Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s wicketkeeper, will miss the second and third Tests in the three-match series against India. De Kock will be on paternity leave during this time because he and his wife are expecting a child. He is currently playing in the upcoming Boxing Day Test in Centurion, where he scored 34 runs after coming out to bat at 32/4.

De Kock was expected to miss at least the third Test, but after the third day of play in Centurion, a commentator announced that he will miss the final two matches of the series. South Africa and India will play the New Year Test in Johannesburg beginning in January, with the final Test starting on January 11 in Cape Town.

South Africa has two more wicket keepers in the squad, Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton, and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod. De Kock’s absence, on the other hand, will be a significant loss for the team, since his experience will be missed.

His potential replacements have little experience playing in the game’s longest format. Verreynne has only appeared in two Test matches so far, while Ryan Rickelton has yet to play for his country. In the present Test match, India managed to score 327 runs in the first innings, due to a brilliant century from KL Rahul. The tourists had hoped to reach 400 runs, but a collapse on Day three was initiated by Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada, with India losing their final seven wickets for only 55 runs in the opening session.

South Africa’s batsmen, on the other hand, struggled to respond, and were left reeling at 32/4 at one point. Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj, India’s pace trio, didn’t let the hitters off the hook by picking up wickets with the new ball. De Kock and Temba Bavuma’s connection, on the other hand, helped the home side recover a little.