After the defeat in the Centurion Test, the South African team has suffered another major setback. South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has retired from Test cricket. This decision of de Kock is very surprising because he is only 29 years old and he decided to leave the biggest format of cricket very early.
De Kock scored 3300 runs in 54 Tests for South Africa and his batting average was 38.83. De Kock’s bat made 6 Test centuries and 22 half-centuries.
Let us tell you that the performance of this wicketkeeper of South Africa in the Centurion Test was disappointing. De Kock scored 34 runs in the first innings and could only score 21 runs in the second innings. Dekock was bowled in both the innings. Dekock’s failure also affected the South African team. South Africa lost the first test to Team India by 113 runs. Let the South African team lose a Test to an Asian team in Centurion for the first time. At the same time, this is only the second defeat of the South African team on this ground.
Why did de Kock retire?
Let us tell you that Quinton de Kock was not going to play the second and third test matches against India. Actually his wife Sasha is pregnant and that is why Dekock took paternity leave but as soon as the Centurion Test was over, he surprised everyone by saying goodbye to Test cricket. Only 29-year-old Dekock could play Test cricket for the next 7-8 years, but he also shared the reason for this decision with the fans.
De Kock released his statement after the Test retirement, saying that this decision was very difficult for him. However, he will continue to play ODI and T20 cricket. Dekock wrote, ‘This decision was not easy for me at all. I thought a lot about my future and now my priority is Sasha and my baby. My family is everything to me and I want to spend time with my family in a new chapter of my life.
Dekock’s Test Career
Quinton de Kock performed brilliantly against teams like Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies. He scored Test centuries against Australia, India, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies. However, against India, he could only score 282 runs in 7 Tests at an average of 20.14. In Tests against India, he got out for zero the most 3 times.