Quinton de Kock
24-Year-Old Wicketkeeper South Africa
October 23, 2017 Quinton de Kock News
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De Kock opened with 73 off 68 including nine boundaries and one maximum in Sunday's ODI victory over Bangladesh at East London.
De Kock was named Man of the Series after his tremendous run of form. He took four catches, had an unbeaten century, a half-century and no scores below 46. On Sunday, even without his traditional opening partner in Hashim Amla, who was rested after they locked up the series, he and Temba Bavuma went for 119 on the opening wicket to put the pressure on the wilting Bangladeshi attack. The 24-year-old wicketkeeper has fast become one of the Proteas' most reliable batsmen and in 19 ODI innings this year, has two centuries, seven fifties and is averaging 53.11.
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Fantasy AnalysisDe Kock carries tremendous responsibility for a 24-year-old, opening, wearing the gloves and has been one of the only reliable run-scorers; however, he showed no ill-effects of the weight of his task. His unbeaten 168 was just 10 runs shy of his top score and recorded his 13th half-century. His nearly 50 percent conversion rate in ODIs with 27 fifty-plus scores in 86 innings puts him amongst the best batsmen in the 50-overs format as his score brought his average up to 45.51.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first Test innings at Lord's de Kock slammed the second-fastest fifty at the home of cricket. His quick fire half-century helped South Africa to 361, 97 runs behind England. The keeper's 10th ODI half-century came from 36 balls and included 10 fours, two balls short of the fastest 5 50 at the venue.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter losing fellow opener Hashim Amla on 35 in the 18th, de Kock found a willing partner in Faf du Plessis, who scored on each of his first seven deliveries faced. South Africa's run rate responded positively, ringing in at 4.7 after 20 overs and 4.83 at the end of the 24th. Notching his 50 in the latter over was seemingly a good omen for de Kock, as he had locked down a ton in the previous five ODIs against India in which he reached a half-century. However, just two balls into the next over, his off stump was struck by Ravindra Jadeja, kick-starting the Proteas' demise. Including three matches in the Champions Trophy, de Kock averaged 41 with a strike rate of 77.35, while scooping up seven catches and one stumping in six recent ODIs in England.
Fantasy AnalysisNeeding 331 on the chase in an away match, the opener de Kock was staring down the barrel, but confidently hit boundary after boundary before a slow ball by Moeen Ali caught an edge to the wicketkeeper just two runs shy of his 13th ODI hundred. Since returning from injury, de Kock has scores of 104, 0, 5 and now 98; however, for South Africa to find success in the Champions Trophy, de Kock will need to be more consistent. With the gloves, he does have five catches in the last two matches and has shown himself to be as strong behind the wicket as he has with the bat.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first international match since March, de Kock skyed an attempted drive to a diving Jos Buttler, who ended up at short fine-leg to take the catch. The wicketkeeper missed the IPL after an injury to his finger during the Proteas' tour of New Zealand earlier this year. South Africa shouldn't be too worried about his form, though. In his first competitive match since his injury layoff, he smashed 104 when they played Sussex in a warm-up match last week.
Fantasy AnalysisDelhi Daredevil's top scorer from last year will be out of the tournament this year with the finger injury sustained during the Test series against New Zealand, where he performed highly. Coach Rahul Dravid knew how big a loss this was for his side, saying, "Quinton is a big loss because he played so many games for us and was one of our main batsmen. We had built him up for this season, but this is how life is and you cannot do much about it." The Daredevils last year narrowly missed out on a top-4 finish with a loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final match hindering their progress.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite battling an injured tendon on his right index finger, de Kock motored along, blasting 11 fours and two sixes in his 118-ball innings. 12 of the 24-year-old's 29 Test innings have resulted in scores of 50 or more, and he boasts an average of 49.12. The wicketkeeper-batsman helped rescue South Africa from a precarious position, walking in with his side 148/5. de Kock was fabulous while batting with the tail, adding 46 runs for the ninth wicket with fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.
Fantasy Analysisde Kock has reportedly done tendon damage to his right index finger with a scan showing the damage and a possible fracture being ruled out due to the nature of the injury. Even if De Kock is able to bat damage free, his availability for the upcoming IPL season will be in doubt as he will need between four and six weeks to completely recover from the injury. The Champions Trophy in England will also be on the minds of the player and staff of the South African team.
Fantasy AnalysisThe wicketkeeper-batsman has been in excellent form in his last three ODI's (with a duck in the only T20I against New Zealand thrown in for good measure), with two half-centuries and a century while taking four catches as well. The 24-year-old now has 10 half-centuries (and 12 tons) in 75 ODI's and has quickly established himself as one of the most feared batsmen in the format. He'll look to continue this stretch of strong scores in Wednesday's second ODI of the series at Christchurch as South Africa looks for their 13th-consecutive ODI victory.
Fantasy AnalysisIt took just 80 balls for de Kock to bring up his 12th ODI century for South Africa at the age of 24. His innings included a total of 16 fours and the wicketkeeper batsman was dismissed for 109 by Suranga Lakmal in the 27th over.
Fantasy AnalysisThe wicketkeeper had a tremendous run with the gloves in the first Test of the series, picking up six catches to go along with a half-century in the second innings, but showed how lethal he can be with the bat at Cape Town, picking up his third Test ton in his 15th match. With his average above 50, de Kock has quickly established himself as one of South Africa's best batsmen since making his debut less than three years ago at Port Elizabeth against Australia.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 23-year-old wicketkeeper found his form with the bat in South Africa's two tune-ups, going for a century in one and 99 in the other. In the first Test of the series, he picked up a pair of half-centuries, numbers five and six in his 11-match Test career and picked up his second Test hundred in a masterclass performance to put away Australia without batting a second time. He also picked up seven catches as the wicketkeeper and looks to be the present and the future of South Africa's batting. They'll look to pick up the sweep at Adelaide starting Nov. 24.
Fantasy AnalysisDe Kock was the lone meaningful contributor of the tourists’ otherwise dismal batting performance, putting up a much-needed stand after the opening four were dismissed for 23. The wicket keeper hit 11 fours and a six in an 84-run performance before a short delivery from Josh Hazlewood resulted in a Shaun Marsh catch.
Fantasy AnalysisThe South African wicket keeper put on a strong opening performance in Durban, recording a quick 142.85 strike rate in his time at the crease. He hit four fours and two sixes in 21 overs before a diving catch by Daniel Worrall sent him off. A late 118-run stand by David Miller pushed the home side over Australia with just four balls remaining.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving missed out on making a century in the previous match against Ireland, de Kock more than made up with it with a blistering knock of 178 from only 113 balls. His massive score included 11 sixes and a total of 16 fours. The wicketkeeper batsmen appears to be in superb form, and a force to be reckoned with in the series.
Fantasy AnalysisAt just 23-years-old, de Kock is already one of South Africa’s most consistent batsmen. He’s played in just nine Tests, but has a ton and two half-centuries in 13 innings coming into the match and added two more half-centuries in this Test. Despite his young age, he’s played in an astounding 63 ODIs and has already shown himself to be one of their best limited over batsmen, with his Test batting now rounding into form as he shows more patience.
Fantasy AnalysisLooking to take the attack to the visiting side, de Kock scored at a run per ball on his way to 33 from as many deliveries. It was, however, his downfall as he looked to loft the ball over mid-off against left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, having previously already hit two consecutive boundaries. de Kock was caught well in the deep by Doug Bracewell and was sent packing just as he threatened to make a big score after an impressive start.
Fantasy AnalysisWithout de Kock's refusal to depart, the Daredevils may have suffered a record defeat, considering a cascade of wickets characterized the first innings. Among seven partnerships, a pair had some substance -- 31 with Karun Nair and 29 with Sanju Samson -- but otherwise de Kock was the driving force. When de Kock holed out to long-off in the 17th, the wicket was accompanied by controversy yet again, as replays showed that Yuzvendra Chahal may have overstepped. Nonetheless, Virat Kohli, owner of the Orange Cap, made sure that even Dehli's tally of 138 wasn't out of a reach with a fluent 54 off 45 not out in the chase.
Fantasy AnalysisPowered by the three-headed monster of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Shane Watson, RCB set the pitch at M Chinnaswamy Stadium alight, reaching 164 by the end of the 16th before stumbling down the stretch and settling for 191 in the first innings. de Kock wasted little time in the pursuit, though, recording 10 runs within the first two balls. Following the departure of Shreyas Iyer at the end of the over, Sanju Samson did little more than exchange the strike for de Kock's continued assault of the ropes, but the arrival of Karun Nair upon Samson's exit in the sixth truly opened the floodgates. Over the course of the next 76 balls, de Kock and Nair experienced some lulls but remained within striking distance, breaking Bangalore's bowling unit along the way. Upon de kock edging to the keeper, the tandem's 134 had trimmed down the RRR to 4.80 with 10 balls remaining, and only half of those were needed to conclude the chase.
Fantasy AnalysisPrior to his heroics in the chase, de Kock was steady behind the stumps, knocking them down on two occasions to decimate Punjab's top order. First, a missed catch by Zaheer Khan on the game's ninth ball created a run out chance, and de Kock narrowly swiped the bails to send M Vijay to the pavilion. Within four overs, de Kock stumped an overzealous Shaun Marsh, who departed with 13 to his name. Facing a minimal 111 to surpass, de Kock made it his mission to anchor the pursuit, shrugging off the early exit of fellow opener Shreyas Iyer and cobbling together a 91-run second-wicket stand with Sanju Samson. With plenty of room to spare, de Kock and Pawan Negi needed a mere four additional deliveries to capture the victory.
Fantasy AnalysisA one-man show during his first appearance of IPL8, de Kock suffered the loss of fellow opener Shreyas Iyer to a seven-ball duck, and his replacement, JP Duminy, added a measly nine off 12 to a 47-run stand, which concluded with the stumping of de Kock. de Kock took the place of Manoj Tiwary in the playing XI, but it remains to be seen if the South African will receive further opportunities with two games left on the Daredevils' slate.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter top scoring against Sri Lanka in the quarterfinals -- 78 off 57 not out -- de Kock followed with yet another disappointing showing as one of the Proteas' opening batsmen. In his seven other World Cup innings, he averaged a miserable 9.57 at a 56.77 strike rate, and his inability to cobble together a suitable platform Tuesday hurt in a match decided by D/L method. The 22-year-old wicketkeeper is nevertheless a key cog for the future of South African cricket, recording nine catches and one stumping in eight tournament fixtures. With the IPL season approaching, he'll focus his attention on the Dehli Daredevils' first match on Apr. 9.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was de Kock's best match of the World Cup by far. South Africa's demolition of Sri Lanka started with their spin bowlers and clinically finished with their top-order batsmen. Being under pressure to hold his spot in the team after a very poor tournament so far brought out the best in the opener. His previous six innings were seven, seven, 12, one, a duck and 26, but the confidence showed in him by the selectors has paid dividends, and now he will hold his place in the team for the remainder of the tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisAB de Villiers has put his trust in de Kock to kick start South Africa's innings and hold down the fort behind the stumps throughout the World Cup, but de Kock has responded with uncertainty, especially with bat in hand. All the warning signs were evident Thursday, as de Kock was hesitant against UAE seamers and running between the wickets. Although he's averaging 8.33 at a 53.48 strike rate through six tournament outings, he's also made six catches and one stumping with the gloves.
Fantasy Analysisde Kock set South Africa on the back foot again, opening the batting; he managed to last just two balls before edging a good delivery straight to the keeper. In his five batting innings in the World Cup, he has scores of seven, seven, 12, one and now a duck. He has garnered a reputation for being a hard hitter. However, this hasn't been witnessed in this World Cup yet.
Fantasy Analysisde Kock has enjoyed incredible success against India in his brief career, but Sunday's performance was his first non-century versus the Men in Blue. Because he has only three ODIs and two World Cup warmups under his belt since his return from tearing ligaments in his ankle during a Dec. 17 Test match, he could be suffering some residual affects of the injury. After stumbling to a 6.00 average with a 47.37 strike rate in those ODIs, the Proteas will require more from their 22-year-old wicketkeeper as they advance through Pool B.
Fantasy Analysisde Kock's appearance marks his first since tearing ligaments in his ankle in a Dec. 17 Test against the West Indies. Just five weeks removed from the injury, he led off for the Proteas but fell on the ninth ball of the match to imposing pace bowler Jason Holder. While he supplied a mere four runs in seven balls to his side's 361, de Kock's greatest feat was playing wicketkeeper the entirety of West Indies' innings. In the process, he recorded three catches and displayed his fitness in advance of the World Cup.