There is no doubt that Quinton De Kock’s retirement announcement was one of the shocking revelations after India’s maiden test win at Centurion. The cricketer debuted in 2014 against Australia, played only 54 tests, and had scored In the 3300 runs at a decent average of 38.82 before announcing retirement at age 29.
In the wake of the family expansion, the cricketer has cited the reason for spending more time with the family; the prevalence of shorter format, or more specifically, the ease of playing the lucrative shorter-format games may have influenced De Kock to leave the 5-day cricket, which has become increasingly harder to play especially with the bio-bubble environment.
Reports now suggest that the of-field activities may have played a part in De Kock’s decision to retire from Test Cricket. South African sportswriter Tinus van Staden mentioned in his Twitter handle that all was not well between the teams and the board and that there were heated discussions at the time.
The sports journalist cited that many sources were spoken after De Kock’s announcement and they mentioned that there were differences between the board and the team.
“What I can say, is that there’s now more engagement between the board and the team than there have been with any other board since 1991,. “We have an open-door policy, the players can phone me at any time. We created communication channels with the 2 captains.”” says Naidoo.”
De Kock withdrew from the West Indies match in the T20 World Cup after kneeling down before the match was made compulsory as a way of showing solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement. Temba Bavuma in an interview with Cricinfo said that support is all good for such movements however questioned the authenticity of kneeling down.
“The important thing for me is, how does this translate into our everyday life,” Bavuma said. “That for me is the cream on top. We can all go out there, raise our fists, go on the knee, but if deep down in the heart, you’re not really for the cause, and what it stands for, and it doesn’t show in your everyday behavior then I guess it brings into question the authenticity of it all.”“
Now with De Kock’s retirement, the South African batting line-up looks frailer. After Dean Elgar, De Kock was the most capped player in the test side and now SA will look to find a suitable replacement against a side that is far ahead of them in batting, atleast on the paper. The second test match will start on 2nd January at Johannesburg.