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Quinton de Kock Is Not Sure How Captaincy Will Affect Him as a Cricketer
Creator : Shruti Banerjee
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Newly-appointed South African T20 captain Quinton de Kock said that he is not sure whether this additional responsibility will affect his game or not. However, he was handed the responsibility in the absence of regular captain Faf du Plessis. Even the team is relatively new as the team management are looking to groom them ahead of the T20 World Cup next year.

"Not too concerned to be honest. It is a new stepping stone in my career, gives me extra responsibility. Not sure if it would affect me negatively or positively," said the wicket-keeper batsman before the second T20 against India here on Wednesday.

However, a regular in IPL, de Kock is pretty familiar with the conditions in India. He plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

"I think they (Faf and ABD) gave me lots of room to play the way I wanted to. I don't see it why that would change without them being here. Even they in their career have had to do the same thing we are doing. So we will take it as it comes. In the leadership group in the team we have had a chat (on grooming the youngsters). It is under control so far but we are still learning as part of a young leadership group," he added.

He further said that some of the youngsters could stay longer, saying, "I not going to put a number on it. For some it could be one, for some it could be 10, so can't really say.”

However, the game has become a two-match series as the series opener in Dharamshala has been washed out.

"It is a bit of a negative," said de Kock. "We would like to have played three games against the Indian team. Leading into the World Cup, to lose out on a game in different conditions, it is not ideal but it is what it is."

After the IPL final, Quinton de Kock had said an interesting comment, calling the win with Mumbai Indies was the biggest achievement of his career. He still feels the same as well.

"It is the biggest thing I have won so far. What can I say. If we win a World Cup that would be the biggest achievement. IPL final is a big achievement for any cricketer. As cricketers we want to be part of IPL finals and World Cup finals. Everyone has opinion. My opinion is mine. It is the biggest thing I have achieved so far," he concluded.

While he was asked about the Virat Kohli versus Kagiso Rabada contest, he said, "They both are good players in their own way. It will be a good contest. They like being very positive in the way they play."

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