Veteran South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock got emotional while delivering a speech ahead of his final home ODI against Australia. He, however, announced that he will retire from the 50-over format after the 2023 World Cup in India and they are currently playing their last home ODI before the marquee event as well.
Speaking at The Wanderers Stadium before the series decider against Australia, Quinton de Kock said that even though he is 31 years old, his body feels like that of a 40-year-old as well. He also added that he mentally tries to stay like a 20-year-old all the time as well. However, he also mentioned that he had a chat with his close friends and family members before he announced his decision to retire from the format.
“It was just the feeling I was getting. In the end of my Test career, I was fighting to play. 50 Tests was a lot and could take a toll on you. I gave a thought and chatted with people I trust. They said there’s no shame in retiring and focusing on other formats,” De Kock was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.”Lots of memories in the 10-11 years. My body tells me I’m 40, my ID says I’m 31, I still mentally try to act like I am 20 all the time.”
The veteran wicketkeeper further shared some of the best memories from his ODI career. He started from his tour of Abu Dhabi, opined on the Tests in India, and also gave a special mention to the Sri Lanka tour as well. However, Quinton de Kock retired from Tests in December 2021 and he will hang up his boots from ODIs this November. However, staying away from longer formats will allow him to play in more T20 leagues across the world.
“I won’t deny the effect of franchise cricket on my game and decision. I try to keep my loyalty, I think I’ve represented my Proteas badge really well. There’s a lot of money in T20s, guys try to get a top up. Any guy would do that anyway. I think I’d have done it five years ago, when it really took off. Now that I’m on a downslope in a career, I’ll take it. I’ll take a gap year after the career and go back into normal society,” Quinton de Kock concluded.