Gautam Gambhir Compares Proteas Star With Kumar Sangakkara And Brian Lara
Quinton de Kock will have his task cut out against India in the upcoming T20I series. The Proteas batting mainstay will not only have to be the main man with the bat but will also have to lead the side. Quinton de Kock will be making his captaincy debut against India and could not have asked for a tougher start.
India have almost looked like invincible at home and beating them would take something really special from the visitors. A lot will depend on how Quinton de Kock fares as a batsman and a captain. And ahead of the start of the series, the South Africa skipper has received some motivation from an unlikely source – former India batsman Gautam Gambhir.
The ex-cricketer-turned-politician lavished praise on Quinton de Kock and went on to compare him with legendary cricketers Brian Lara and Kumar Sangakkara. Gambhir also hoped that the Proteas star would deliver as captain. At the same time, he also said that he would not like to see the wicketkeeper-batsman sacrifices the ‘fluidity of his batting’ due to captaincy.
“In the context of South Africa’s tour of India, the visitors may relate to this as this is their first international engagement after a forgetful World Cup campaign. I like Quinton de Kock. He is one of those gorgeous left-handers which I always aspired to be but could never be. In full flow, he reminds me of Kumara Sangakkara and Brian Lara. Hopefully, he delivers as a captain but not at the cost of curtailing fluidity of his batting,” Gambhir wrote in his column for the The Times of India.Quinton de Kock (Credits: Twitter)
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The ex-opener then shifted his focus at the young Indian players. India have named a number of young players in the T20I squad in order to try them out ahead of next’s year T20 World Cup. Gambhir said that the series will be a chance for the players to cement their place in the team.
“It is another opportunity for young Indian batsmen to cement their place in the side. Manish Pandey looks much younger than his age of 29. Shreyas Iyer explained enough in the West Indies that he is a great deal more than the ‘South Bombay’ swag. KL Rahul is a force in white-ball format. Rishabh Pant is always exciting but he has to watch his back as my favorite Sanju Samson is throwing some serious challenges at him. It is an exciting series as there are a lot of individual battles going on considering the T20 World Cup next year,” wrote Gambhir.