South African cricket fans received a surprising announcement as Quinton de Kock, a stalwart in the national cricket team for over a decade, confirmed his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODIs). De Kock attributed this decision to the considerable financial incentives offered by T20 leagues, acknowledging their undeniable allure as he approaches the twilight of his cricketing career. Nevertheless, he emphasized that his foremost loyalty had always been to the South African national team.
“T20 events – I am not going to deny that there is a lot of money and coming to the end of your career, guys want to get their final top-up before their career finishes. Any normal person would do it anyway,” remarked de Kock, according to ESPNcricinfo.
Beyond the financial aspect, de Kock also cited his desire to devote quality time to his young family as a compelling reason for stepping away from ODI cricket. He had previously retired from Test cricket almost two years ago, just before the birth of his daughter Kiara, with the intent of prioritizing his family life.
While his ODI career may be drawing to a close, de Kock has his sights set on future endeavors. He plans to participate in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia this December, even though it coincides with South Africa’s white-ball series against India.
Following the 2023 World Cup in India, de Kock intends to take a gap year to “reassess” his life and chart the course for his next chapter. During this time, he envisions returning to society and relishing the experience of being a “normal person.” In the Indian Premier League (IPL), de Kock is currently a key player for the Lucknow Super Giants.
Quinton de Kock recently featured in the match against Australia at Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium on September 17, where the Proteas secured a resounding victory by 122 runs. In his innings, he contributed 27 runs off 39 balls. His retirement from ODIs will take effect after the conclusion of the 2023 World Cup in India, scheduled to commence on October 5.
As one of South Africa’s most prominent cricketing figures, Quinton de Kock’s decision to retire from ODIs marks the end of an era. Nevertheless, his fans can look forward to his future exploits in T20 leagues and other cricketing ventures, as well as his well-deserved family time.