Quinton de Kock, the South African wicket-keeper batsman, has retired from Test cricket. His decision is surprising, given that he was named to the team that will face India on Thursday. This Test was won by India by 113 runs at Centurion. De Kock had planned to take paternity leave in the second and third Tests after this one, but he abruptly announced his retirement. De Kock, on the other hand, will continue to play ODI and T20 cricket.
What was De Kock’s take on retirement?
In a statement, De Kock said, “I now want to spend more time with my family.” As a result, it has been decided to step down from Tests. Dekock is about to become a father. He admitted that the decision was difficult. I’ve given it a lot of thought and considered all of my options.
It is critical to prioritize the family: De Kock is a Dutch footballer.
De Kock stated, “I considered what I needed to prioritize right now.” Sasha and I came to this decision with our child and family in mind. My family means the world to me. I’d like to set aside time for my family and spend it with them.
‘I want to spend time with my friends and family.’
In his statement, De Kock stated, “I love Test cricket.” I also enjoy representing my homeland. I’ve enjoyed the highs and lows, the celebrations and even the disappointments, but now I’ve discovered something even better. You can’t buy almost anything in life, but you can buy time, and right now is the time to do it right with the people who matter the most to me.
Dekock wishes the team the best of luck.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of my Test cricket journey since the beginning, he said. Without the help of my coaches, teammates, various management teams, and family and friends, I would not have been able to get here.
Quinton de Kock will continue to play one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals.
“This is not the end of my Proteas career; I am fully committed to white-ball cricket in the future and representing my country to the best of my ability,” he added. Best wishes for the rest of this test series against India to my teammates. In ODIs and T20s, we’ll see you.
Captain starts the year and retires at the end.
De Kock, 29, began 2021 as South Africa’s Test captain and retired at the end of the year. He led South Africa to four Test victories. Tests against Sri Lanka and Pakistan are included. In Tests, he has a 50 percent win rate. South Africa won the Test series against Sri Lanka 2–0 at home, but lost the Test series to Pakistan 2–0.
Bio-Bubble enraged Dekock as well.
Following this, De Kock made a series of statements about life in Bio-Bubble, claiming that it puts mental strain on the players. For the ODI series against Sri Lanka and the series against the Netherlands, he was then rested. De Kock is one of the few players who has refused to kneel in protest of racism.
South Africa has given its players an exemption for ‘knee bent.’ Dekock did a three-finger salute for a friend. De Kock, on the other hand, saluted with three fingers in support of a friend who was injured in Afghanistan. In support of democracy, he gave this salute.
In the T20 World Cup, he was forced to sit on the bench.
Cricket South Africa had even asked its players to kneel in protest of racism during the T20 World Cup, but De Kock refused. As a result, he was forced to sit out the match against the West Indies. After that, he apologized and pledged his full support for the fight against apartheid.
Dekock appeared in 54 Tests during his Test career.
In 2014, De Kock made his Test debut against Australia. In total, he has appeared in 54 Tests. He has 3300 runs at an average of 38.82 in this time. This period spans six centuries.