Quinton De Kock Sidelined As Durban Super Giants Appoint New Captain
Keshav Maharaj will lead DSG in upcoming SA20 | Source; Twitter
In the latest turn of events, Durban Super Giants, the sister franchise of Goenka-owned Lucknow Super Giants have appointed Keshav Maharaj as their new captain for the second edition of the SA20 tournament.
Notably, Quinton de Kock led the Super Giants in the first edition of the tournament. However, the team's performance was below par, resulting in a fifth-place finish on the points table, thereby missing out on the playoffs.
The Durban franchise took to social media to announce Keshav Maharaj as the player set to take on leadership responsibilities for the upcoming season:
In his T20I career for South Africa, Keshav Maharaj has played 25 matches, accumulating 69 runs and claiming 22 wickets at an economy rate of 7.22 and an average of 27.5.
However, his stint in SA20 fell short of expectations, as he managed a mere 34 runs and claimed four wickets in 10 matches.
The primary rationale behind this decision might be to allow Quinton de Kock to play with more freedom, as leadership doesn't come naturally to him.
Meanwhile, Keshav Maharaj has already showcased his skills as a competent leader in the limited opportunities he has had to captain the South Africa team thus far.
With a stellar performance in the 2023 SA20, Quinton de Kock emerged as the fifth leading run-scorer, mustering 271 runs in 10 matches at an average of 30.11 and a staggering strike rate of 151.39.
In addition to him, Heinrich Klaasen also played a key role in the Durban Super Giants' SA20 campaign, amassing a total of 363 runs in 10 matches with a strike rate of around 165. He finished the tournament as the fourth highest run-getter.