Thursday, 20 January 2022

Quinton de Kock retires from Test Cricket

Quinton de Kock retires from Test Cricket

Quinton de Kock bat in the first Test against India at Centurion told all who saw him something was wrong. He chopped on and got out twice, first to Shardul Thakur, then to Siraj. He has been edge before in his 91 innings, but only once by a seamer and never twice in the same match.

Even though De Kock batted for 100 minutes for his 34 run in the first innings at Centurion and held 21 off 28 in the second dig, he had the looking of a man whose mind was somewhere else. It seems it was. After hours, a South Africa team released a statement that the home side lost by 113 runs said De Kock had retired from the Test game.

In 54 innings, he scored 3,300 runs at an average of 38.82 with six centuries. Only Dean Elgar has more runs among current players of South Africa's with 1,125 more. But Dean Elgar has also had 31 more innings than him. The same goes for Quinton De Kock's average: 38.82 vs. Dean Elgar's 39.50. Aged 29, which might have been one of the game's great careers, is now over. Or at least confined to white-ball matches for now.

The reasons behind the news and those who are unwilling to believe prepared statements will not be short of seed for their mills over the move Quinton de Kock has made. But it would not be fair not to allow him to make his case, even if it is presented on a letterhead by CSA.

"I love Test, and I love representing my country as a Proteas and all that it comes with. I've enjoyed life's ups and downs, the celebrations, and even the disappointments, but now I've found something that even I love more.

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"In life, you cannot buy time, but you can get by almost everything, and right now, it's time to do the correct thing by the people that mean the most to me.

"This decision is not the end of my career as a Proteas. I'm fully committed to white-ball cricket and to representing my country to the best of my ability for the foreseeable future."

Quinton de Kock and his partner are about to become parents for the first time is among the best reasons for his decision: he is entitled to want to be there for his child and their mother.

Then there's his expressly stated hatred of the bubble life cricketers have been plunged into, which led to him being put to take mental health break in February after the tour to Pakistan.

With De Kock, it might be something as simple and understandable as wanting to spend more time fishing. As he could undoubtedly sustain his lifestyle on his IPL earnings alone, that becomes a no-brainer if you see things from his perspective.

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