Boucher backs de Kock as long-term Proteas skipper

Proteas Team Director Mark Boucher has backed Quinton de Kock to lead the team to the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

De Kock was named ODI skipper ahead of the England series and will also lead the T20I side in another three-match series against the tourists.

Boucher backs the new skipper

Boucher feels that de Kock is an excellent choice as skipper because of his ‘cricketing brain’ but conceded that the wicketkeeper might need some help in the press box.

There are some concerns about the workload of de Kock as he leads the side on top of opening the batting and keeping wicket, but Boucher feels, if managed correctly, the 27-year-old could lead the side for years to come.

“On the field, we always knew that Quinny has got a very smart cricketing brain,” Boucher said after the two-wicket defeat to England at the Wanderers on Sunday (9 February). 

“There were a couple of different field placings, which I thought were very good and thinking out the box.

“Quinny is unique, and I think the uniqueness of him can work wonders in a dressing room like this because we’ve got a unique set-up as well.

“I’m happy with how he has done so far and he’ll probably grow to be a lot better.”

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 23: Proteas coach Mark Boucher during the South African national mens cricket team training session at SuperSport Park on December 24, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Anne Laing/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

As arguably still the best wicketkeeper South Africa have ever had, Boucher knows all too well the rigours of the position. He captained South Africa four times in Test cricket and once in the ODI game, always as a stand-in but feels that de Kock can handle the responsibility full-time. 

Can de Kock be the next Dhoni?

Boucher pointed to the example of ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni who is one of India’s greatest captains despite also keeping wicket.

“A lot of people questioned (MS) Dhoni when he was captain of India and I think he had a great captaincy record,” said Boucher.

“Quinny enjoys being in the game. Sometimes he sits in the changeroom during Test match cricket and he gets really irritated because he wants to be doing something all the time.

“The off the field stuff is something that might get to him a bit and we might have to help him in that regard, but on the field he leads well and off the field he’s pretty chilled.

“I think it can be sustainable.”

The first T20I against England takes place at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday.

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