Proteas star wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock is making headlines these days for all the right reasons. Coming off his best year in international cricket in 2016, he started 2017 in fabulous fashion on an incredibly tough batting wicket at the Newlands Cricket Ground against Sri Lanka with a brisk unbeaten 68 off 90 balls.
Kock’s brilliant knock came to the attention of opener Dean Elgar who batted equally well scoring 129 on Day 1.
De Kock’s knock was what caught the eye though. Being asked to describe the wicket-keeper by sport24.co.za, this is what Elgar had to say, “Quinny is one of those freaks of world cricket.”
None of South Africa’s top-order batsmen, Hashim Amla, Stephen Cook or even JP Duminy offered second fiddle support to Elgar in tough conditions on day 1 as Sri Lanka’s bowlers, Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara ran riot.
This was until de Kock made his way out to the middle, and owned the bowlers like never before.
Elgar was in absolute awe of his teammate. “His nature of play is not going to change very much. He puts bowlers under a lot of pressure. They tend to think that they’re on top of him, but next thing you wipe your eyes and he’s got a 50 which is great for us. I can’t compete with Quinny … he’s a world beater. The moment I start trying to compete with him is when I’m going to fail.” he said.
Having started out as a middle-order batsman, Elgar’s career took a turn when he started to open the batting for his country in Tests. But with an average of less than 40 and having had one of his poorer years in 2016, the pressure to perform was firmly on him.
On day one at Cape Town, he stood tall as he scored an imperious 129 to trouble the Lankans.