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Mark Boucher: Quinton De Kock Has Enormous Workload To Lead South Africa In Test Cricket

Mark Boucher, the South Africa head coach feels that limited-overs skipper wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock has too many tasks to handle and believes the management will look for a fresh face to lead the Test side.

Proteas former Test skipper Faf du Plessis stepped down as South Africa’s T20 and Test skipper in February 2020. His place is yet to be filled and according to the head coach, Quinton De Kock will not lead the Proteas red-ball team.

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher. (Photo Credit: Getty Images.)

Mark Boucher Believes Quinton De Kock Has A High Workload

Faf Du Plessis was appointed as South Africa’s full-time T20I captain in February 2013, before he took over the Test captaincy from AB de Villiers in 2016. In September 2017, he was named the ODI captain. Under him, South Africa made the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2014.

The last 12 months, however, were not as expected for the 35-year-old. During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, South Africa was knocked out of birth in semi-final early. Faf Du Plessis was later dropped for the ODI series against England, with Quinton De Kock taking over the reins.

“I think Quinny’s (Quinton de Kock) workload is pretty high. He showed good results in the T20s and the One-Dayers that he’s taken over. The last conversation I had with Quinny around this topic was in India where he felt that the workload was going to be a little high for him. Whoever is the captain will probably use Quinny’s brain to good effect as a keeper, you see things from probably the best angle. I’m sure he’ll add a lot of value just being Quinton de Kock within the Test team,” Boucher was quoted a saying in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) release.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. Credits: Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI

“We will look to select someone else for the Test role. One of the things that we’ve learned from a side like England is a guy like Eoin Morgan comes in, and he’s got a lot of time to plan because he’s not involved in the Test team. So, when he goes away from white-ball cricket, he’s got an opportunity to sit down and plan, so when they sit down as a white ball team again, there’s an obvious direction of where they want to go,” the former wicketkeeper said.

Quinton De Kock, 27, had replaced Faf du Plessis as ODI skipper in January 2020 with South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith announcing in April that the wicket-keeper batsman would not be appointed as Test captain. Quinton De Kock had a discussion regarding the said matter with coach Mark Boucher.

Mark Boucher Feels Appointing Different Skipper For Each Format Gives Freshness

Mark Boucher also said that appointing a different Test skipper will bring freshness in the side. There is not a lot of time in between to switch from one format to another in case a captain is involved in each of the three formats according to Mark Boucher.

“Sometimes when a player and especially the captain is involved in all three formats, it can be an automatic swap from format to the other because there’s not a lot of time in between. So that’s positive, you get a captain who can sit down and really plan what he wants, and he can try to drive that vision to the players, and it gives you some freshness when there’s a short turnaround time between the formats,” Boucher said.

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 2019-20 campaign prematurely ended in March when the corona-virus forced the South African team to cut short their limited-overs tour to India, while local cricket in the nation also ended abruptly a few days later.

There has been a lot of dilemma within the CSA as the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) asked the country’s cricketing board to step aside. However, the SASCOC had clarified that they are just abiding the law in the country and there is no government interference of any regard whatsoever.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) started their journey in the IPL 2020 with a victory after beating SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 10 runs in the third game of this tournament at Dubai.

After winning the toss, SunRisers Hyderabad captain David Warner decided to field first. Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 163/5 (20 overs) in the first innings. In reply, SunRisers Hyderabad were bowled out for 153 runs (19.4 overs).

IPL 2020, Match 3: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (SRH vs RCB) – Match Report

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) innings: Middle-order collapse forced David Warner-led SRH to lose their season opener

SRH captain David Warner (6), who won his third IPL Orange Cap in the last season (2019), lost his wicket in the second over after his opening partner Jonny Bairstow‘s straight shot was deflected to the non-striker-end stumps by the RCB pacer Umesh Yadav, which forced the Aussie cricketer to get run-out due to staying outside the crease during the ball hit the non-striker-end stumps.

However, opener Bairstow and the next batsman Manish Pandey handled that early situation very well and set up the crucial 71 runs partnership for the second wicket. While Pandey lost his wicket on 34 runs, Bairstow completed his half-century nine balls later of Pandey’s wicket. The wicket-keeper batsman Bairstow completed his half-century in 37 balls by hitting a four.

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Jonny Bairstow (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)

During the 16th over of that innings, RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal finally bowled Bairstow for 61 runs off 43 balls (6 fours and 2 sixes). In the very next ball, Chahal again bowled the new batsman Vijay Shankar (0).

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Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

In the next over Shivam Dube bowled Priyam Garg for 12 runs. At the end of that 17th over, Abhishek Sharma and Rashid Khan had a big collision in the middle of the pitch that forced Abhishek (7) to lose his wicket through a run-out. Meanwhile, Rashid Khan received a horrific injury on his head. But he took the bat and continue his game after getting some on-field treatment.

In the next over, Navdeep Saini dismissed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a duck. Two balls later, on the final ball of the 18th over, Rashid Khan (6) was bowled by Saini.

In the 19th over, Shivam Dube got his second wicket after dismissing Mitchell Marsh for a golden duck.

Dale Steyn (1/33) picked up his first wicket in this season after dismissing the last SRH batsman Sandeep Sharma (9) in the final over of the match.

Player of the Match award winner Yuzvendra Chahal finished the match with the incredible bowling figures of 4-0-18-3. Also, Navdeep Saini (2/25) and Shivam Dube (2/15) got two wickets each in that innings.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) innings: Debutant Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers scored half-centuries

RCB started the IPL 2020 with the new opening partner – IPL debutant Devdutt Padikkal and their new Australian cricketer Aaron Finch. The new opening partnership was totally hit as they first managed 53/0 at the end of the mandatory powerplay and stretched that first wicket partnership to 90 runs.

On his IPL debut, Padikkal completed his 50 in 36 balls – first half-century for an IPL debutant after the IPL 2016. After scoring 56 runs off 42 balls (8 fours), Padikkal lost his wicket as Vijay Shankar bowled him.

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Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: IPL)

On the next ball, the left-arm spinner Abhishek Sharma took the wicket of another opener Aaron Finch, who scored 29 runs off 27 balls (only four and 2 sixes).

Captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers started their batting by maintaining their strong bonding as they were busy to add runs through singles and doubles. Though Kohli lost his wicket for 14 runs after the 33-run partnership with De Villiers for the third wicket, De Villiers continued his batting till the last over in that innings.

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Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers (Image Credit: IPL)

The former Proteas cricketer, De Villiers completed his half-century in 29 balls. After scoring 51 runs off 30 balls (4 fours and 2 sixes) and setting up the 39-run partnership with Shivam Dube for the fourth wicket, De Villiers was run-out.

IPL 2020, Match 3: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (SRH vs RCB) – Twitter Reactions

On Monday (21st September) evening, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) claimed a 10-run victory in their tournament-opening match against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai).

SunRisers Hyderabad captain David Warner decided to field first after winning the toss. While Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to score 163/5 (20 overs) in the first innings, they restricted SunRisers Hyderabad to 153 runs (19.4 overs).

Brief Scores: RCB – 163/5 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 56, AB de Villiers 51; Vijay Shankar 1/14)

SRH – 153 in 19.4 overs (Jonny Bairstow 61, Manish Pandey 34, Yuzvendra Chahal 3/18)

The result – RCB won by 10 runs

IPL 2020, Match 3: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (SRH vs RCB) – Statistical Highlights

(Teams’ stats)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

i) Royal Challengers Bangalore won this match by 10 runs.

  • Since IPL 2017, it was the first victory for RCB in their IPL season opener. Before this victory, RCB suffered three straight defeats in their previous three IPL season openers (2017, 2018 and 2019). 

 

(Players’ stats)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore, SRH vs RCB, Stats, Statistical Highlights
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI)

i) It was the 50th IPL victory for Virat Kohli as a captain.

  • Virat Kohli becomes the fourth captain to win at least 50 IPL matches. As an RCB captain like him, all these other three captains have managed to claim 50 or more IPL victories for a team. 

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch, Royal Challengers Bangalore, SRH vs RCB, Stats, Statistical Highlights
Aaron Finch (Image Credit: IPL)

i) RCB is the eighth IPL team for Australian cricketer Aaron Finch.

  • Aaron Finch becomes the first cricketer to play for eight different IPL teams.

Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal, Royal Challengers Bangalore, SRH vs RCB, Stats, Statistical Highlights
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: IPL)

i) On his IPL debut, Devdutt Padikkal scored 56 runs.

  • Devdutt Padikkal is the second RCB batsman to score a half-century on IPL debut. Shreevats Goswami was the first RCB batsman to score a fifty on IPL debut as he scored 52 (against Delhi Daredevils at Bengaluru on 19th May 2008).
  • After Sam Billings (Delhi Daredevils) in IPL 2016, Padikkal became the first batsman to score a fifty on IPL debut.
  • Padikkal is the 8th Indian batsman to score a fifty on IPL debut.

Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal

i) RCB openers Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal put the 90 run partnership for the first wicket.

  • It was the second-highest opening partnership for RCB against SRH. Their record partnership in this list is 114 runs partnership between Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli at Bengaluru on 29th May 2016. 
  • It was the fifth-highest partnership for any wicket for RCB against SRH. 

AB de Villiers

Royal Challengers Bangalore, SRH vs RCB, Stats, Statistical Highlights
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: IPL)

i) South African cricketer AB de Villiers has hit 201 IPL sixes for RCB.

  • AB de Villiers is the second batsman to hit 200+ IPL sixes for RCB. Their former cricketer Chris Gayle was the first batsman to achieve this feat as the left-handed batsman smashed 239 IPL sixes for this team.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Royal Challengers Bangalore, SRH vs RCB, Stats, Statistical Highlights
Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

i) Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal had the bowling figures of 4-0-18-3.

  • It is the best bowling figures by an RCB bowler against SRH. The previous record was 3-0-24-3 by Washington Sundar at Bengaluru on 4th May 2019. 

 

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)

David Warner

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David Warner (Image Credit: Getty Images)

i) It was the 48th game for Australian cricketer David Warner as an IPL captain.

  • David Warner is now the third most-capped overseas captain in IPL history by surpassing former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara (47 IPL matches as captain). Only the former Australian cricketers Adam Gilchrist (74 matches) and Shane Warne (55 matches) have managed to lead more times in IPL history. 

Jonny Bairstow

SunRisers Hyderabad, SRH vs RCB, Stats, Statistical Highlights
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: IPL)

i) Wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow scored 61 runs.

  • It was the third-highest individual score for an SRH batsman against RCB in the second innings of a match. The top two scores in this list are 81 by Kane Williamson and 62* by Manish Pandey both at Bengaluru on 17th May 2018.

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