CAPE TOWN – Some Proteas fans may not associate the normally easygoing Quinton de Kock as a potential captain.
But the South African wicket-keeper intends staying “true to myself” when he leads the national team for the first time in a One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Kandy on Wednesday (11am SA time start).
De Kock was the somewhat surprising replacement announced by coach Ottis Gibson on Tuesday for the injured Faf du Plessis.
Gibson remarked from Kandy that he believed De Kock had a “good cricket brain”, and the 25-year-old – while a bit daunted by the challenge – will look to stamp his own mark on the team at the Pallekele International Stadium today and the final ODI in Colombo on Sunday.
“To be honest, I am feeling quite nervous, it is an honour to be given this responsibility of captaining the Proteas,” De Kock said in a statement.
“I want to carry on where Faf has left off and to continue with his legacy.
“As a captain, I will try to stay true to myself and stay true to what I believe it takes to be a good leader.
“I will strive to help others going forward, just to be there as a captain.”
De Kock’s only previous top-level leadership experience was in 2012, when he skippered the SA Under-19 side.
He will have many experienced hands such as JP Duminy, Hashim Amla and David Miller around to assist. “The team performance at the moment speaks for itself. Everybody is doing something right at the moment,” De Kock said.
“Everyone is chipping in – the batsmen are scoring runs, the bowlers are taking wickets and the fielding has been on top.
“We will try to keep the standard of cricket that we have going for the next two ODIs.”
Left-handed batsman Duminy will lead the side in the one-off T20 international on Tuesday.