Quinton de Kock

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Quinton de Kock
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Personal information
Full name Quinton de Kock
Born (1992-12-17) 17 December 1992 (age 24)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Batting Left-handed
Role Wicket-keeper-batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 317) 20 February 2014 v Australia
Last Test 27 July 2017 v England
ODI debut (cap 105) 19 January 2013 v New Zealand
Last ODI 11 June 2017 v India
ODI shirt no. 12
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–2011 Highveld Lions
2011–present Titans (squad no. 12)
2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2014–present Delhi Daredevils
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 22 85 49 126
Runs scored 1,493 3,519 3,541 4,905
Batting average 46.65 43.44 47.85 41.21
100s/50s 3/11 12/14 9/24 16/20
Top score 129* 178 194 178
Balls bowled 6
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 90/7 111/6 180/12 149/12
Source: CricketArchive, 1 August 2017

Quinton de Kock (born 17 December 1992) is a South African professional cricketer who plays for the Titans at domestic level and the South African national team.

An opening batsman and wicket-keeper, de Kock saw his good form in the One-Day and Twenty20 formats lead to his selection for South Africa during the 2012–13 season, and he has since played regularly for the team at both One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) level. In February 2014, he also made his Test debut for South Africa, playing solely as a batsman.

By his 20th ODI match, he had already scored five centuries. He became the fourth player to score three successive one-day centuries and the second player to score four ODI centuries before his 21st birthday.[1] Quinton de Kock is widely regarded as currently the best wicket keeper batsman in the world and has received comparisons to Adam Gilchrist.[2][3] In his 74th ODI, against Sri Lanka on 10 February 2017, he became the fastest player to complete 12 ODI hundreds, bettering Hashim Amla, who had achieved the landmark in 81 innings.

Before joining the Titans in 2015, de Kock played domestic cricket for Gauteng and the Highveld Lions. He has also played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils.He is one of the most explosive young batsmen in the world with a knack for always scoring quick runs.

In Tests, he saw better success batting down at no.7 to save the team, much like Adam Gilchrist.[4] In May 2017, he was named South African Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa's annual awards.[5]

Early career[edit]

De Kock attended King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. He was spotted as a schoolboy talent and used to play for the affiliate club Old Eds.[6] In the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, he scored 95 off 131 balls in South Africa's first match against Bangladesh, which the team won by 133 runs.[7] In the second match against Namibia, he scored 126 off 106 balls, with South Africa winning again, by 209 runs.[8] In the quarter-final match against England, de Kock scored only 7 runs, but performed well as wicket-keeper, recording five dismissals (two stumpings and three catches).[9] Overall, de Kock scored 284 runs throughout the tournament, ranking fourth for the tournament.[citation needed]

Domestic career[edit]

From Johannesburg, he debuted for Gauteng's senior team during the 2009–10 season, aged 16, and subsequently represented the national under-19 team at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup.

Ram Slam Twenty20[edit]

In the 2013 domestic twenty20 tournament in South Africa, De Kock scored several good knocks to take his team Highveld Lions to the final where they won, eventually becoming the season dalla champions. On 18 February 2013, in the same tournament against Cape Cobras he hit the second highest T20 score of 126 in South Africa.His knock of 126 is also the highest T20 score ever made by a wicketkeeper batsman in an innings(126)[10][11]

Indian Premier League[edit]

De Kock was bought for $20,000 by IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL players' auction on 3 February 2013 to play for the 2013 IPL Season.[12] But he failed to impress in IPL-6 when he got chances in the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), de Kock spent the 2013 tournament with Sunrisers Hyderabad, and signed to the Delhi Daredevils for the 2014 tournament. On 12 February 2014, De Kock was sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3.5 Crore (approximately $560,000 according to the then exchange rate) in the IPL players' auction. He eventually became the highest bid foreign wicket-keeper in the auction.[13] He has been a part of the Delhi Daredevils team since 2014.[14]

Champions League Twenty20[edit]

De Kock came to the spotlight after scoring 51 not out off 33 balls in their first match for South African Highveld Lions against Mumbai Indians in Champions League Twenty20, 2012 in Johannesburg. While chasing 158, after an early breakdown, he along with the experienced Neil McKenzie took the team home.[15] Although he failed to keep this consistency in the remaining matches, he came to the spotlight after this tournament. In 2013 CLT20 which was hosted in India, de Kock scored 109 not out off 63 balls against Otago Volts in Jaipur, Rajasthan.[16]

International career[edit]

ODI cricket[edit]

De Kock represented South Africa for the first time, at T20 level, on 21 December 2012 against New Zealand. While South Africa crushed New Zealand and got them all out for only 86, the hosts chased it down easily with 8 wickets still remaining. De Kock made an impression on his first appearance by scoring an unbeaten 28 off 23 while chasing. He also kept wicket and gloved two catches.[17] De Kock made his debut for the South African ODI side on 19 January 2013, against New Zealand at Boland Park Stadium, Paarl, South Africa.[18] It was reported that he was training and grooming under veteran retired South African wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand.[19] He was promoted to the opening batting spot from his second match onwards with Graeme Smith in his debut series.[20]

In November 2013, he was selected in the first XI of South Africa against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, in place of Colin Ingram. De Kock scored a match winning 112 off 135 balls on a tough batting track in Abu Dhabi in the fourth ODI to reach his maiden ODI century. South Africa won the ODI series 4–1. They also played two T20 games against Pakistan. De Kock scored 48 not out in the first match while chasing and took them home. They won that T20 series too by 2–0.[21]

On 5 December 2013, De Kock scored 135 against India at his home ground in Johannesburg. His innings guided the team to a 141-run victory over India and he was awarded his first ever 'Man of the Match' award in One Day International cricket.[22] He followed his performance with another successive ODI ton in the next match against the same team in Durban. He scored 106 runs making a record-breaking opening stand of 194 in Durban with fellow teammate Hashim Amla who also scored a century in the same match.[23] This performance awarded him another 'Man of the Match' award while they already won the series beating India by 134 runs. He again broke a century knock of 101 in the 3rd ODI which was later abandoned due to rain, but he became only the fifth person to achieve this feat of three consecutive centuries in One Day Internationals, after Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers. He also became the highest run-getter ever in a three-match bilateral ODI series, breaking the previous record of Martin Guptill. Meanwhile, he was awarded the 'Man of the Series'.[24]

De Kock scored his 5th ODI century knock of 128 against Sri Lanka to record their first ever ODI series win in Sri Lanka. He also scored his maiden test fifty in the series.

In the 3-match tour to Zimbabwe in August, 2014, De Kock eventually became the joint quickest batsman to reach 1000 runs in ODI cricket sharing the record with Viv Richards, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen. He reached the milestone in 21 innings.[25] He was also awarded the 'Player of the Series' in that tournament where South Africa beat Zimbabwe 3–0.[26]

Test cricket[edit]

In February 2014, de Kock made his Test debut for South Africa, scoring seven runs in the first innings and 34 runs in the second innings against Australia at St George's Oval in Port Elizabeth.[27]

In January 2016, when South Africa was losing the home Test series against England, De Kock was recalled to the Test side for the second Test, taking the keeper's gloves from AB de Villiers, but failed to deliver. He was replaced by Dane Vilas at the 11th hour before the third Test, after a freak injury he picked up at home the afternoon before. He was again selected for the fourth and the final Test and scored his debut Test century with a score of 129 not out in the first innings coming to bat at number seven.[28] In the tour, De Kock reached a milestone as the fastest to reach 10 ODI centuries. He completed his 10th century in his 55th match.[29]

T20I cricket[edit]

In March 2014, South Africa played a 3-match Twenty20 series against Australia. De Kock was named the 'Player of the Series' in the tournament although South Africa lost the series by 0–2.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Quinton de Kock married his girlfriend of four years, Sasha Hurly, in September 2016.[31][32]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Quinton de Kock's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 129* 8  England South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2016 Won
2 104 12  Australia Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2016 Won [33]
3 101 15  Sri Lanka South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground 2017 Won

One Day International centuries[edit]

Quinton de Kock's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 112 9  Pakistan United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium 2013 Won
2 135 14  India South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2013 Won
3 106 15  India South Africa Durban, South Africa Kingsmead Cricket Ground 2013 Won
4 101 16  India South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2013 N/R
5 128 19  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Hambantota, Sri Lanka MRIC Stadium 2014 Won
6 107 35  Australia Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2014 Lost
7 103 50  India India Rajkot, India Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium 2015 Won
8 109 52  India India Mumbai, India Wankhede Stadium 2015 Won
9 138* 53  England South Africa Bloemfontein, South Africa Mangaung Oval 2016 Lost
10 135 55  England South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2016 Won
11 178 65  Australia South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2016 Won
12 109 74  Sri Lanka South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2017 Won

Twenty20 centuries[edit]

Twenty20 Centuries
Runs Balls 4s 6s For Against Venue Date Result
1 126* 69 13 6 Highveld Lions Cape Cobras Potchefstroom, South Africa 17 February 2013[34] Won
2 109* 63 10 5 Highveld Lions Otago Volts Jaipur, India 29 September 2013 Lost
3 108 51 15 3 Delhi Daredevils Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru, India 17 April 2016 Won

International Awards[edit]

Test Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Series Year Match Performance Result
1 2nd Test – New Zealand in South Africa 2016 1st Innings: 82 (114 balls, 15x4, 0x6) ; WK 5 ct.
2nd Innings: 50 (43 balls, 8x4, 1x6) ; WK 1 ct
 South Africa won by 204 runs.[35]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 5 December 2013 135 (121 balls, 18x4, 3x6) ; WK 2 ct.  South Africa won by 141 runs.[36]
2 India Kingsmead Stadium, Durban 8 December 2013 106 (118 balls, 9x4) ; WK 4 ct.  South Africa won by 134 runs.[37]
3 Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 21 August 2014 WK 1 ct. ; 84 (75 balls, 7x4, 2x6)  South Africa won by 7 wickets.[38]
4 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 23 November 2014 107 (123 balls, 14x4) ; WK  Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L).[39]
5 India Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 25 October 2015 109 (87 balls, 17x4, 1x6) ; WK 1 ct.  South Africa won by 214 runs.[40]
6 England Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein 3 February 2016 WK. ; 138* (96 balls, 12x4, 6x6)  England won by 39 runs(D/L).[41]
7 England SuperSport Park, Centurion 9 February 2016 WK. ; 135 (117 balls, 16x4, 4x6)  South Africa won by 7 wickets.[42]
8 Australia SuperSport Park, Centurion 30 September 2016 WK 1 ct., 1 st.; 178(113 balls 16×4, 11×6)  South Africa won by 6 wickets.[43]
9 New Zealand Seddon Park, Hamilton 19 February 2017 WK 2 ct.; 69 (64 balls, 9x4, 1x6)  South Africa won by 4 wickets.[44]

Player of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 India in South Africa 2013/14 342 Runs (3 Matches, 3×100) with avg. 114.00; WK 6 ct.  South Africa Won the series 2–0.[45]
2 South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 185 Runs (3 Matches, 2×50) with avg. 61.66  South Africa Won the series 3–0.[46]

Twenty20 International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in South Africa 2014 43 (33 balls, 8x4); WK  South Africa won by 4 runs (D/L).[47]

Player of the Series Awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Australia in South Africa 2013/14 82 runs, WK (2 matches), Avg. 82.00 ; SR. 136.66  Australia won the series 2–0.[48]


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