De Kock puts a fresh spin on training
or wicketkeeper to experience all the angles they could face in a match.
“The product was developed to help all batters and keepers play spin,” De Kock said.
The 2016 ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year was proud of the final product: “It wasn’t easy to get to what I had in mind for the mat. From the actual thoughts behind the design to the testing, I kept developing it until I was completely satisfied. It’s been an exciting journey.”
South African batsmen have for years struggled against topclass spinners, most notably on the spin-friendly pitches of the subcontinent.
De Kock said his new innovation may be the answer to the Proteas’s spin problems.
“Cricket is a humbling sport and you need to constantly improve your game, no matter how experienced you are,” he added.
“My teammates think it’s a great innovation and are just as excited as I am to use it.
“There are many great spin bowlers in the world, and the pitches in different conditions and environments all play a part.
“Hopefully, my innovation will help us deal with spinners from all over the world.”
The Proteas will face Bangladesh, a subcontinental team that has an abundance of quality spin bowlers, in two weeks’ time.
De Kock said that South Africa are able to turn around their fortunes after a disappointing tour to England last month:
“I personally feel like I am in great shape. I train very hard every day. As do the rest of the guys. I’m excited to play in front of the home crowd.
“As much as cricket is a team sport it’s also a very individual sport and every player needs to be on top of his game.
“Hopefully we are able to give the home crowd something to cheer about when we face off against Bangladesh.”
Asked what he has made of the recent appointment of Ottis Gibson as the new Proteas coach, De Kock said: “I like to focus on my own game rather than on factors which are out of my control.”
King Edward School’s Eugene Marx and Quinton de Kock.