‘Kirsten can take De Kock to next level’

2014-04-16 00:00

THE “phenomenal” coaching of Gary Kirsten can take the talented natural stroke-player Quinton de Kock to the next level, especially in his approach to spin bowling, but coaches at lower levels and the national selectors must not make costly errors when discussing De Kock, says former Protea Boeta Dippenaar.

The 21-year old De Kock was bought at the Indian Premier League auction by the Delhi Daredevils, where he will possibly open the batting for the franchise in this year’s competition, which starts today.

Dippenaar is excited about the prospect that De Kock will link up with Kirsten, whose man-management and coaching could take him to the next level. Kirsten was a World Cup-winning coach with India in 2011 and was also at the helm of the South African team when they beat England and Australia away from home in Tests in 2012.

De Kock has made major strides since scoring his maiden One-Day International century, 112 against Pakistan, in November 2013.

He smashed three consecutive tons against an Indian team strengthened by the presence of two world-class spinners in Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. De Kock also made his Test debut at St George’s (PE) against Australia and scored a useful 34 in the second innings.

“One mistake that coaches at lower levels should not make, is to change Quinton’s batting style and approach. He is a natural attacking player. You should not conform a dasher into an accumulator,” hesaid.

Dippenaar added that the national selectors have invested in De Kock by selecting him for the Test team.

They should not take a step backwards now and overlook him for the Test team for the Sri Lankan tour, as it could be a costly mistake and detrimental to his confidence. Geoffrey Toyana, De Kock’s franchise coach at the Highveld Lions, said De Kock’s game is complete, but he can still learn more in terms of game plans and executions. — SuperSport.com.

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