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Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images

Quinton de Kock Will Have A Point To Prove In The ODI Series Against India – Temba Bavuma

South Africa white-ball skipper Temba Bavuma has welcomed Quinton de Kock back into the squad. Notable that Quinton de Kock announced a sudden retirement from Test cricket last month as the wicketkeeper was going for paternity leave after playing the first test against India at Centurion.

Quinton de Kock played 54 Tests and scored 3300 runs with 6 hundreds and he also had 232 dismissals as wicketkeeper.

Quinton de Kock Will Have A Point To Prove In The ODI Series Against India - Temba Bavuma 1
Quinton de Kock  (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)

Quinton de Kock announced retirement from Test cricket at the age of 29

“It is good to see Quinny again. We obviously miss him in the Test team. He has made his decision (to quit) and it is a decision that we respect. Having Quinny again within team is good. Knowing Quinny, he will have a point to prove,” Bavuma said

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Temba Bavuma (file photo)

“I am sure he is also as excited as we are, to be in the team,” added Bavuma in response to a question on how was it like to have de Kock back in the team after the drama surrounding his retirement from Tests in the middle of the series against India,” he added.

Quinton de Kock is a key member of South Africa’s white-ball set-up. He has already scored 16 hundreds in 124 ODI matches. In his last ODI, he scored a hundred against Ireland in July. Before that, he played a match-winning hand 80(86) against Pakistan at Johannesburg.

Bavuma also emphasized the fact to play spin to succeed against India. Notable that India beat the hosts by 5-1 in the last ODI series in 2018.

“Preparation has been happening for the past year actually. The positive result the guys displayed in Sri Lanka during the series there last year. You must have seen in the T20 WC as well. Coming up against India, spin bowling is a strength of them, we will try to prepare as well as we can to mitigate that,” Bavuma stated.

Bavuma believes that South Africa will carry the confidence of test series win. South Africa beat the visitors by 2-1 in the match series as India were chasing their series win after a 1-0 lead at Centurion.

“Yeah, look the Test series went well for the team and me. I think the feet seemed to move well. I would like to carry on with the same feeling. To be honest I have been doing the same things. Maybe it is just a period of good form for me. At the moment, my feet are moving quite well and I am hitting the ball quite well,” he concluded.

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South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
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Ali Bacher Reckons Test Series Win Against India Is One Of The Gutsiest Ever Performances By A South African Team

Ali Bacher reckons the series win against India was one of the gutsiest ever performances by a South African team, considering before the series started, very few would have put their money on the home team winning the series.

Ali Bacher, the former South African captain, saw the first two Test matches at the Centurion and the Wanderers, Johannesburg, and the third at Newlands, Cape Town from his home at Johannesburg.

Ali Bacher Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Ali Bacher Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Ali Bacher: Series Win Against India One Of The Gutsiest Ever Performances By A South African Team

India lost the series 2-1 after winning the opening Test in Centurion. What followed was the stepping down of Virat Kohli as India’s Test captain and several doubts as to what might have led him to do that. Virat Kohli still remains an important part of the Indian team across formats for the next four to five years.

“I have never seen a three-Test series in South Africa when the ball has deviated so much. All three pitches were the batsmen’s nightmare and the fast bowlers’ paradise. I have never seen a more gutsy and determined South African team. They have made the country proud,” said Ali Bacher.

“India came to South Africa after beating Australia twice in Australia and England in England once, and with four good fast bowlers. I think, before the series started, very few South Africans would have put their money on the home team winning the series. In these circumstances, this has been one of the gutsiest ever performances by a South African team.”

“Man-for-man this South African team, the batters in particular, cannot compare with the likes of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers. Yet this inexperienced South African batter showed guts and determination that I have never seen before from any South African team in the past.”

Ali Backer also had a word of praise for the South African batsmen in the series. He said that they were without their experienced batsmen like AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis, Graeme Smith, and Jacques Kallis but still showed great guts and determination which he did not see before from any South African side.

“All the three pitches — the Centurion, The Wanderers and Newlands — aided the fast bowlers. There was a lot of rain at the Centurion and Johannesburg. So I understand that the pitches there aided the fast bowlers. I don’t know why the pitch became difficult for batting at Cape Town. Batting was difficult on all three pitches.”

Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images
Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images

“The hero of South Africa’s batting performance was Keegan Petersen. His technique is superb, his head is over the ball all the time.To me, he is the find of the series for South Africa and man of the series. He appeared like he has played for ten years and scored thousands of Test runs,” said Ali Bacher.

“South African cricket off the field has been in turmoil on the administrative side. But the team showed extraordinary guts and determination facing one of the best fast bowling groups in the world, and on different pitches that aided fast bowling. This must rank as South Africa’s one of the best Test series win,” said Ali Bacher.

“Nortje is quick, and he bowls at around 150 kmph. He is a very good bowler, and it was a big blow that he was ruled out before the start of the series. He was a big loss. And Quinton (de Kock); retired from Test cricket after Centurion. So South Africa had a great Test series without two of its key players. I cannot praise this team any less,” said Ali Bacher.

Keegan Petersen, who has played only 5 Tests was deservingly the Man of the Match for the 3rd Test with scores of 72 and 82. He was Man of the Series too for being the top scorer with 276 runs. 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 and didn’t feature in the last 2 Tests.

The 28-year-old Anrich Nortje had been in good form in Tests this year, picking up 25 wickets in five matches at an average of 20.76 and a respectable economy rate of 3.30. He missed Proteas three-match Test series against India after failing to recover from “a persistent injury”.

Ali Bacher: Indian Pacers Were Unlucky At Newlands, Cape Town

Ali Bacher said that the Indian bowlers were unfortunate not to extract the maximum benefit from the pitches. Ali Bacher said that all three pitches favoured the pacers but he was surprised to see the uneven bounce in the Cape Town track. He also acknowledged the fact that batting was difficult on all the tracks. India’s first innings score of 327 in Centurion remained the highest score in the series.

“On Friday (Jan 14) India’s fast bowlers were unlucky at Newlands. They were outstanding. So many times they beat the bat by half an inch, a quarter of an inch. Those half inches or quarter-inch misses would have probably taken the outside edge. To be honest, fortune was on South Africa’s side on the fourth day morning. India’s bowlers were superb,” said Ali Bacher.

“Look, all the three pitches this time were very unlike normal South African pitches. They favoured the fast bowlers, in deviation of the seam, particularly in Johannesburg. Even in Cape Town. It was a batsmen’s nightmare this time in South Africa. There was always movement of the seam and variable bounce,” said Ali Bacher.

Keshav Maharaj prepares to send one down AFP
Keshav Maharaj prepares to send one down AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up just three wickets in the series. His rival spinning partner Keshav Maharaj picked just one wicket to show for his efforts. The former South African spinner said that he was surprised by how little the spinners bowled in the series. Ali Bacher also praised Rishabh Pant who scored his 4th Test ton.

“Rishabh’s century was a special one. It was a pleasure to watch him bat; the left-hander is a special talent. Ashwin hardly bowled. I have never seen a Test series in South Africa when the spinners had had such little impact. The two spinners hardly bowled,” said Ali Bacher On Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin

Both teams now will play a three-match ODI series between January 19-23. The first two games (January 19, 21) will be played in Paarl while the third and final game will be played in Cape Town.

South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
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The 2021/22 Test Series Loss To Proteas Will Hurt Experienced India Badly: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra feels Team India’s recent Test series loss to hosts South Africa will hurt badly, as the visitors were a much superior side to the hosts.

India started the series against the Proteas on a positive note, registering a convincing win in the Boxing Day Test. However, they were handed comprehensive defeats in Johannesburg and Cape Town, failing to defend over 200-run targets. That put paid to their hopes of registering a maiden Test series win in South Africa.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Praised Young South African Side For Upsetting Experienced Favourites Indian Team

Reflecting on the series loss, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that the Virat Kohli-led side would be a disappointed lot.

“If you do a man-to-man marking with the opposing team, India was a much superior team. You won all the tosses; you allow more than 200 runs to be chased in the fourth innings, that too easily. It means this loss is going to pinch.”

While acknowledging that the 2018 series loss had also hurt, the cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that the two sides were almost at par on that occasion.

Aakash Chopra elaborated: “We won the first Test, conquered the Centurion fort, but after that loss at the Wanderers, (we) have now lost in Cape Town. The 2018 loss had hurt, but that was a contest between two evenly matched sides. Batting had let us down there also.”

India cricket team. Credits: BCCI
India cricket team. Credits: BCCI

The loss against South Africa is certainly a huge blow to Team India. They were the overwhelming favourites coming into the series after their exploits in Australia and England but were found wanting on South African shores. Aakash Chopra added that it is rare that Team India goes into an overseas series in unfamiliar conditions as the favourites.

He observed in this regard while praising South Africa: “South Africa will have to be praised because it is a young side. It is a team against whom when you started playing, you felt that you start as favourites. When has it happened last time that you have gone to South Africa, England or Australia, where you said that you are the favourites to win, it happens very rarely.”

South Africa has won the decisive third Test and claimed the three-match series 2-1 against India at the Newlands in Cape Town. Keegan Petersen top-scored for South Africa with his 82-run knock and he was brilliant with his technique against the Indian bowling attack. Rassie van der Dussen also played good innings with Keegan Petersen first and then Temba Bavuma to guide South Africa to victory.

Aakash Chopra Praised Proteas For Winning Without Injured Anrich Nortje And Quinton De Kock Who Announced Test Retirement After 1st Test

The 44-year-old spoke highly of the Proteas pulling off a win despite the absence of many experienced players. 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 and didn’t feature in the last 2 Tests.

The 28-year-old Anrich Nortje had been in good form in Tests this year, picking up 25 wickets in five matches at an average of 20.76 and a respectable economy rate of 3.30. He missed Proteas three-match Test series against India after failing to recover from “a persistent injury”.

Aakash Chopra explained: “But that was the case here because Anrich Nortje was not there; Quinton de Kock announces his retirement; it is a very young side where Keegan Petersen has played just two Tests before this, Rassie van der Dussen had not scored too many runs; Markram was already in and out. Your team looked much superior in batting, but it did not happen like that.”

Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)
Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)

Aakash Chopra was particularly effusive in his praise for Keegan Petersen and Marco Jansen.

South Africa 210 (Petersen 72, Bumrah 5-42) and 212 for 3 (Petersen 82, van der Dussen 41*, Bavuma 32*) beat India 223 (Kohli 79, Pujara 43, Rabada 4-73, Jansen 3-55) and 198 (Pant 100*, Kohli 29, Jansen 4-36, Ngidi 3-21, Rabada 3-53) by seven wickets

South Africa Cricket Team (Image Credit: Twitter)
South Africa Cricket Team (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Pakistan Cricket Dealt A Blow As Cricket South Africa Refused To Send Its Cricketers To Play In PSL 2022

Pakistan cricket has been dealt a huge blow as Cricket South Africa (CSA) has refused to send the Proteas players to participate in HBL PSL 7 due to domestic series commitment. Due to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation, franchises were allowed to pick two additional players to their already existing 18-man squad.

Several of the Proteas players were supposed to be included in the mini-draft as franchises were allowed to select one foreign player from the additional two players. Franchises were eagerly awaiting the HBL PSL mini-draft as the likes of South African players David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen were all initially listed to choose from.

David Miller Image Credits: RR Twitter
David Miller Image Credits: RR Twitter

Pakistan Super League Franchises Can No Longer Opt To Select Any South African Cricketer Participating In ODIs Against India

However, with this latest development, PSL franchises can no longer opt to select any South African player as they will be featuring in the forthcoming ODI series against India. In addition to that, CSA has instructed the players to focus on 4-day domestic cricket instead of flying to Pakistan for the seventh edition of PSL.

Pakistan vs South Africa
Pakistan vs South Africa– Image Credit: Twitter

South Africa is scheduled to play three ODI matches against India from January 19 to January 23 due to which international Proteas players have been asked to make themselves unavailable for the HBL PSL 7. Sources have claimed that the franchises will now have to pick from the remaining players in the list that was drawn up for the first draft which took place on December 18.

South Africa Scheduled To Play 3 ODIs Against India From January 19-23

South Africa is scheduled to play three ODI matches against India from January 19 to January 23 due to which they are asked to make themselves unavailable for the PSL7 starting from 27 of the same month.

Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP
Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs, and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP

The entirety of PSL 2022, which starts on January 27, will be played in Pakistan. The first 15 games of the tournament will be played in Karachi, while the remaining matches will take place in Lahore. In PSL 2021, Mohammad Rizwan led Multan Sultans to their maiden PSL title with a thumping win over Peshawar Zalmi at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Shahid Afridi had previously played for Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, and Multan Sultans. Quetta Gladiators are his fourth team in the PSL. Ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 season seven, Quetta Gladiators have roped in veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi from defending champions, Multan Sultans.

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will represent Quetta Gladiators in what will be his farewell Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Dean Elgar file photo (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)
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Dean Elgar Willing To Put Body On The Line For South Africa After His 96* Guides South Africa To Win

Dean Elgar, the South African skipper, claims that he is willing to put his body on the line for his country. Dean Elgar played a gritty knock of 96 runs to guide South Africa to a 7-wicket win over India to level the series 1-1. The series decided will now play on January 11 in Cape Town.

During his five hours and nine minutes stay in the middle, the southpaw took a lot of body blows and one Jasprit Bumrah beamer hit on his helmet grille but he remained calm and composed.

Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96-run in the second innings to power South Africa to a 7-wicket win over India. (AP Image)
Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96-run in the second innings to power South Africa to a 7-wicket win over India. (AP Image)

Dean Elgar Wanted To Stay Till The End As He’s A Senior Batsman And Needed To Take The Responsibility

Dean Elgar feels that being a senior batter he needed to take the responsibility to lead his team from the front. Dean Elgar played a captain’s knock scoring an unbeaten 96 to take the hosts to a 7-wicket win leveling the 3-match series 1-1 against India. Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma comfortably took South Africa home with the captain fittingly scoring the winning runs as the hosts leveled the 3-match Test series 1-1.

“I said to myself I’m going to be there till the end as a senior batter, someone who’s been around for a long time. I needed to take the responsibility,” the skipper said in the post-match media interaction.

“It’s not always going to work out but today it worked out. It’s a highly stressful and intense series against the Indians.”

Dean Elgar punches the air after hitting the winning four AFP via Getty Images
Dean Elgar punches the air after hitting the winning four AFP via Getty Images

The Proteas skipper further said if he is willing to put his body on the line then everybody in the team should also do the same.

“Some may call it stupid, some may brave. I would like to see the latter. I’d like to see it as another influencing factor in our team. If I’m willing to put my body on the line, so should everyone else and it’s not in the mind. Playing for your country, you’re expected to do this, irrespective of how you are feeling and you need to focus on the bigger task at hand. That’s obviously to try and get the job done.”

After five and half hours lost in the day, the left-hander shepherded the innings beautifully and stood in two match-winning partnerships against the relentless Indian attack. Skipper Dean Elgar led from the front as South Africa leveled three-match series in style, beating India by seven wickets in Johannesburg—their first-ever on this venue.

Rains made sure that the day was off to a delayed start, but the result was never in question with South Africa ending Day 3 looking solid at 118/2. India had never lost a Test match in Johannesburg, but it was about to change thanks to the unshakeable grit shown by the Proteas and exemplified by their captain Dean Elgar. The rain delay had made sure that day 4 was reduced to 34 overs, but no one expected the game to get over on the fourth day itself.

Dean Elgar Rated The Innings At The Top As He Led From The Front

Dean Elgar stood at the wicket for 307 minutes and took blows on his body just like he did here four years ago. He was also engaged in verbal duels on many occasions but never lost his concentration. It was a pity that he couldn’t get to a century ending up unbeaten at 96 off 188 balls.

“It feels really special, firstly as a captain. I don’t play for accolades or personal milestones. I play for my teammates and winning. I’m not going to exclude them from their achievements, they’ve done throughout the last couple days. I think it means a hell of a lot for me when it comes to influencing our environment and leading from the front. It’s always something that I’ve liked to have done.”

“Even as a schoolboy it’s something I’ve always wanted to do with lead from the front and I think it makes it a lot easier for guys to follow your footsteps and actually trust you. So I think in that respect, it goes a long way.”

Rating his innings at the top, he said: “This is right up there. Contributing in a big way in a win speaks a lot more than anything when it comes to personal gain or personal accolades. I was extremely glad as the captain that I could lead us over the line, which was a do or die kind of Test match for us. So I would say it was up there, maybe the top three influential innings that I’ve played.”

Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)
Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. First and foremost, it’s a Test win for South Africa. We fought long and hard, pushing us to different levels these four days. The guys responded brilliantly. It’s great to accomplish another Test win.”

“I think it’s a step in the right direction. We still have a lot of challenging encounters coming our way. Even in the next Test, we’re gonna have a lot of encounters where we’re going to be pushed to different boundaries and how the guys respond to that. But I’d like to think of this as a massive positive moving in the right direction. Yeah, I think it’s a confidence booster for a lot of our players within the squad. We’ve got relatively young and inexperienced guys. So yeah, I’d like to think it’s a move in the right direction,” Dean Elgar concluded.

South Africa entered this Test on the back of an undercooked effort with the ball at SuperSport Park (Centurion) and a batting line-up that could best be described as promising but fragile. Their biggest name, keeper Quinton de Kock, who was due to miss the rest of the series on paternity leave, retired from the longest format altogether.

India brought the strongest seam attack in their history to the venue where they have never lost a Test in this country, the Wanderers. 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 has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)
Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)
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Shaun Pollock Reckons There Might Always Be Calls Requesting Quinton de Kock To Come Out Of Test Retirement

Shaun Pollock believes that South African wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock announcing his Test retirement and the uproar that has followed it “might not be the end of the saga.”

The former Proteas pacer Shaun Pollock said on Monday that like in the case of dashing batsman AB de Villiers, there might be calls for Quinton de Kock to come out of retirement after two to three years. Quinton de Kock, 29, in his official statement said he wants to spare time for his young family, which is set to welcome a child soon.

Quinton de Kock during the 1st Test against India.(Twitter/CSA)
Quinton de Kock during the 1st Test against India.(Twitter/CSA)

Shaun Pollock Reckons There Might Always Be Calls Requesting Quinton de Kock To Come Back Citing Example Of AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers left international cricket in 2018 against a similar backdrop, saying he was “tired,” but later offered to return in 2019 and was unofficially asked to come back in 2021, neither of which could go through.

Speaking after Day 1 of the second India-South Africa Test in Johannesburg, Shaun Pollock shared his “funny feeling,” saying: “I have also got a funny feeling that it might not be the end of the saga. I think two maybe three years down the line, much like an ABD (AB de Villiers) discussion because ‘Quinny’ is such a fine player, there might always be calls for maybe him to come back.”

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock, announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. The announcement comes on the backdrop of South Africa’s defeat in the first Test match against India in Centurion, where the visitors won by 113 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Incidentally, Quinton de Kock began 2021 as South Africa’s temporary Test captain and ended it by retiring from the format.

Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shaun Pollock admitted that Quinton de Kock’s decision was “sad” and “shocking” but acknowledged that the constant quarantines have taken a toll on the players’ mental health. Shaun Pollock added that keeper Quinton de Kock would have also considered having more fun (not to mention earning more) by playing in lucrative T20 leagues around the world.

Shaun Pollock said: “It is sad and it would have come out as shocking… I think just mentally the bubbles, continuously being away from home are maybe taking its effect on the individuals. ‘Quinny’ is a guy who likes to go hunting, fishing, he likes to spend a bit of time away from the game and he’s not been able to do that.”

“Then obviously, at this stage of his career, he’s 29, you look at what sort of floats your boat, what is the format that you really get excited about, you know, there’s a lot of T20 leagues where he can just stand and deliver and probably have a lot of fun and probably takes a bit of stress off his body.”

Shaun Pollock called upon cricket boards to be considerate of the players’ health and find more efficient ways to preserve the “truest” format-Test cricket.

He said: “So it did come as a surprise but you can understand it. And that’s why we’ve always been concerned about the Test format, we see it as the truest test of the game. But I think the boards need to be very conscious of how they deal with their players, particularly in this Covid time, how they can make the best of them.”

Quinton de Kock finished his red-ball career with 3300 runs, including six hundred and 22 fifties, in 54 Tests at an average of 38.82. He was considered a leader having led for a few games and a star of the Proteas’s Test lineup and has certainly left their cricket poorer. Kyle Verreynne took the gloves in place of the retired Quinton de Kock in the ongoing 2nd Test.

Quinton de Kock had scored 34 runs in the first innings of the Centurion Test, followed by 21 in the second. He also affected 232 dismissals (221 catches and 11 stumpings) behind the wicket besides scoring 3300 Test runs.

Dinesh Karthik Hopes South Africa Could Accept And Move On From Quinton de Kock’s Test Retirement

Speaking during the same interaction, Indian wicketkeeper-batter veteran Dinesh Karthik expressed hope that the Proteas could accept and move on from Quinton de Kock’s sudden Test retirement because “Test cricket needs South Africa” at its best.

Dinesh Karthik said: “He just wants to move on with his family which is very, very interesting and understandable but you know, I just hope that South Africa is able to accept what has happened and move on in a good manner because Test cricket needs South Africa to be firing, a good South African side is very important for world cricket.”

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Johannesburg Test is piquantly poised with the hosts at 35-1, 167 runs behind India’s total of 202 after Day 1.

Shardul Thakur has put an end to a 74-run stand for the second wicket between Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen as the pacer removed South Africa captain in his second over of Day 2. Shardul Thakur also removed the dangerous Keegan Petersen (62) and Rassie van der Dussen (1). His figures read 3/8 after 4.5 overs. His effort saw South Africa reduced to 102/4 at Lunch.

Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
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Quinton de Kock’s Sudden Test Retirement Shocked Dean Elgar But He Feels His Retirement Won’t Affect Teammates

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.

South Africa Cricket Team (Image Credit: Twitter)
South Africa Cricket Team (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Marco Jansen Receives His Maiden ODI Call-up As South Africa Name 17-Member Squad For 3 ODIs vs India

Marco Jansen, the South African pace all-rounder on Sunday received his maiden ODI call-up as South Africa named a 17-member squad for the three-ODI series against India beginning January 19.

The 21-year-old Marco Jansen, who had snapped five wickets in his maiden Test last week, was picked in the squad led by Temba Bavuma with Keshav Maharaj as his deputy in the white-ball series.

Marco Jansen (Gallo)
Marco Jansen (Gallo)

Marco Jansen Receives Maiden call Up For ODIs, Injured Anrich Nortje Left Out

Experienced pacer Anrich Nortje will miss the ODIs as well after being left out of the Tests due to a hip injury. Wayne Parnell, Sisanda Magala, and Zubayr Hamza also retained their spots in the squad which also includes former skipper Quinton de Kock, who retired from Test cricket following the loss in the first Test against India.

Marco Jansen had 4/55 in 13.3 overs to end with figures of 5/124 in his debut Test match which included the prized scalp of Virat Kohli. Marco Jansen played in two matches picking 2 scalps for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 before his debut for South Africa.

“This is a very exciting group and the Selection Panel and I are eager to see what they will produce,” CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang said.

“For many of our players, it does not get bigger than playing against this powerhouse Indian team and this will be the biggest series of their young lives so far. We are looking forward to seeing what they bring to the table and wish Temba (Bavuma) and Mark (Boucher) all the best for the series.”

The left-arm seamer, Marco Jansen received his maiden call-up to the ODI squad, while seamer Anrich Nortje has been deemed unfit after not recovering from his hip injury. Dwaine Pretorius, who recently had a good outing in the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE, returned to the squad alongside all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.

In the ongoing 2nd Test between the two teams, India is placed on 53/3 before lunch. KL Rahul is captaining the team in place of Virat Kohli who has upper back spasms.

KL Rahul To Be Skipper For India In The 3 ODIs Against South Africa

KL Rahul will lead India in the three One-day Internationals (ODIs) against South Africa while Jasprit Bumrah will be his deputy. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also made his way back to the ODI team after the 2017 Champions Trophy. Pacer Mohammed Shami has been rested.

Spin all-rounders Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are still not fit and weren’t considered for selection. Also making a comeback was another spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar. Opening batsman veteran Shikhar Dhawan too was included and will fight for the opening slot beside the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, keeper Ishan Kishan, and skipper KL Rahul.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.

The first (January 19) and second ODIs (January 21) will be played at Boland Park, Paarl while the third and final match (January 23) will be held at Newlands, Cape Town. India on Saturday announced their 18-member squad for the ODI series with KL Rahul named as captain with Rohit Sharma yet to regain full fitness.

South Africa ODI Squad: Temba Bavuma (C), Keshav Maharaj (VC), Quinton de Kock, Zubayr Hamza, Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.

India ODI squad: KL Rahul (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (AP Photos)
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (AP Photos)
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India Now Has The Luxury Of 3 World Class Pacers In Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, And Mohammed Siraj: Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar credited Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj for India’s overseas success in Test cricket. Pacers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj propelled Virat Kohli-led Team India to a comfortable win over South Africa in the 1st Test of the three-match series at Centurion’s SuperSport Park.

Drawing a parallel between the troika of India’s pace battery and the iconic Pakistani pace attack of the late ’90s comprising of Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, and Waqar Younis, former Indian cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar credited the Indian speed merchants for India’s overseas success in the longest and oldest format of the game.

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

Sanjay Manjrekar: India’s Overseas Success Comes For Having The Luxury Of 3 World Class Pacers In Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, And Mohammed Siraj

Former Indian batter Sanjay Manjrekar spoke at length about pacers making a massive impact in the international arena for India, especially during the away tours. Indian pacers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj shared 16 wickets in the first Test of the three-match series between India and hosts South Africa.

Team India will play the series decider on Monday at Johannesburg. Speaking ahead of the 2nd Test match between Virat Kohli’s India and the Proteas, Sanjay Manjrekar lauded the world-class bowling attack of the Asian giants.

“One thing that has changed in recent 5-6 years for the Indian team, which has been a rare instance for India. India’s overseas success comes because India now has the luxury of having three world-class seam bowlers. It has had a huge impact,” Manjrekar said.

L-R: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj | Photo: AFP/PTI
L-R: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj | Photo: AFP/PTI

Indian speed merchant Mohammed Shami bagged a match-changing five-wicket haul for India in South Africa’s 1st innings at Centurion. The duo of Jasprit Bumrah (2 scalps) and Mohammed Siraj (1 scalp) shared three wickets as Proteas were bundled out for 197 in their 1st innings.

India became only the third visiting Test team after England (2000) and Australia (2014) to win a Test match in Centurion, where South Africa has 21 victories in 28 matches in the longer format of the game.  Indian pacers continued to shine at Centurian, which led to an emphatic 113-run win in the first Test against South Africa.

Sanjay Manjrekar: Good Signs For Indian Cricket For Having 3 World Class Seamers Like Pakistan In The ’90s

Guiding India to an impressive 113-run win over the Proteas, Jasprit Bumrah (3 wickets), Mohammed Shami (3 wickets), and Mohammed Siraj (2 wickets) picked up crucial wickets in the 2nd innings too to make sure the visitors take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

“If you look at the history of Test cricket, earlier when Pakistan used to win outside their country, they too had 3 world-class seamers. And now India finds itself in the same condition. These are good signs for Indian cricket,” Manjrekar added.

Shardul Thakur Photo: AFP.
Shardul Thakur Photo: AFP.

The pace trio is expected to retain their places for the upcoming 2nd Test match at Johannesburg. Bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur had also complimented India’s pace attack in the series opener at Centurion by picking 2 scalps in the first innings. India has never lost a Test match at Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium.

India’s skipper Virat Kohli was however ruled out of the 2nd Test for back spasms and Hanuma Vihari replaced him. KL Rahul, stand-in vice-captain is leading India for the 1st time. On the other hand, Dean Elgar’s South Africa has made two changes; bringing in Kyle Verryenne and Duanne Olivier for Quinton de Kock and Wianne Mulder, respectively. India is 14 for no loss in the 2nd Test batting first.

Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
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Alviro Petersen Shocked Over Quinton de Kock’s Sudden Test Retirement After Playing 54 Tests

Alviro Petersen, the former South Africa opener is shocked with Quinton de Kock’s sudden retirement from Test cricket and feels more players might follow in the footsteps of the wicketkeeper-batter in the near future.

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 on Thursday. Cricket fans reacted in shock after South Africa’s Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday.

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

Alviro Petersen Shocked By Quinton de Kock’s Sudden Retirement From Tests

Quinton de Kock would, however, be available for ODIs and T20s in the future. Quinton de Kock had scored 34 runs in the first innings of the Centurion Test, followed by 21 in the second. Quinton de Kock played 54 Test matches for South Africa, scoring 3,300 runs with six centuries and 22 half-centuries. He also effected 232 dismissals (221 catches and 11 stumpings) behind the wicket.

“To be honest, I am a bit shocked by his decision,” said Alviro Petersen, who played in 36 Tests for South Africa, scoring five centuries, largely as opening partner to Graeme Smith.

“During the lunch break of day five in Centurion, I noticed that he was not quite 100 percent because Quinny is a player who likes to play his shots,” Alviro Petersen was quoted.

Alviro Petersen
Alviro Petersen. (© IAN KINGTON/AFP/GettyImages)

“Often when there is stuff happening with family or you are on a long tour, one foot is always on the plane and I had the sense that with him it was almost like one foot was already at home.”

Alviro Petersen was a right-handed opening batsman who could not do justice to his batting talent. The cool-headed batsman made a relatively late entry to the Test cricket at the age of 30, nine years after his professional debut, and could cement his place in the Proteas squad only after 2012.

However, Alviro Petersen suffered in his career because of inconsistency and tough competition from Jacques Rudolph for the opening slot. The opener, by all means, deserved to play more than the 36 Tests and 21 ODIs he played for South Africa.

Quinton de Kock Will However Continue Playing In The White Ball Formats For The Proteas With An Eye On Franchise Based T20 Leagues

A former Test captain, Quinton de Kock said he will continue playing in the white-ball formats for the Proteas, with a lot of focus on franchise-based T20 leagues. The former Mumbai Indians man should have been away from national duty on paternity leave for the last 2 Tests but has now decided to call it a day from the longest format of cricket.

“I am surprised but you can also understand that all the lucrative T20 leagues around the world and The Hundred (franchise 100-ball cricket tournament in the UK) now have changed the mindset of players,” Petersen said.

Quinton de Kock for Mumbai Indians - VIVEK BENDRE
Quinton de Kock for Mumbai Indians – VIVEK BENDRE

“In the past, Test cricket was the pinnacle and slowly that is being changed with guys looking after their financial wellbeing. Priorities have changed and he won’t struggle to get a T20 or The Hundred contract.”

Quinton de Kock has featured in Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians squad in the IPL. 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.

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