South African wicket-keeper batter Quinton de Kock retires from Test cricket

South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has taken this decision of retirement after discussing with Cricket South Africa (CSA) as he wants to spend more time with his family and thus wants to stay away from the Test cricket format.

South African wicket-keeper batter Quinton de Kock who also plays for five-time champions of the Indian Premier League Mumbai Indians as an opener has told goodbye to Test cricket as he feels it’s the right time for him to get away from this format. The wicket-keeper batter wants to spend time with his family and feels if he keeps playing Test cricket for the South African national cricket team it will be difficult for him to look after his family.

Quinton de Kock was in the squad for the three-match Test series against India which is currently going on in South Africa. On Thursday, India won the first Test match and is leading the three-match series by 1-0. In this first Test, the wicket-keeper batter was been picked by Dean Elgar (captain of the South African national cricket Test team). He played this match though he didn’t have his best game as in both his innings he got a better start but couldn’t build up to a huge score. Mumbai Indians’ opener didn’t even touch the 40-run mark in both the innings he played.

The South African explosive batter took this decision on Thursday just after the first Test match against India ended. Quinton de Kock didn’t take this decision because of this defeat, it seems he planned this before that he is going to go away from Test cricket as he wants to give time to his growing family. In the statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA), he clearly stated that he didn’t take this decision of retirement quickly or very easily, he thought a lot about it and then expressed his view to their board.

“I have taken a lot of time to think about what my future looks like and what needs to take priority in my life now that Sasha (his wife) and I are about to welcome our first child into this world and look to grow our family beyond that,” de Kock said in a statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

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