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

South Africa red-ball skipper Dean Elgar has opened up on wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock’s sudden retirement from Test cricket and said that he was “pretty shocked” after hearing that news but the wicketkeeper-batsman explained to him the reasons and he “respects and fully understands” De Kock’s Test retirement decision.

Quinton de Kock shocked the cricketing world with his retirement announcement from Test cricket just after South Africa’s 113-run defeat against India in the first Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion. In an official statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA) De Kock told that he wants to spend more time with his family.

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“This is not a decision that I have come to very easily. 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,” De Kock had said.

I Don’t Think There Will Be Any Hangover Or Shock Over Quinton de Kock’s Retirement – Dean Elgar

Dean Elgar, ICC World Test Championship
Dean Elgar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Speaking at a virtual press conference on the eve of the second Test against India, Elgar said:

“I was pretty shocked. But sitting down with Quiney (Quinton de Kock), he explained his reasons and I respect and fully understand his decision.”

South Africa red-ball skipper mentioned that there will be no hangover over De Kock’s departure from Test cricket. He said:

The responsibility for us is to carry and conduct ourself as international players. We still have to be professional around this. We still have a Test series to level, so I don’t think there will be any hangover or shock over Quiney’s retirement.”

Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar was named South Africa Test captain (Twitter)

Players respect the environment. We realise that we had a few setbacks in recent times and we need to obviously have to be clever around it and get over it. I don’t see this affecting the players of still being shocked about his retirement,” he added.

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