Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
South Africa limited-overs wicket-keeper batsman and captain Quinton de Kock has settled down with the role of captaincy and feels his side is heading in the right direction ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
De Kock took over the reins from Faf du Plessis in limited-overs cricket of late and Proteas performed reasonably well after he got the captain's armband. They defeated Australia 3-0 in the ODI series at home a few months ago.
"I took it pretty slowly, I am still trying to get a feel of how to go about things. I have learnt quite a bit and I didn't do too badly," he told Cricket South Africa.
The young captain considers his side to be undergoing a rebuilding phase in the One Day format but he deems everybody has got the hang of things as far as T20 is concerned. De Kock is pretty content with the performances against Australia.
"It was more about taking it step-by-step, not just throwing out what I think straight away to the team. We are busy rebuilding as a limited-overs team, especially ODIs. Twenty20 I think we know what is going on.
"The series against Australia ... we had quite a young team and they had a powerhouse side, so for us to beat them 3-0 was a highlight," De Kock added.
With 25 fifties and 15 tons in ODI cricket to his name, De Kock has been the consistent performer and often the architect of wins. He has got Wolrd Cup experience under his belt and is tipped to lead the team well in the marquee event but the opening batsman is not complacent at all.
"I played decently, there was a time when I was starting to get grumpy at not converting my starts into big scores, especially in the test series against England," De Kock said.
"I want to get better, to start scoring big hundreds for the team, that is the most important thing to get going now."
South Africa's next assignment is a five T20Is and two Test match series in July but just like all other series being deferred, this bilateral tour is also in jeopardy of being scrapped due to the coronavirus threat.
"I’m not sure what will happen, every country has their regulations they must adhere to. It is just a matter of waiting for this to go past and then we can get on with the game again," De Kock opined.