If someone overshadows the combined brilliance of AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Shane Watson and takes his team home comfortably, then we have no choice other than stand and admire. He is none other than Quinton De Kock from South Africa. He singlehandedly beat Royal Challengers Bangalore on their home turf, with a 48 ball 100 while chasing 191.
The stylish southpaw from Johannesburg has been a revelation since his debut in international cricket across all three formats of the game. His fearless attitude and elegance make him special. People even started to compare him with the legends of the game like Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher.
The wicket-keeper batsman grew up as a baseball player and even considered a move to the United States but his father convinced him to pursue cricket instead. His performance in U-19 World Cup in Australia was nothing short than spectacular as he scored 284 runs at an average of 47.33. He followed it up with a good Champions League T20 for Lions and selectors rewarded him by giving a national call-up.
He was first selected for South Africa’s T20I series against New Zealand in 2012-13 as a wicket-keeper in place of De Villiers. But his dismal performances in that series and subsequent Sri Lankan series did not help his cause as he was dropped from the national side.
Good players take axing as an opportunity to improve and De Kock did exactly that. He was back with a bang against Pakistan by scoring a century and then, he smashed Indian bowlers all over the park to score three consecutive centuries when India toured South Africa. It was the turning point of Quinton’s career as he impressed one and all with his swashbuckling batting.
He never looked back after the series and he became a regular member of Proteas ODI team. He is only 23 years old and already has 10 ODI hundreds along with a Test ton. If he continues to the play like this, then he will break a lot of records.
If you want to see aggression, timing, flamboyance and class, then watch Quinton De Kock bats.