are his reasons and it’s his choice to retire. The game moves on when guys retire. One thing I’ve realized, the game doesn’t stop for you, we have to get over it quickly and respect the position Quiney is in.”

At just 29 years of age and having played 54 Tests, Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from the traditional format at the end of the opening Test against India, which the Proteas lost by 113 runs at SuperSport Park.

Quinton de Kock’s retirement means South Africa will have a new wicket-keeper in their playing XI in the last two games of the ongoing Test series against India. The Proteas have Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton as the other two wicket-keeping options in the squad.

Dean Elgar Is A Fan Of Frontline Spinner Keshav Maharaj

While spinners did not have much to do in the first Test, Dean Elgar backed Keshav Maharaj to come good in the rest of the series.

“I am a fan of a frontline spin bowler and Keshav put up his hand, he has played domestic game and Test series against Australia. I think he will retain his spot, he didn’t have a horrible game,” said Elgar.

Keshav Maharaj of South Africa(AFP)
Keshav Maharaj of South Africa(AFP)

“Sometimes, you go for horses for courses, but Keshav adapts to conditions. He is a smart and capable cricketer and his record speaks for himself. I feel left-arm spinners bowling to 10 right-handed batters in India is something we would like to utilise. From a stability point of view, he still has an extremely big role to play in this Test series.”

India lost three wickets, including two off successive balls, before reaching 53 for three at lunch on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa on Monday.  Stand-in captain KL Rahul (19), who is leading India in the absence of injured Virat Kohli, was at the crease along with Hanuma Vihari (4).  Pacer Duanne Olivier rocked India with two quick wickets.

KL Rahul informed Virat Kohli has an upper-back spasm and thus misses out on the Test. Hanuma Vihari replaces Virat Kohli in the XI. South Africa also had made two changes, one forced with Kyle Verreynne taking the gloves in place of the retired Quinton de Kock, while Duanne Olivier replaced Wiaan Mulder.