South Africa’s newly appointed T20 skipper Quinton de Kock stirred controversy when he had mentioned that winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Mumbai Indians was a more emotionally intense experience compared to losing the 2015 World Cup semi-final to New Zealand.
His words were seen as disrespectful to the national colours he dons for South Africa and added to the perception of players preferring T20 leagues over international duty. Ahead of the second T20 against India, de Kock clarified that he was earlier alluding to the fact he had actually won an IPL tournament as opposed to the World Cup, hence the two cannot be compared.
"What must I say?" It is the biggest thing I have won so far. I haven't won a World Cup. So obviously once I win a World Cup, if I do, that will be the biggest ever thing I have done in my career. So far it is an IPL,” the Proteas batsman said.