South Africa wicketkeeper-batter and one of the best openers in modern-day cricket – Quinton de Kock is set to call time on his career. De Kock, a veteran of 140 ODI matches announced his decision via Cricket South Africa during the team’s ODI World Cup squad announcement on Tuesday, 5 May.
Quinton de Kock, a prominent figure in South African cricket, first stepped onto the ODI scene in 2013. Since then, he has donned the Proteas’ jersey in 140 matches, amassing a total of 5966 runs. His batting prowess is evident in his impressive average of 44.85 and a strike rate of 96.08. De Kock’s bat has produced 17 centuries and 29 half-centuries, with his highest score being a remarkable 178 against Australia at Centurion in 2016.
In addition to his batting skills, de Kock has also showcased exceptional wicket-keeping abilities. He has successfully executed 183 catches and 14 stumpings, contributing significantly to the team’s defensive strategies.
The 30-year-old cricketer has represented South Africa in two editions of the Cricket World Cup, scoring 450 runs across 17 matches, maintaining an average of 30.
De Kock’s leadership skills have also been put to the test as he captained the South African team in eight ODIs. Under his captaincy, the team secured victories in four matches and faced defeat in three.
Commenting on De Kock’s decision to retire from ODIs, Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe said: “Quinton de Kock has been a really good servant to South African cricket. He set the benchmark with his attacking batting style and was a key member of the squad for a number of years.
“He also wore the captain’s armband and that is an honour that very few people get to hold.
“We understand his decision to step back from ODI cricket and we want to thank him for his service over the years. We wish him well for the future but still look forward to seeing him represent the Proteas in T20I cricket.”
South Africa begin their World Cup campaign on 7 October in Delhi, against Sri Lanka.