Reaction to Quinton de Kock’s retirement


South African cricketer Quinton de Kock has confirmed his intention to retire from One Day International (ODI). De Kock, who has been a part of the South African cricket set-up for over a decade, revealed that the monetary lure of the T20 league played a significant role in his decision.
Although the player has loyally represented the South African team for 11 years, he said it is hard to ignore the financial benefits of the T20 league, especially as he nears the end of his career. However, he stressed that his first loyalty has always been to his national team.
“T20 competitions – I can’t deny that there’s a lot of money in it and when your career ends, people want to get their last top-up before their career is over,” he told ESPNcricinfo. Any normal person would do that anyway.” The host broadcaster was quoted as saying.
Apart from monetary aspects, De Kock also cited his desire to spend quality time with his young family as another reason for his withdrawal from ODI cricket. He retired from Test cricket about two years ago, just before the birth of his daughter Kiara, with the intention of focusing on his family life.
Although his ODI career is now coming to an end, De Kock has his eyes set on the future. He plans to feature in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia this December, as it overlaps with South Africa’s white-ball series against India.

After the World Cup, he plans to take a gap year to ‘reevaluate’ before deciding on the next chapter of his life. He would simply “go back to society and become a normal person”. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), De Kock currently plays for Lucknow Super Giants.
Quinton de Kock was part of the match against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on 17 September. The Proteas won the match by 122 runs, with him scoring 27 runs in 39 balls. The wicketkeeper-batsman will retire from ODIs after the 2023 World Cup, starting October 5 in India.
He intends to take a year off after the World Cup to ‘assess’ his options before making a decision about his life. Simply put, he will “return to society and become a normal person.” De Kock is currently playing for Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
On September 17, Quinton de Kock took part in the match against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. He scored 27 runs in 39 balls and the Proteas defeated the opposition by 122 runs. The 2023 World Cup in India, which begins on October 5, will be the final ODI for the wicketkeeper-batsman.