Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former South African pacer Shaun Pollock while talking about the shocking retirement of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock from Test cricket said it ” might not be the end of the saga”.

Quinton de Kock played his last Test against India at the SuperSport Park, Centurion where the Proteas side lost the match by a huge margin of 113 runs. After the match, Cricket South Africa released a statement in which de Kock said that he wants to spend more time with his family so he has decided to quit Test cricket.

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Quinton De Kock[photo: Twitter]
Meanwhile, Pollock feels that just like AB de Villiers there might be calls for de Kock to make a comeback in Test cricket.

“I have also got a funny feeling that it might not be the end of the saga. I think two maybe three years down the line, much like an ABD (AB de Villiers) discussion because ‘Quinny’ is such a fine player, there might always be calls for maybe him to come back,” said Pollock speaking to Cricbuzz after Day 1 of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa.

Shaun Pollock added the 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman de Kock likes spending time away from the game and he was unable to do that because of the Test cricket.

It is sad and it would have come out as shocking… I think just mentally the bubbles, continuously being away from home are maybe taking its effect on the individuals. ‘Quinny’ is a guy who likes to go hunting, fishing, he likes to spend a bit of time away from the game and he’s not been able to do that.”

“Then obviously, at this stage of his career, he’s 29, you look at what sort of floats your boat, what is the format that you really get excited about, you know, there’s a lot of T20 leagues where he can just stand and deliver and probably have a lot of fun and probably takes a bit of stress off his body.”

Quinton de Kock And Dean Elgar, ICC World Test Championship
Quinton de Kock And Dean Elgar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former South African pacer further said that cricket boards should be conscious of how they deal with players in the pandemic era. He said:

So it did come as a surprise but you can understand it. And that’s why we’ve always been concerned about the Test format, we see it as the truest test of the game. But I think the boards need to be very conscious of how they deal with their players, particularly in this Covid time, how they can make the best of them.”

He Just Wants To Move On With His Family Which Is Very, Very Interesting – Dinesh Karthik On Quinton de Kock’s Retirement

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Dinesh Karthik (Image Credit: Twitter)

Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik who was also present in the same conversation said that it was “very interesting” that de Kock has retired from Test cricket to move on with his family. Karthik said:

He just wants to move on with his family which is very, very interesting and understandable but you know, I just hope that South Africa is able to accept what has happened and move on in a good manner because Test cricket needs South Africa to be firing, a good South African side is very important for world cricket.”

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