Quinton De Kock: 30 Year Old Extraordinary all-Rounder Player And A Glove-work Maestro

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Quinton de Kock, a South African cricketer, was born on 17 December, in the year 1992. Presently, he plays limited-overs cricket for his country. He also plays in the Indian Premier League 2022 for Lucknow Super Giants. At Cricket South Africa’s 2017 Annual Awards, Quinton de Kock was granted the Cricketer of the Year.

Domestic Career

During the 2012-13 season, he made his domestic debut for the Highveld Lions. The national selectors showed a keen interest in him when Kock appeared in a partnership with Neil McKenzie against Lucknow Super Giants. He played six out of ten matches, yet managed to finish fourth on the first-class rankings.

Quinton de Kock, in the first match of South Africa’s home Twenty20, was found making his international debut against New Zealand during the 2012-13 season. As a replacement of De Villiers, Kock was pleaded to keep wickets as the former rested. He played exclusively as a batsman in February 2014 during his Test debut.

Quinton De kock
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Full Name Quinton De Kock
Nickname Quinny
Profession South African Cricketer ( Batsman And wicketkeeper )
Height 170 cm
International Debut Test – 20 February 2014 Vs Australia
ODI – 13 January 2013 Vs New Zealand
T20 – 21 December 2012 Vs New Zealand
Date Of Birth 17 December 1992
Age 30 years
Birthplace Johannesburg, South Africa
Marital Status Married
Wife Sasha Hurly
Salary IPL 3.5 Crore
Net Worth $ 4-6 Million

Quinton de Kock happened to have marked five centuries by his 20th ODI match, standing second in rank to score four ODI centuries before hitting the age of 21. He is the fourth player to have scored three uninterrupted consecutive one-day centuries. De Kock became the fastest player to attain twelve ODI hundreds in his 74th ODI that happened five years ago on 10th February against Sri Lanka, beating Hashim Amla in hitting the milestone.

He also played domestic cricket for Gauteng and Highveld Lions prior to enlisting in the Titans in 2015. In One Day International as well as T20 cricket, he opens the batting but is found in the middle order in Test cricket. Quinton de Kock was labelled South Africa’s Men’s Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards ceremony in July 2020. He was South Africa’s captain in Test cricket for the first time in December 2020 against Sri Lanka.

International Career

Kock finished his schooling at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. He scored 95 off 131 balls in South Africa’s first match during the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2012 against Bangladesh. He scored 126 off 106 balls against Namibia resulting in South Africa’s victory by 209 runs. He happened to score 7 runs in the quarter-final match against England, yet gave an extraordinary performance as a wicket-keeper, marking two stumpings along with three catches. He scored 284 runs throughout the tournament and managed to finish fourth.

On 21 December 2012, Quinton De Kock represented South Africa for the first time at the T20 level, and South Africa triumphed. He scored 28 off 23 while chasing and managed to glove two catches. For the South African ODI side, Kock made his debut on 19 January 2013 against New Zealand. It was found that Quinton de Kock was training under retired South African wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher against New Zealand ahead of the ODI series and was encouraged to open with Graeme Smith from his second match in his debut series.

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He scored 135 against India, on 5 December 2013, in Johannesburg which also happens to be his home ground. South Africa won against India and De Kock was given the label of Man of the Match. He carried the same performance in the next match against India in Durban where he scored 106 runs. Post this, he was given another label of Man of the Match while South Africa won the series against India by 134 runs. In the 3rd ODI, which was abandoned because of the weather, he scored another century and became the fifth person to achieve the milestone of three back-to-back centuries in ODI, followed by Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Herschelle Gibbs and Ab De Villiers.

He was designated in place of Colin Ingram in the first XI of South Africa against Pakistan in November 2013, in the UAE. He marked a score of 112 off 135 balls in the fourth ODI to attain his maiden ODI century. Kock’s country won the series by 4-1 and also played another two T20 games against Pakistan when Quinton scored 48 not out and won the series by 2-0. Having said that, his outstanding, notable striking, as well as glovework, have managed to put him on the pedestal that he certainly deserves. His success mirrors the corollary of his hustle.

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Quinton de Kock played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore as well as Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. currently, he is playing under the Lucknow Supergiants franchise.

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