- Quinton de
Kock struggled with the bat more than most in South
Africa's 2-1 Test series victory over India.
In six knocks, the Proteas
wicketkeeper scored 71 runs
at an average of 11.83 that
included two first ball ducks.
To put that into perspective, all
of Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj outscored De Kock in this
What makes that all the more
concerning is the fact that, throughout the series, South Africa have opted to
go bowling-heavy and that has seen De Kock employed as their No 6.
De Kock has never been one to
think too much about what he does at the crease. He plays on instinct, backs himself
to play his shots and he has often described his own approach to the game as
"see ball, hit ball".
It has worked for the most part,
but De Kock's Test average has now dipped below 40 as a result of his struggles
With four massive Tests against
Australia coming up in March, South Africa need De Kock to start firing
For skipper Faf du Plessis, there
is no cause for alarm just yet.
"We all go through lean patches. I think the white ball is coming
at a good time for Quinny, it will unshackle him," said Du Plessis,
referring to the six-match ODI series against India that starts in Durban on
"He’s obviously disappointed, as any player would be. He will go
back and work hard on his game and make sure he can be better for the
It was important, Du Plessis said, not to try and change De Kock's
approach to batting.
"With Quinny, he’s a personality that doesn’t think too much about
technical stuff. He’s a free spirit, x-factor player," Du Plessis said.
"So when things go wrong, as any player, you’ll feel like there’s
pressure on you to perform.
"For Quinny it is just confidence. As soon as he gets one innings
where he’s hitting the ball in the middle again, he’ll just jump straight back
onto that boat of relaxing and just playing his game.
"I think it’s very important that you don’t try and change the way
Quinton plays, because if you start talking from a technical point of view to
Quinton – he’s never played the game like that.
"It’s just the case that sometimes in cricket you’re in form and
you’re on top and the runs come.
"Quinny is just at the bottom of the wave at the moment but I know
he’ll fight back to get on top again."