Best innings of Quinton de Kock in IPL
Quinton De Kock’s immaculate glove-work behind the stumps and sumptuous strokeplay makes his one of the finest wicket-keeper batsmen of the current era. Ever since making his debut for South Africa, Quinton De Kock has impressed one and all with his match-defining knocks. He is currently leading South African cricket team in the limited over’s format and has been in the form of his life.
As far as his IPL career is concerned, De Kock has quite achieved a mountain of success. However, he has been piling on runs consistently for the last three seasons. He enjoyed a great season last year, where he amassed 529 runs in 16 matches at an average and a strike rate of 35 and 132.
5 Best innings of Quinton de Kock in IPL
Given that he has been in a good run of form of late, De Kock should be a man to watch out for ahead of the 2020 Indian Premier League. Here’s a look at top 5 knocks of Quinton de Kock in Indian Premier League:
5. 60 off 39 balls against Kings Eleven Punjab in 2019 edition:
Quinton de Kock played a lot of heart-warming knocks in the 2019 edition and his 60-run knock against KXIP is certainly one of them. Opening the innings with Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock shared a 50-run opening partnership before Rohit Sharma fell in the 6th over. The South African batsman, however, kept on piling runs and compiled a beautiful 39-ball 60, including 6 fours and 2 sixes.
His knock helped Mumbai post a commendable 176-run total in 20 overs. However, what followed in the second innings was mayhem. Lokesh Rahul scored an unbeaten 71, while Gayle and Mayank scored 40 and 43 respectively as KXIP chased down the total in just 18.4 overs.
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4. 65 off 47 against RR in 2019
The 36th match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians saw de Kock playing another fine inning of 65 runs off 47 balls, a knock which was laced with six fours and two sixes. De Kock set the tone for a high scoring total as Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik gave late flourish to the innings. MI in their first innings scored 161 runs in 20 overs.
Unfortunately, one more occasion, his innings went in vain as MI chased down the total in 19.1 overs, thanks to brilliant contributions from Steve Smith and Riyan Parag who scored 59 and 43 respectively.
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3. 69 off 39 balls against RCB in 2015
Before this innings, de Kock was just 13 matches old and had one-half century to his name. In the match against RCB, he found his groove right from the start of the innings and lit the stadium with boundaries all around. He struck 69 runs off just 39 balls. He hit nine fours and three sixes during the course of his innings.
His 69-run knock against RCB in 2015 sits third in our list of top 5 knocks of Quinton de Kock in IPL.
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4. 81 off 52 balls against RR in 2019 IPL
A day when De Kock was hitting sixes for fun. It probably was De Kock’s finest knock in IPL. No matter who the bowler was, the South African batsman was sending the ball to all parts of the ground.
He hit four sixes and six sixes en route to his 81 off 52 balls. He gave a firing start to the team as the team posted a formidable 187 runs on the board in 20 overs.
Though, it was overshadowed by another gem of an innings played by Jos Buttler in the same match. He scored 89 runs off just 43 balls as RR won that game by 4 wickets. Nevertheless, De Kock’s 81-run knock ranks at second in the list of top 5 knocks of Quinton de Kock in IPL.
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5. 108 off 51 balls in 2016 IPL
The 11th match of 2016 edition of IPL is regarded as one of the most memorable matches in the history of IPL. A run-fest where both teams scored runs in access of 190. Delhi Daredevils, though, had the last laugh, thanks to a brilliant 108-run knock off just 51 balls. De Kock hit his maiden century in the IPL and much to the delight of DD fans, his knock helped his team win that game by 7 wickets.
Batting first, RCB posted 191 runs in 20 overs. Runs flowed at a similar rate in the second innings as well as DC chased down the total with 5 balls remaining in the end. De Kock’s century is listed at the top in the list of top 5 knocks of Quinton De Kock in IPL.
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