• Watch: Nkwe, De Kock address Dharamsala media

    Interim team director Enoch Nkwe and captain Quinton de Kock address the media after arriving in Dharamsala for the Proteas’ three T20Is against India this month.

    De Kock will lead the XI in the absence of batsman Faf du Plessis, who has retained the Test captaincy but was not selected for this three-T20I series.

    ‘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,’ said Nkwe.

    ‘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.’

    The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala will host the first T20I on Sunday. Four years ago, the Proteas beat India in the shortest format at this venue, despite a superb century from batsman Rohit Sharma.

    India posted a final total of 199-5, after which the tourists reached 200-3 on the back of brisk half-centuries from the now retired AB de Villiers and JP Duminy. De Kock didn’t play.

    ‘I haven’t played here myself. I’ve been here before, but I haven’t played here. The last time we were here, the wicket did play very well. I think Sharma got a ton here, but we ended up chasing it down,’ added De Kock.

    ‘So, in the one game I’ve experienced here, it could be a good wicket. But we’re coming into the unknown, so we’ll have to assess quickly, and then just adapt.’

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