Soon to be dad Quinton de Kock might not play two out of three test matches against India

Quinton de Kock was removed as South Africa's test captain after the test series against Pakistan last year

Former South African captain and one of the best wicketkeeper batsmen in the world, Quinton de Kock might not feature in two out of the three test matches of the upcoming test series against India as he will be on paternity leave.

Quinton de Kock and his wife Sasha are due for the birth of their first kid in January. The South African team management is expecting that De Kock would leave the bio bubble after the completion of the first two test matches, but if in case of an emergency, he has to leave the bubble before or during the second test match, it will br virtually impossible for him to get back onto the ground immediately after that, as the bubble rules will be extremely strict for the series, citing the threat posed by new COVID variant.

Quinton de Kock is arguably the best wicketkeeper in the world

Quinton De Kock was appointed South Africa’s Test captain after the resignation of Faf du Plessis, but he didn’t continue in the role for a long time before he was replaced by Dean Elgar, who had served as a deputy during the stint of Du Plessis. De Kock’s workload was cited as the reason for his removal from test captaincy, but his relationship with Cricket South Africa (CSA) hasn’t been great in recent times.

During the T20 World Cup in the UAE, De Kock had refused to play one of the games when CSA made it mandatory for every single player to take a knee, however, he later returned apologising to the fans and insisting that he was misunderstood.

The 28-year-old left-hander was someone who could have played a key role for South Africa down the order with the bat at no. 7, apart from providing his excellent wicketkeeping services as well. His absence from the two test matches, if it indeed turns out that way, might harm South Africa’s chances in the series against India.


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