Quinton de Kock, South Africa wicket-keeper, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Proteas will depend on de Kock for quick starts

In his 17 innings for South Africa across the formats in 2019 heading into the World Cup, de Kock scored two centuries and eight half-centuries.

Telford Vice, May 16, 2019 13:54:11 IST

The epitome of the modern wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock grew up playing baseball — a fact evident from the clean, lusty hitting he brings to cricket. Indeed, there were thoughts of a move to the United States to try and make it to the Major Leagues before he dropped out of high school (King Edward VII in Johannesburg, the alma mater of Ali Bacher, Neil McKenzie, Graeme Smith and golf great Gary Player) to commit himself to a career in the more genteel of the world’s big bat-and-ball games.

De Kock is possessed with a pulverising pull and an apparently bottomless appetite for runs, runs and more runs. At first clumsy behind the stumps, he has earned a place among the slickest glovemen through supreme athleticism and a great work ethic.

Quinton de Kock, South Africa wicket-keeper, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Proteas will depend on de Kock for quick starts

File image of South Africa's Quinton de Kock. AFP

It took de Kock nine innings to score his first ODI century, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in November 2013, and the three he reeled off consecutively against India in December that year was a record until Kumar Sangakkara hit four in a row during the 2015 World Cup.

He played 26 white-ball internationals before he made his Test debut against Australia at St George’s Park in February 2014. After the Test series in Sri Lanka in July 2014, there was no doubt who South Africa’s top stumper was, regardless of the format. An ankle injury almost removed him  from the equation for the 2015 World Cup, and while he regained his fitness in time, he reached 50 just once in eight innings in the tournament. Five trips to the crease in white-ball games in Bangladesh that July brought him only 100 runs, and he was axed.

Recalled for the ODI series in India in October 2015, de Kock took his chance and hammered two centuries in five innings.

In his 17 innings for South Africa across the formats in 2019 heading into the World Cup, he scored two centuries and eight half-centuries.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 13:54:11 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254