South African ODI and Test skipper Faf du Plessis was ignored from selection for the upcoming three-match T20I series against India. There were also reports that du Plessis has been rested but going by the statements released by South Africa team director Enoch Nkwe, it looks like Quinton de Kock will be leading the team in the shortest format of the game.
Its an opportunity to build the team
"I strongly believe that we have a good enough squad. We have a good leader here. It's also an opportunity to start building for the future. We know where Faf stands, as a captain and as a player. He's done great things for South African cricket. We also need to look at what the future looks like. We believe in Quinton, who's going to be leading the team in this series," quoted Enoch Nkwe.
The team director feels that they have got experience in this side and de Kock himself has played a lot cricket in India. He also aimed at being competitive in the three-match series. Nkwe mentioned that they are aware of the strength of the home team.
"If you look at the group of guys, we've got good enough experience. The captain himself has played a lot of cricket here in India. We've got fresh blood that is coming into the squad and that's very exciting. We'll be competitive. We want to walk away with a series win. The entire squad is very determined. We're here to win. We understand that the opposition is strong in their backyard, but that's something we're going to leave on the park. We're going to give 100%,” he added.
Nkwe stated that they are currently concentrating on the India tour. South Africa is also investing in young talent for the T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia. The Proteas team director revealed that India T20Is will decide on the team would be build for the future.
"The focus for now is this coming series against India. We're looking to invest in a good foundation going into the T20 World Cup next year in Australia. But we still have a lot of games. We have about 20 games. So we'll reassess the situation after these three games against India and see where we're at, and how we build into the England series and so on. But for now the focus is the Indian series," Nkwe concluded.