Hoping captaincy gives me positive energy: De Kock
Quinton de Kock is the new T20I captain of South Africa and will be leading the side against India in the T20I series.
After a disappointing World Cup, things have turned around for South Africa as they made a lot of changes including the change of captain in the T20 format. Quinton De kock, was named as the captain of South Africa for the three-match T20I series in India and he hopes the new responsibility will give him positive energy.
Ahead of the second T20I against India, de Kock said in the press conference:
“I’m not too concerned (extra responsibility of leading the side). It’s just a new stepping stone in my career. Just gives me a bit of extra responsibility in the team. We’ll see how it goes – it can affect me negatively or positively – I’m not sure at the moment. Hopefully, it gives me the positive energy and I give the best I can do.”
The wicket-keeper batsman also said that he wants to continue on the good work of his predecessors like AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis.
“I think they (de Villiers, Amla and du Plessis) gave me lots of room to play the way I want. I don’t see it why that would change without them here or not. Even they in their careers went through the same things that we’re going through right now. So, we will take it as it comes.”
“In the leadership group within the team we have discussions, we’ve had a chat about how we’re going to go about things. So far it is under control but we are also still learning. We are still quite a young leadership team. Hopefully, when our careers finish, we will be… and the youngsters coming through would learn from our mistakes,” he concluded.