South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Johannesburg December 5, 2013

Johannesburg's favourite son comes of age

Just 20 years and 14 ODIs old, Quinton de Kock gave the Johannesburg faithful 135 reasons to roar and cheer for one of their own
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'Indian bowlers bowled short instead of going fuller' - de Kock

The Wanderers roar. It has the bass that comes out of a hollow drum when someone - and there is always someone who can't resist - lets out a long, lonely "helloooooo" deep into it. It has the volume of the speakers being fitted into cars the size of jelly tots, which somehow accommodate amplifiers three times that size. It boils over with emotion.

Today, the roar was expected to be one of anger - towards the Indian players because the South African public holds the BCCI responsible for shortening what would have been the headline tour of the summer. Instead, it was resonant with joy. For Quinton de Kock.

From the moment the 20-year old walked out to sing the national anthem, people were cheering for him. He is the only member of South Africa's ODI XI born in this city, and to see him represent it on the biggest stage is a source of great pride for the Johannesburg faithful. As de Kock stood alongside his team-mates, he looked only a little taller than the child whose hand he was holding, and his expression was as innocent. Clothed in a delicate pink, he seemed as harmless as candyfloss. How deceiving some looks can be.

It took three balls for de Kock to dispel all thoughts of tameness when he stepped out to clip Bhuvneshwar Kumar's first delivery, a half-volley, through midwicket. Four balls later, de Kock punctured the gap in the covers, and India's attack knew they were up against a man with a good eye and a powerful arm, not a boy.

Hashim Amla probably went to de Kock at the end of that over and told him to take it easy, as is the job of the senior partner, but it seemed as though de Kock wasn't going to listen. He flashed and missed as much as he pushed and connected.

He seemed to understand the weaknesses of India's bowlers quickly - the struggle to find the right length on an unfamiliar pitch, and a tendency to bowl half-volleys and full tosses - and he knew he could exploit them. Every time he did, that roar grew louder.

Of course, de Kock got lucky on a few occasions. Aggressive batsmen often get those breaks. Against India's best bowler on the day, Mohammad Shami, he inside edged and was fortunate the ball did not go on to his stumps.

De Kock held his own even against the spinners. R Ashwin pitched too short, and de Kock's movement on to the back foot to pull was instinctive. He brought up his 50 off Ashwin, and the noise levels at the Wanderers rose to meet the overhanging thunder.

He raised his bat: first to the changing room, and then to every section of the crowd. To call the cheers a mixture of clapping and chanting would be doing the fans a disservice. They composed a chorus for him.

They would have expected a little more exuberance from their local lad a little later on. But despite having scored his first international ton in a home ODI, de Kock was restrained in his celebrations. He had saved himself for the bowling. He spotted holes in areas India thought they had covered, and widened them. He drove wide of cover, swept high enough to clear short fine leg, and with Amla gave South Africa their first opening century stand in 68 ODIs - a span of three years.

De Kock watched Amla play the ball onto his own stumps and Jacques Kallis offer a tame catch. It was up to him to ensure South Africa did not waste their start. De Kock showed how solid he could be off the first free-hit he was offered. He assumed the position of a lamp - a firm, broad base and a wide ambit for a shade - and swung hard. The ball disappeared into the sunset and landed on the other side of long-on.

De Kock had moved within one scoring shot of a century, and the anticipation was heaving. This crowd demanded instant gratification and wanted to see his hundred off the very next ball. They abandoned the slow clap in favour of one long cheer and it died quickly in obvious disappointment when he only got a single to move to 99.

AB de Villiers handed de Kock the strike immediately. Again, the cheers began and again, the quick silence ensued when de Kock played a defensive prod. Then, he tucked the ball to square leg and ran the single that produced the loudest roar of the day.

If de Kock remembers one thing about his hundred, it will be that sound. It filled the stadium as though it would suffocate it. It rose higher and higher, attempting to lift him off the ground by the sheer power of noise. He remained grounded.

There was no boisterous punch in the air, or dramatic levitation. As the roar grew with impatience, Kock neatly put his bat down, fiddled with his helmet to remove it and then greeted his home crowd.

It was only the 35th over and he would have remembered his captain talking about the need for one player to bat through. He would have known the person to do that was him. So he carried on, giving the crowd more and more reasons to roar. He teed off again against Ravindra Jadeja, went inside-out against Ashwin and blasted Virat Kohli over long-on.

By the time he handed Kohli a return catch, de Kock had done what he needed to. The way AB de Villiers and JP Duminy used that platform to launch a withering assault - scoring 105 off 46 balls with the freedom of escaped prisoners - gave de Kock's innings more value.

That's why part of every roar heard on the night belonged to de Kock. Yes, some of it was reserved for the BCCI, and some of it was for de Villiers and Duminy, but most of it was for the youngest player on the park, who lit up a tour that had been marred by administrators' squabbles.

It wasn't the roar of the usual Wanderers crowd saluting a South African achievement. It was the roar of a community welcoming its favourite son, now all grown up with so much more to achieve.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • listless on December 8, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    @tommytuckersaffa wondering about India's #1 ranking with this weak attack ..may be you will find out once they get used to the conditions there. Indian bowling has never been steller, but they scramble and get the job done.

    That said, with Steyn, Morkel, AB, Kallis, Amla etc all being world class. the rest of us are wondering why SA couldn't hold on to the #1 ranking in the first place ?

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 6, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    I love this guy. Great attitude and what a talent. Please spare me the usual 'he hasn't proved himself until he has played spin in India'....De Kock recently scored a Ton against Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi who are far superior bowlers to the Indian spinners and their whole attack for that matter. I am still stunned with this No.1 ranking, how did it happen with such a weak attack?

  • Sanjiyan on December 6, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (December 6, 2013, 5:34 GMT) Oh yes because the entire world knows the IPL is the only benchmark there is to gauge ones talent...I dont agree with all this: But in the IPL so and so didnt fare well. T20 might be a slight gauge of how good someone is, but it is not all encompassing. De Kock is still extremely young and will have his flaws. You might remember a bowler who got slapped to all parts when he first made his appearance for SA and was quickly dropped. When he came back to the fold he took the nr1 bowlers ranking in tests and hasnt even come remotely close to losing that spot since 2008. Heres a hint hes called the phalaborwa express ;)

  • ac_Indian on December 6, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Wonderful innings by Quinton. He seems a bright prospect. Is also a perfect partner for Amla at the top. Good Luck!

  • Smahuta on December 6, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Lol you judging De Kock from a 20/20 innings is very very naieve. He is quickly turning into the real deal. Only a few months ago he was very loose outside the off stump and he has tightened that up very nicely. Only good batsmen score big at the wanderers, and to be fair it was a batting wicket yesterday, when the test is played there it will be even more difficult to score, trust me when I say that India will find it even harder there next time. If the BCCI indeed had something to do with the venues they play at, I can only laugh and think that none of them know what they are doing when they chose the wanderers for a test venue with their stock of flat track bullies.

  • HennopsRiverEnd on December 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster...

    No one is toying with Steyn in the IPL.

  • SurlyCynic on December 6, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster : If you think De Kock is only good in SA and can't play spin perhaps you are not aware that he recently made his first ODI century in the UAE against Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez? Anyone can fail in a couple of IPL innings where one is expected to slog from ball 1, he has worked on his game since and is only 20 so still improving.

  • ArnoldVDH on December 6, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    At all of those who say that the proteas will be blown away on their tour of India, how convenient you guys have forgotten that India hasn't managed to win a series against the Proteas in India now for how long?

    OOOOOPS!

  • on December 6, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. De Kock did well in the UAE against the world's no.ODI bowler, AJMAL to score his first ton. His has put in alot of time working with his franchise couch to improve his technique and based on the results he is earning dividends. Strangely enough after playing all those games against Pakistan, facing their high quality attack, making specific reference to their spin bowling, helped SA tremendously facing spin of lessor quality. Nobody is suggesting he is Greame's successor but at this moment in time based on form and circumstances he is fulfilling the role excellently.

  • Protea.Titan on December 6, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Only drawback is that the next match is played in the slow and spinning subcontinental pitch of Kingsmead Durban, home advantage is going to be all but neutralised. Oh well, guess we'll have to finish up the series in Centurion, cant wait for the third ODI.

  • listless on December 8, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    @tommytuckersaffa wondering about India's #1 ranking with this weak attack ..may be you will find out once they get used to the conditions there. Indian bowling has never been steller, but they scramble and get the job done.

    That said, with Steyn, Morkel, AB, Kallis, Amla etc all being world class. the rest of us are wondering why SA couldn't hold on to the #1 ranking in the first place ?

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 6, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    I love this guy. Great attitude and what a talent. Please spare me the usual 'he hasn't proved himself until he has played spin in India'....De Kock recently scored a Ton against Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi who are far superior bowlers to the Indian spinners and their whole attack for that matter. I am still stunned with this No.1 ranking, how did it happen with such a weak attack?

  • Sanjiyan on December 6, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (December 6, 2013, 5:34 GMT) Oh yes because the entire world knows the IPL is the only benchmark there is to gauge ones talent...I dont agree with all this: But in the IPL so and so didnt fare well. T20 might be a slight gauge of how good someone is, but it is not all encompassing. De Kock is still extremely young and will have his flaws. You might remember a bowler who got slapped to all parts when he first made his appearance for SA and was quickly dropped. When he came back to the fold he took the nr1 bowlers ranking in tests and hasnt even come remotely close to losing that spot since 2008. Heres a hint hes called the phalaborwa express ;)

  • ac_Indian on December 6, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Wonderful innings by Quinton. He seems a bright prospect. Is also a perfect partner for Amla at the top. Good Luck!

  • Smahuta on December 6, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Lol you judging De Kock from a 20/20 innings is very very naieve. He is quickly turning into the real deal. Only a few months ago he was very loose outside the off stump and he has tightened that up very nicely. Only good batsmen score big at the wanderers, and to be fair it was a batting wicket yesterday, when the test is played there it will be even more difficult to score, trust me when I say that India will find it even harder there next time. If the BCCI indeed had something to do with the venues they play at, I can only laugh and think that none of them know what they are doing when they chose the wanderers for a test venue with their stock of flat track bullies.

  • HennopsRiverEnd on December 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster...

    No one is toying with Steyn in the IPL.

  • SurlyCynic on December 6, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster : If you think De Kock is only good in SA and can't play spin perhaps you are not aware that he recently made his first ODI century in the UAE against Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez? Anyone can fail in a couple of IPL innings where one is expected to slog from ball 1, he has worked on his game since and is only 20 so still improving.

  • ArnoldVDH on December 6, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    At all of those who say that the proteas will be blown away on their tour of India, how convenient you guys have forgotten that India hasn't managed to win a series against the Proteas in India now for how long?

    OOOOOPS!

  • on December 6, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. De Kock did well in the UAE against the world's no.ODI bowler, AJMAL to score his first ton. His has put in alot of time working with his franchise couch to improve his technique and based on the results he is earning dividends. Strangely enough after playing all those games against Pakistan, facing their high quality attack, making specific reference to their spin bowling, helped SA tremendously facing spin of lessor quality. Nobody is suggesting he is Greame's successor but at this moment in time based on form and circumstances he is fulfilling the role excellently.

  • Protea.Titan on December 6, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Only drawback is that the next match is played in the slow and spinning subcontinental pitch of Kingsmead Durban, home advantage is going to be all but neutralised. Oh well, guess we'll have to finish up the series in Centurion, cant wait for the third ODI.

  • Greatest_Game on December 6, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta. I have indeed heard of Sanju Samson, and he has a very good reputation. If he can't get anywhere in India, he could head off to England. Matt Prior's career seems to have hit free fall, and SA are not giving them any more keepers, especially Quinton. They already have Prior & Kieswetter … that's enough. The Poms are always on the lookout for good talent. Of course the only problem is they would not let him play in the IPL!

    NZ would let him play IPL, but they already have a SA trained keeper in BJ Watling, with Kruger van Wyk to back him up, and they seem to be very happy with their Saffa keepers, (& bowlers, & batsmen) so that might not be a good option for Sanju.

    Brad Haddin is getting on, and the Aussies don't seem to have much in the keeper cupboard, so there's a chance. They were so eager to get a spinner they amended their eligibility rules to "has a heartbeat and can say 'mate.'" Easy in there now!

    Seriously, I hope Sanju gets someone to look out for him.

  • shovwar on December 6, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Some comments from the Indian fans make me smirk...I understand when you say Indians are flat track bullies but telling SA are only Green top Bullies then u got short memories or u dont watch other teams play beside India....SA are the best touring team in the world at the moment...They just beat Pak 4-1 and 2-0 in ODI and T20 in the flat trac in UAE...India is not even close to SA when touring. Indian fans forgot what Steyn did in Nagpur....Can Idia do the same in Johannesburgh? I wouldn bet. The Champion Indian team that won the WC in the Sub Continent has lost the Group Match game agaist SA in their soil in the WC....What SA can do in India ,,India wont be able to do in SA....SA can play anywhere but India only in Sub Continent.

  • on December 6, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    A player who score hundred against the light of ajmal afridi and hafeez at UAE turners means a big player in the making

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    I liked the way De Kock played. I wish him well in his career. But, he should not be hyped up by SA. I watched him play in the IPL for the Sunrisers and he really struggled against spin bowling. He had no technique whatsoever. I guess he's good in home conditions only ? Time will tell for sure. Still, too early to call him as Graeme Smith's successor.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    I guess Miss Moonda quite conveniently forgot that SA are about to tour India next year. Expect rank turners to be dished out dear Proteas. You will be blown away. Every team plays well in conditions familiar to them. It is unfair to criticize the Indian players as 'flat track bullies' when SA themselves are 'green track bullies' or should I say 'bouncy track bullies'. Steyn and Morkel are toyed with by Indian domestic players in the IPL. Does that make them bad bowlers ? NO. In the same way, one mustn't deny how good Indian batsmen are given their young ages. It's just one game. I expect India to play much better in the remaining 2 games. One last thing, this is a fine example of a troll article.

  • Brahams on December 6, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    @Soaf, Looks like lot of pent-up emotion! By your logic Saffers are just green-top bullies!

    There are flat tracks and spinning tracks in India. Let's see how the new boy performs in front of raucous Indian crowds in one of square turners.

    And respect please, India have performed well all over the worlds. How many ICC trophies do the 'Mighty PROTEASs' have. Ooops!

  • caldruid on December 6, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    @soaf, De Kock has only played 14 ODIs. Too early to think of him as a superstar. Granted he played vastly better than Dhawan and Sharma ( both of whom badly need lessons in playing fast bowling ) but better than Kohli ? Only time will tell.

  • on December 6, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Our friends from South Africa may not know a 20 year old Indian player, Sanju Samson. He is India's equivalent of de Kock. But unlike de Kock, Sanju may not get similar chances, as he does not have any Godfather, and is coming from the hinterlands of a tiny state called Kerala, down South, which was not known for its cricket until recently, till the infamous Sreeshant made the state famous.

  • on December 6, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    I am sure that many more de Kocks are waiting in the wings. The truly great Kallis & players like Smith may overstay and block the path of those young hungry ones. Even McLaren's true worth was first recognised in IPL. Thank God he was just reaching 30 when it happened. Had he been in mid 30's when he started shining in IP' he would have been consigned to the dustbin of history, without getting the proud chance being a valuable player for his country.

    India has a very long list of great domestic players who went into oblivion, like Paddy Shivalkar, because of the "squatter" mentality of "great seniors", buttressed by the hero worship of fans, and aided and abetted by the administrators who wanted to continue milking the "brand image" of such greats, beyond thier shelf lives.

  • Greatest_Game on December 6, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    SA's selectors took a lot of heat when de Kock was first picked, & the media, Firdose included, stirred up much controversy about it. But, CSA stuck to their guns, & that decision is paying fruit.

    The Dire Straits song Walk Of Life has lines written for de Kock: "He got the action, he got the motion, oh Yeah the boy can play." He is, however, still a boy, & a year ago had the action & the motion, but not yet the application to harness his skills: in his debut matches he fizzled, in his 3 IPL games he failed. But de Kock also has the little-known next 2 words of that song: "Dedication devotion." Following well-directed advice, he has worked tirelessly at his game, harnessing & directing what comes to him so naturally.

    It shows, & as the song goes, "He got the action, he got the motion, oh Yeah the boy can play, Dedication devotion, Turning all the night time into the day." Yep - the boy has changed the night time of a faltering start into some pretty bright lights.

    Shine on, kid.

  • thunda.masala on December 5, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    @soaf. Really? They say that collective memory is too short lived. In the heat of the present, we forget the past and don't even look at what the future may hold. It is true that the Indian batsmen panicked and wore the trouble on themselves. The South African bowlers did fine but not extraordinary. There was precision in SA bowling but no sting. Let's see whether Indian batsmen realize that.

  • on December 5, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    de kock is certainly the future of SA.....

  • Shongololo on December 5, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    A fantastic innings by the brightest young prospect in South African cricket. Next step is to blood him in the Test side as he has shown on numerous occasions now that he belongs in this company and is a more than useful keeper to boot. On the subject of boot, you couldn't resist putting the boot in, could you, Ms Author...albeit in a subtle manner. Truth is, he was no luckier, played and missed no more often than Amla.

  • on December 5, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    When I saw the "probable side" including Graeme Smith i could not believe it....but thank goodness the captain and coach saw the light....chanuka i suppose...Smith,one of the all time great Test captains but there is absolutely no place for him in the side anymore...Todays side could be slightly stronger swapping Philander for Tsotsebe....Then effectively they would have 5 all rounders...and a very short tail...To have Mclaren and Parnell together....one of them ALWAYS makes a BIG contribution in either batting or bowling....Then De Villiers/Domingo just have to learn how to use Kallis and Duminy in the batting order..because both of them can be dangerously slow....If need be ..they should both or either be prepared to bat as late as 8 or 9 depending

  • chukki364 on December 5, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    I think he uses a heavy bat as well...providing that extra flourish to his stroke making when it gets going,but needs to learn a lot,specially which ball should be left alone?

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 5, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Well played young man. He took advantage of some pretty ordinary bowling by the Indian bowlers on a relatively tough pitch. One thing is for sure, his IPL stocks will surely rise following this performance. He's currently with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and they will think to retain him for the upcoming season. Best wishes.

  • soaf on December 5, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    two thumbs up! de kock is a great future prospect for SA and today he showed that he is miles better than his overrated rivals (dhawan,kohli and sharma) who can only score on the flat tracks of subcontinent and becomes minnows when they are outside of there. SAF should make the most of their home conditions and should never given any chance to these flat track bullies by presenting them a road at DURBAN and CENTURION.SAF is a great team and a very hospitable nation but never lose your reputation over hospitality and should treat a MINNOW as a MINNOW as i see no upset from this minnow indian side over this mighty PROTEAS side.

  • bouncer709 on December 5, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Well looking at De Kock face, he looks so innocent, cute boy, in fact all other SA or Australian players who comes and say that there age is around 20, their faces never match to their ages, all they looks above 30. but De Kocks look younger than his age.

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Time to promote him to the test side, he is the clear long term Boucher replacement. De Villiers doesn't need to continue with the burden of keeping wicket in any format with De Kock around playing like this.

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  • on December 5, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Time to promote him to the test side, he is the clear long term Boucher replacement. De Villiers doesn't need to continue with the burden of keeping wicket in any format with De Kock around playing like this.

  • bouncer709 on December 5, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Well looking at De Kock face, he looks so innocent, cute boy, in fact all other SA or Australian players who comes and say that there age is around 20, their faces never match to their ages, all they looks above 30. but De Kocks look younger than his age.

  • soaf on December 5, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    two thumbs up! de kock is a great future prospect for SA and today he showed that he is miles better than his overrated rivals (dhawan,kohli and sharma) who can only score on the flat tracks of subcontinent and becomes minnows when they are outside of there. SAF should make the most of their home conditions and should never given any chance to these flat track bullies by presenting them a road at DURBAN and CENTURION.SAF is a great team and a very hospitable nation but never lose your reputation over hospitality and should treat a MINNOW as a MINNOW as i see no upset from this minnow indian side over this mighty PROTEAS side.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 5, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Well played young man. He took advantage of some pretty ordinary bowling by the Indian bowlers on a relatively tough pitch. One thing is for sure, his IPL stocks will surely rise following this performance. He's currently with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and they will think to retain him for the upcoming season. Best wishes.

  • chukki364 on December 5, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    I think he uses a heavy bat as well...providing that extra flourish to his stroke making when it gets going,but needs to learn a lot,specially which ball should be left alone?

  • on December 5, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    When I saw the "probable side" including Graeme Smith i could not believe it....but thank goodness the captain and coach saw the light....chanuka i suppose...Smith,one of the all time great Test captains but there is absolutely no place for him in the side anymore...Todays side could be slightly stronger swapping Philander for Tsotsebe....Then effectively they would have 5 all rounders...and a very short tail...To have Mclaren and Parnell together....one of them ALWAYS makes a BIG contribution in either batting or bowling....Then De Villiers/Domingo just have to learn how to use Kallis and Duminy in the batting order..because both of them can be dangerously slow....If need be ..they should both or either be prepared to bat as late as 8 or 9 depending

  • Shongololo on December 5, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    A fantastic innings by the brightest young prospect in South African cricket. Next step is to blood him in the Test side as he has shown on numerous occasions now that he belongs in this company and is a more than useful keeper to boot. On the subject of boot, you couldn't resist putting the boot in, could you, Ms Author...albeit in a subtle manner. Truth is, he was no luckier, played and missed no more often than Amla.

  • on December 5, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    de kock is certainly the future of SA.....

  • thunda.masala on December 5, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    @soaf. Really? They say that collective memory is too short lived. In the heat of the present, we forget the past and don't even look at what the future may hold. It is true that the Indian batsmen panicked and wore the trouble on themselves. The South African bowlers did fine but not extraordinary. There was precision in SA bowling but no sting. Let's see whether Indian batsmen realize that.

  • Greatest_Game on December 6, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    SA's selectors took a lot of heat when de Kock was first picked, & the media, Firdose included, stirred up much controversy about it. But, CSA stuck to their guns, & that decision is paying fruit.

    The Dire Straits song Walk Of Life has lines written for de Kock: "He got the action, he got the motion, oh Yeah the boy can play." He is, however, still a boy, & a year ago had the action & the motion, but not yet the application to harness his skills: in his debut matches he fizzled, in his 3 IPL games he failed. But de Kock also has the little-known next 2 words of that song: "Dedication devotion." Following well-directed advice, he has worked tirelessly at his game, harnessing & directing what comes to him so naturally.

    It shows, & as the song goes, "He got the action, he got the motion, oh Yeah the boy can play, Dedication devotion, Turning all the night time into the day." Yep - the boy has changed the night time of a faltering start into some pretty bright lights.

    Shine on, kid.