Exclusive: Quinton de Kock was considering retirement before India series, reveals SA coach Rob Walter

South Africa’s white-ball coach Rob Walter made a surprising revelation, stating that Quinton de Kock, the veteran opener, intended to retire from international cricket after the 2023 World Cup. Walter disclosed that he had to convince De Kock to make himself available for T20I selection, after which the left-handed batsman decided to retire solely from the one-day format, having already withdrawn from red-ball cricket.

In terms of South Africa’s T20I squad, Aiden Markram will lead the team, with players such as Ottniel Baartman, Matthew Breetzke, Nandre Burger, and others forming part of the roster.

South African skipper Temba Bavuma will only take part in the two Tests against India as he has been given a break from the white-ball leg. Rob Walter emphasized the need to manage Bavuma’s mental workload after an intense World Cup campaign, stating their desire for key players to be in peak condition for the upcoming Test series, particularly against India, where South Africa has not lost a Test series at home.