Not having Quinton around is disappointing for me - Elgar on de Kock's Retirement

Not having Quinton around is disappointing for me – Elgar on de Kock’s Retirement

Dean Elgar was “pretty shocked” by Quinton de Kock’s decision to retire from Test cricket but has requested the South African squad to “move on” quickly as they aim to level the series against India.
I was pretty shocked – Elgar on de Kock’s Sudden Retirement
de Kock, who was set to miss the second and third Tests on paternity leave, retired from Test cricket entirely at the conclusion of the Boxing Day Test. He announced his decision to the team on the evening of December 30 but had told some members about his plans to step away earlier. Elgar did not seem to be one of those. This came off as a sudden decision as there were no prior reports. “I was pretty shocked. I wasn’t aware this was going to happen, but sitting down with Quinny that evening and him explaining to me the reason, I very much respect his decision and fully understand the space he is in,” Elgar said. “Hopefully it doesn’t come back one day and he still wishes he was part of our red-ball set-up.”
 
Despite respecting de Kock’s decision, Elgar did not take the news entirely well, especially as it comes on the back of several other issues affecting South African cricket, on and off the field. “It’s disappointing. Not having Quinny around is disappointing for me,” he said. “It’s something I need to get over because I know there’s other talented players within our system that I need to give a lot of attention to now and that’s perfectly fine.
 
As tough as it is, it’s one of those things you need to crack on with and get over as quickly as possible. The players respect the environment, we’ve realised we’ve had quite a few setbacks over recent times and this is just another one we need to be clever around and we need to get over because the game moves on. I don’t see this affecting the players and them still being shocked about his retirement.”
The game goes on no matter what – Elgar on Test Cricket’s Future
de Kock’s decision, at just 29 years old, has led the cricketing community to have a deeper look into the sustainability of Test cricket, especially in an age of lucrative T20 leagues and long international tours in bio-bubbles. Though there is talk of others, both in South Africa and elsewhere, opting to give up the longest format, Elgar does not think that is imminent. “I don’t think his decision is going to jeopardise Test cricket.
 
His reasons are his reasons and we as a group respect that. We have to get over it and move on. The game moves on when guys retire. I have been fortunate enough to have experienced quite a few big South African retirements and one thing I have realised is that the game continues. You’re not immortal and the game definitely doesn’t stop for you.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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