Ahead of the upcoming T20I series against England, South African coach and former wicketkeeper-batsman, Mark Boucher, lavished praise for skipper Quinton de Kock.
Boucher hopes that the new South African captain emulates MS Dhoni’s formula of success for the team as a captain keeping wickets.
MS Dhoni was named the captain ahead of the inaugural season of the T20 World Cup in 2007. Since then, he never looked back and clinched all ICC titles along with several IPL championships.
“A lot of people questioned MS Dhoni when he was the captain of India but I think he has a great captaincy record‚” Boucher told the media.
Skipper De Kock led the Protean charge against England in the ODI series, amassing 187 runs in the series, helping the hosts level series with the world champions. Boucher backs De Kock, tagging him as the right man for the job, looking at the future of South African cricket.
“Quinny (De Kock) enjoys being in the game. On the field he leads well‚ he makes good captaining decisions and off the field, he is pretty chilled and that can be good for the youngsters,” added the 43-year old from East London.
Boucher, who hit the winning runs against Australia in the famous 429-run chase, showed his faith on the left-hander, to lead the way by example, until the next ODI world cup.
“Him opening the batting‚ keeping wicket and captaining can be sustainable in the lead up to the World Cup in 2023,” added Boucher, according to Times Live.
The former cricketer, who had to retire from the game due to an injury to the eye while keeping wickets, also heaped praise on the southpaw’s cricketing brain.
“On the field, we always knew that he has a very smart cricketing brain‚ he showed that with different field placings which I thought were very good. He thinks outside the box,” concluded Boucher.