Quinton de Kock

South Africa|Wicketkeeper Batter
Quinton de Kock
INTL CAREER: 2012 - 2022
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Full Name

Quinton de Kock

Born

December 17, 1992, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Age

29y 354d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter

Quinton de Kock's fearless striking and handy glovework earned him comparisons to greats of the game like Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher early in his career. By 21, he shared the record for the most successive ODI centuries - three - before it was bettered by Kumar Sangakkara. A year later, he had established himself in all three formats for South Africa.

De Kock grew up as a baseball player and even considered a move to the United States, but his father convinced him to pursue cricket instead. He attended King Edward VII High School, the alma mater of Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie, and was picked for the South African U-19 side, which he captained briefly. He also topped the batting charts for South Africa in the 2012 junior World Cup in Australia.

Later that year he caught the national selectors' eyes when he starred in a match-winning partnership with McKenzie in the Champions League T20 against Mumbai Indians. He also finished fourth in the first-class rankings in the 2012-13 season.

After a bit of a false start to his international career - he didn't do much against New Zealand and Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013 - he scored his first ODI hundred against Pakistan later that year. Then came the three in a row against India, followed by his Test debut early in 2014.

An ankle injury threatened to put de Kock out of the 2015 World Cup, but he recovered quickly - if only to struggle through that tournament and a series against Bangladesh, after which he was dropped and spent some productive time in the A team.

His first Test hundred came against England in Centurion in 2016, and he followed that up with one against Australia three matches later in Adelaide, in a series South Africa won 2-1. He also hit his stride in the shortest format, scoring his maiden half-century in the T20 World Cup that year, in which he was South Africa's most successful batter. Elsewhere in T20, he was a key part of the Mumbai Indians side that won two IPL titles on the trot at the tail end of the 2010s, opening their batting and keeping.

In late 2021, de Kock announced a shock retirement from Tests, becoming another in a growing list of top all-format players seeking to concentrate on the white-ball formats.

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test549163300141*38.82465270.936224113322111
ODI1351357583317845.57607496.0317296708817712
T20I77769215679*32.171592135.42014222787116
FC8414210546319441.38724075.4512366847132316
List A1761748721917843.48747796.54213580712121518
T20291283258497140*32.936177137.5555388631721246
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test54------------
ODI135------------
T20I77------------
FC841690---9.00-000
List A176------------
T20291------------
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Quinton de Kock walks off the field after getting dismissed for 13
Nothing the Bangladesh bowlers threw at them seemed to trouble Rilee Rossouw or Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw put on a big stand after Temba Bavuma's dismissal
Quinton de Kock was off the blocks quickly again
Regis Chakabva understandably looks happier than Quinton de Kock as they walk off one last time
Quinton de Kock went hammer and tongs from the word go