Numbers Don't Lie February 15, 2016

The young and restless Quinton de Kock

The 23-year-old South African wicketkeeper-batsman is on an incredible second hot streak of hundreds
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Since making his debut, Quinton de Kock has given ample evidence of his exceptional talent. His ball-striking ability at the top of the order has marked him out as a player who will dominate attacks in the years to come. We explore his impressive burgeoning one-day career following a successful series against England.

  • The youngest batsman to score ten centuries in ODIs*
  • Ten of his 15 scores of 50-plus in ODIs are hundreds, the best conversion rate for anyone with ten hundreds
  • He has scored a hundred every 5.2 innings in ODIs since January 2013, making it the best among 13 openers in this period

* These figures are updated till the third ODI between South Africa and England, played on February 9, 2016

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • Vaughan on February 18, 2016, 13:08 GMT

    @MEMORYLOSS-RECTIFIED.....''He never faced Chameera, Dhamikka, Rajitha. When he faced them, he won't go past "0" and most probably his career will be over. ''........It works both ways, mate! He could possibly ''retire'' them too, after smashing them to all parts of the park!

  • Peter on February 17, 2016, 6:13 GMT

    YUP numbers never lie. The lad is seriously gifted. It is lovely that each nation finds such gems to benefit all who love the sport.

  • Bharath on February 16, 2016, 14:40 GMT

    MEMORYLOSS-RECTIFIED If you think that Rajitha is better than David Willey , M.Shami ,M.Irfan ,Wahab riaz Then you really have some serius problems.Did you not see the second T2o where Rajitha went for 45 in 4 overs

  • sajjad on February 16, 2016, 11:22 GMT

    My new favorite, although i love fast bowling. He plays such calmly yet punishing way. Seems the opening non striker's charisma is passing its effect on him while playing. I mean Hashim amla.

  • Muhammad Usama on February 16, 2016, 6:40 GMT

    He is a wonderful batsman.He is one of my favourite batsmen.Keep it up!

  • Pride on February 16, 2016, 6:32 GMT

    Quinton is my favourite player. He has 5 centuries and 0 50s at home, 5 centuries and 5 50s away from home. He hasn't played in Eng. Hope he opens in all T20s with AB.

  • DINESH on February 16, 2016, 5:49 GMT

    He never faced Chameera, Dhamikka, Rajitha. When he faced them, he won't go past "0" and most probably his career will be over.

  • Varun on February 15, 2016, 19:41 GMT

    Probably will be a good limited overs player. He will struggle against spin looking at his technique.

  •   Deepanjan Datta on February 15, 2016, 19:23 GMT

    As an Indian, it's almost disconcerting to see every discussion of batting greatness of this generation become a debate of "this guy v Kohli" .. just when the days of "this guy v Tendulkar" were over. Let's acknowledge that QDK is phenomenal with his conversion rate. He's way ahead of any player of his age bracket. Tendulkar is an all-time great, has a solid record against the best team of his era (AUS), and scored plenty of ODI runs away from home, in world events etc. Kohli had 5 years of int'l cricket behind him at 23, which along with his ambition and mental strength contributed to a brilliant run of ODI run-scoring in 2012-2015. But this article is about Quinny, and let's just say - with ABD and Amla, they have a genuine match-winner in their ranks. He's young, he's tenacious, and he's pretty good behind the stumps too. Lower bowling standards and less ODIs played notwithstanding, his record thus far deserves praise.

  • blahblah1234567_9F5B2346-4AB1-446E-A1A0-77E2268CE43B on February 15, 2016, 14:18 GMT

    also he will become only better and if he can get set on the test side... rsa cricket should find new talents and slowly get them set for the future.

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