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So why did Quinton de Kock get on his knees? South Africa in noticeable U-turn after frenzied talks

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock showed a timid figure as he knelt before a four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday.

It marked the conclusion of a series of heartbreaking events in which a former national hero was ridiculed for a personal decision and appeared on the verge of withdrawing from the World Cup.

Instead, de Kock made a notable U-turn after frantic conversations with officials who were desperate to keep their former captain on board and defuse the storm of attention.

South Africa's Quinton de Kock knelt before the T20 World Cup clash against Sri Lanka on Saturday after refusing to do so earlier this week.

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock knelt before the T20 World Cup clash against Sri Lanka on Saturday after refusing to do so earlier this week.

And after kneeling in Sharjah, De Kock scored 12 of 10 balls as South Africa beat Sri Lanka 142.

However, given the tensions between the player and the management, you fear that this dispute is not over. Because, until now, he is a player whose sources of tension with the referees and disciplinary issues have been kept out of the media.

“ He has always danced to his own tune and has never liked being told what to do, ” said a former national assistant coach. Sportsmail.

After being reinstated in the team, De Kock knelt before the Sri Lanka game in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

After being reinstated in the team, De Kock knelt before the Sri Lanka game in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

After being reinstated in the team, De Kock knelt before the Sri Lanka game in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

“He needed careful management and the coach always had to wonder if Quinton was being difficult, if he really mattered or if he was just being himself,” the coach said.

De Kock, one of the most destructive hitters in the world, was certainly being himself when he pulled out of the showdown with the Windies on Tuesday. The orders were orders and he decided to reject them.

The directive that came from the Cricket South Africa board of directors arrived approximately five hours before the game and enraged De Kock. It simmered on the two-hour bus ride from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.

Earlier this week, Cricket South Africa ordered its players to kneel after their disjointed support for the Black Lives Matter movement against Australia last week (above)

Earlier this week, Cricket South Africa ordered its players to kneel following their disjointed support for the Black Lives Matter movement against Australia last week (above)

Earlier this week, Cricket South Africa ordered its players to kneel after their disjointed support for the Black Lives Matter movement against Australia last week (above)

De Kock is seen on the far left here choosing not to kneel before a T20 match against Sri Lanka last September.

De Kock is seen on the far left here choosing not to kneel before a T20 match against Sri Lanka last September.

De Kock is seen on the far left here choosing not to kneel before a T20 match against Sri Lanka last September.

De Kock's U-turn came after clear conversations with Cricket South Africa - there were concerns that he would have played his last game for his country.

De Kock's U-turn came after clear conversations with Cricket South Africa - there were concerns that he would have played his last game for his country.

De Kock’s U-turn came after clear conversations with Cricket South Africa – there were concerns that he would have played his last game for his country.

Only upon arrival did captain Temba Bavuma learn that the team’s best hitter and goalie would not be available. “We were surprised and puzzled, but he has his reasons and he’s an adult and he puts himself in his own shoes, and we respect him,” Bavuma said.

However, not everyone respected him. On Thursday, De Kock backed off with an apology after what he said were “very emotional” conversations with the team’s management. In it he said he was “perfectly happy” to kneel.

“ I am deeply sorry for all the pain, confusion and anger that I have caused, ” his statement read, and then he explains that he is from a mixed-race family, adding: “ For me, the lives of blacks have mattered since i was born. ‘

But even in his apology he couldn’t resist focusing on the rights that he felt had been trampled on by the board.

“I was raised to understand that we all have rights and they are important.” he continued. “I felt my rights had been taken away from me when they told me what to do the way they told us.”

But de Kock has always been his own man. As a teenager on the South African U19 team, he had a flare-up with head coach Ray Jennings in which he had to be taken away from the former goalkeeper.

De Kock decided on the coach's trip to the ground before the West Indies game that he would not kneel and not appear in the game.

De Kock decided on the coach's trip to the ground before the West Indies game that he would not kneel and not appear in the game.

De Kock decided on the coach’s trip to the ground before the West Indies game that he would not kneel and not appear in the game.

His replacement, Heinrich Klaasen (left), knelt before Tuesday's victory.

His replacement, Heinrich Klaasen (left), knelt before Tuesday's victory.

His replacement, Heinrich Klaasen (left), knelt before Tuesday’s victory.

The 28-year-old from Johannesburg would often choose a weekend camping in the bush or walking his dogs over playing a game of cricket. He fell in love and out of love with the game.

On the first occasion, it was a televised game for over 50 for his national franchise team and he appeared on the fold in black shoes and the wrong colored pads in protest and was quickly fired. The second time around, he was experiencing his first significant drop in the test team after a long season and was eliminated.

South African sport in general lags behind other countries in reacting to player needs and De Kock is one of many who have considered leaving cricket for it.

For now, peace has been restored in the South African camp. “We have had some time to get over everything that has been going on,” Bavuma said yesterday. Quinton is in much better shape.

However, peace, given De Kock’s story, is not guaranteed to last long.

De Kock has long chosen to stand up while his teammates knelt in previous matches.

De Kock has long chosen to stand up while his teammates knelt in previous matches.

De Kock has long chosen to stand up while his teammates knelt in previous matches.

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