Quinton De Kock is terrible News for SA cricket Fans
Quinton De Kock’s recent injury is terrible news for South Africa cricket fans. The wicketkeeper batsman has been ruled out for two months and there is no certainty if he would be fit for the World Cup or not.
De Kock is such an important player for South Africa, not just as a wicket keeper, but, as an opening batsman too.
He has been groomed in the last couple of years and if he is not there in Australia-New Zealand, South Africa’s campaign would be affected severely.
At this point in time, there does not seem to be anybody who is ready to take De Kock’s place in the top order if the young man’s recovery doesn’t go fast enough.
Most of the South African batsmen, who are on the fringes for national selection, are middle order players.
So, in the absence of De Kock, South Africa might have to go with a make-shift opening pair.
Faf Du Plessis has opened occasionally in T20 cricket, but, he is at ease at no. 3 and to unsettle him from there, it might not be that smart a call to make for the team management.
AB De Villiers himself, the South Africa captain, is a finisher and the team needs him there at the crease in the last half of the innings.
Alviro Peterson, the right hander who opens in the test matches, might be considered, but, he is a defensive sort of player, quite similar to Hashim Amla and if these two are batting together at the top, South Africa would be in real danger of getting off to a slow start.
De Kock is very aggressive and that’s why, his partnership with Amla has been very successful over the past couple of seasons.
If De Kock gets fit, South Africa would be delighted, but, if he doesn’t, that would be trouble for the Proteas.