Ben Stokes stages a Comeback, while Quinton de Kock bids adieu to ODIs

In a recent announcement, South African wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock disclosed his decision to retire from ODI cricket after the conclusion of the 2023 World Cup in India. This move, though not entirely unexpected, marks another addition to the growing trend of cricketers bidding farewell to the 50-over format.

Cricket analyst Aakash Chopra shed light on this development, drawing attention to de Kock’s decision. He also drew comparisons to the return of England’s all-rounder, Ben Stokes.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra highlighted the divergent paths taken by Quinton de Kock and Ben Stokes.

“According to Quinton de Kock, this ODI World Cup will be his last and he won’t play in this format again. Ben Stokes has returned, Quinton de Kock is bidding farewell and Ben Stokes has returned probably only for the World Cup,” he said.

De Kock’s decision implies that he will not be available for future ODI series, including the anticipated clash against India.

Chopra elaborated on this, stating, “Quinton de Kock has declared that he will fulfill his BBL (Big Bash League) commitment and will not partake in ODI cricket. This means that when India visits South Africa, you won’t see Quinton de Kock in action.”

Quinton de Kock’s ODI career has been nothing short of remarkable. In 141 ODIs, he has amassed a staggering 5,977 runs at an exceptional average of 44.60. His aggressive playing style and ability to anchor innings have made him a formidable force in the limited-overs format.

However, with his retirement from Test cricket a couple of years ago, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, it appears that de Kock is prioritizing his personal life over cricketing commitments.