Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. He has given the reason ‘to spend more time with his growing family.’ Quinton de Kock was one of the most promising young cricketers for South Africa in recent times. QDK was set to miss the second and third Test against India because he was on paternity leave. However, he decided to leave the longest format of the game entirely.
The news came as a shock for many cricket fans. Quinton de Kock mentions that he will be available for the White Ball cricket. Quinton de Kock said in a statement issued by CSA,
“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 and I are about to welcome our first child into this world and look to grow our family beyond that. My family is everything to me and I want to have the time and space to be able to be with them during this new and exciting chapter of our lives.
“I love Test cricket and I love representing my country and all that it comes with. I’ve enjoyed the ups and the downs, the celebrations, and even the disappointments, but now I’ve found something that I love even more.
“In life, you can buy almost everything except for time, and right now, it’s time to do right by the people that mean the most to me.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of my Test cricket journey from the very beginning. To my coaches, teammates, the various management teams, and my family and friends – I couldn’t have shown up as I did without your support.
“This is not the end of my career as a Protea, I’m fully committed to white-ball cricket and representing my country to the best of my ability for the foreseeable future.
“All the best to my teammates for the remainder of this Test series against India.
“See you in the ODIs and T20s.”
Quinton de Kock was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj at the score of 21 in the second innings today. India won the first Test match against South Africa comfortably. It was the first win for any Asian team in Centurion Sports Park. With this win, India won the most Test matches in 2021. The tally rose to 8. It started with Gabba in January and ended in Centurion in December. 2021 was one of the remarkable years for Indian Test Cricket. We wish Quinton de Kock all the best for his new life and white-ball cricket.