De Kock’s first taste as the skipper of his country arrives when Faf du Plessis injured his shoulder in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in 2018. It did not prove to be a fairytale start for Quinton de Kock however, as the Proteas lost both its games under his new leadership.
However, that did not turn out to be the final stint of leadership for Quinton de Kock. Life has its way with second chances and De Kock had him when he was announced as the captain for the three-match T20I series against India. The wicketkeeper-batsman has received plaudits for his aggressive approach, technical knowledge of the game and former head coach Ottis Gibson, as well as teammate David Miller, agree that De Kock has a ‘cricketing brain.’
Ahead of the T20I series, Quinton labeled his new life as South African captain as ‘just a new stepping stone’ in his career and also claimed that he was ready for the new responsibility this challenge would ensue. However, the first match between both sides in Dharamsala was washed out because of the persistent rain.
“I’m not too concerned (extra responsibility of leading the side). It’s just a new stepping stone in my career,” he told reporters on Tuesday (September 17). “Just gives me a bit of extra responsibility in the team. We’ll see how it goes – it can affect me negatively or positively – I’m not sure at the moment. Hopefully, it gives me the positive energy and I give the best I can do.”
After what was a dismal World Cup campaign, South African cricket is looking for a revamp and is taking the route of bringing in fresh new faces to the side. 25-year-old Andrich Nortje who bowls with bursts of pace and all-rounders Bjorn Fortuin and George Linde will hope to cement their mark in this series.
Quinton de Kock also promised to take notes from his predecessors in AB De Villiers, Faf du Plessis, and HashimAmla who were not afraid of giving the younger players freedom and confidence to play to their full potential.
“I think they (de Villiers, Amla, and du Plessis) gave me lots of room to play the way I want. I don’t see it why that would change without them here or not. Even they in their careers went through the same things that we’re going through right now. So, we will take it as it comes.”
“In the leadership group within the team we have discussions, we’ve had a chat about how we’re going to go about things. So far it is under control but we are also still learning. We are still quite a young leadership team. Hopefully, when our careers finish, we will be… and the youngsters coming through would learn from our mistakes.”
De Kock also admitted that he was looking forward to witnessing the duel between ViratKohli and KagisoRabada which might turn out to be pretty competitive.
“They both are good players in their own right. It will be good competition. They like being very positive in the way they play. It could be a great thing to watch.
“We just watched the Ashes and Jofra bowling. He’s very aggressive the way he bowls and how Australia have batted. It’s just been good cricket overall. I could only think good things would come up and it’s going to be great for the fans to watch when there is so much competitiveness when two teams come together.”
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