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Mark Boucher admits being shocked on De Kock Retirement

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In a sport that is being played by a handful of countries, it is vital to have players who can keep the legacy of the game. Quinton De Kock if not the greatest batsman of all times is certainly one of the players upon whom the South African batting line up relief heavily. While it was expected that De Kock may not be available for the third test from the 11th of January as the baby is due to arrive near that date, he dropped a bombshell by announcing a sudden retirement after the loss in the Centurion Test.

Coach Mark Boucher has admitted that he was shocked upon knowing the news. In an interview with a leading South African publication, Boucher says that it is ‘sad’ to see the likes of Dekock retiring from the game at such an early age.

“You do not expect anyone of his caliber to retire at that age. They usually play until the age of 35 or 36” said Boucher. De Kock made his debut in 2014 against Australia and played 54 tests. He scored 3300 runs at an average of 38.82 which also included six hundred and 22 fifties. De Kock though is available for the shorter formats.

There were also reports of building up of of-field activities that may have influenced De Kock to opt for early retirement from the format, which has been hard to deal with, especially in the Covid era of bio-bubble environment. Kyle Verreynne, who possesses a first-class average of 51.95 will be handed the gloves in the second test match which will start on the 3rd of January in Johannesburg. South Africa will look to try to stop the momentum which India has got after their maiden test win at the Centurion.

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