Quinton de Kock – The Baby Face Assassin
Quinton de Kock first came into the limelight when he made his T20I debut against New Zealand on 21st December 2012. He earned this call-up following his explosive form in the Champions League T20 earlier that year. The left-handed opener started his young career in the senior team of Gauteng, aged just 16. Looking at the potential on offer, he was then selected for the South African Under-19 team for the 2012 Under-19 World Cup. The opener smashed 284 runs in the tournament, finishing as South Africa’s top scorer and fourth-highest scorer overall in the tournament.
He made his ODI debut in January 2013 against New Zealand. Later that year, he scored 3 consecutive centuries against India in a bilateral ODI series, breaking multiple records. Following his impressive form in the limited-over format with both the bat and gloves, he was given his first Test cap for South Africa against Australia in 2014. The wicketkeeper-batter hit his purple patch in 2016 and has been an integral part of the South African international team in all formats ever since. He is also the current captain of the South African team.
De Kock first joined the Indian T20 League in 2013, after Hyderabad grabbed the South African looking at his raw potential. However, failing to impress, he was released and then bought by Team Delhi in 2014. He went on producing good performances, including a century. He has since played for Team Bangalore and is now an integral part of the 5-time league winners and defending champions Team Mumbai.
Quinton de Kock’s Personal Details
- Quinton de Kock
- Date of Birth
- 17th December, 1992
- Gauteng, Johannesburg
- South African
- Playing Role
- Opening batter and wicketkeeper
- Batting Style
- Left-handed batter
- Major Teams Played For
- South Africa, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Cape Town, Mumbai
Quinton de Kock Career Summary
- 141 vs WI
- 178 vs AUS
- 79* vs IND
Quinton de Kock – Key Skills and Strengths
Over the years, Quinton de Kock has proved to be a valuable asset to every team he has played for. Despite not having a heavy build or stature, the left-hander can still hit big shots. However, his main strength lies in his stroke play, being able to find the important boundaries at the start of the innings with the field restrictions on. His favored area of scoring is the off side, where he accumulates over 70 percent of his runs, with the cover drive and the square cut being his favorite shots.
Another important asset of the left-hander’s game is his aggressive mindset and temperament. His strike rates in ODIs and T20Is speak for themselves. Along with providing quick starts, he ensures he stays on the crease and sticks around until the end. Regardless of the fact that he has played his entire life on the fast and bouncy pitches of South Africa, he is one of the best players of spin too. He is a nightmare for every bowler on the subcontinent pitches, with India being one of his favorite teams to play against.
Other than with the bat, the South African is very handy with the gloves too. He is the fastest wicketkeeper in terms of matches to have 200 Test dismissals, beating the previous record held by Adam Gilchrist.
Quinton de Kock’s Awards and Achievements
Here are some of de Kock’s records and achievements in international cricket:
De Kock is the fastest South African to reach 1000 ODI runs.
He was named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year in 2017 and 2020.
He jointly holds the record for the most dismissals (6) in an ODI innings by a wicketkeeper.
He is the fastest South African to score a T20I half century.
He is the quickest wicketkeeper in terms of matches to effect 150 and 200 Test dismissals.
Quinton de Kock’s Indian T20 League Journey
After impressing the world with his batting and wicketkeeping skills, the young left-hander was purchased by Team Hyderabad in the 2013 edition of the Indian T20 League. De Kock, however, found it difficult to adjust to the pitches in India and scored mere 6 runs in three matches before losing his spot.
Nonetheless, the potential was always present and Team Delhi purchased him in the 2014 edition of the Indian T20 League for ₹3.5 crore, and he became the highest bid foreign wicketkeeper in that auction. Over the course of three seasons, he scored 720 runs with a strike rate of over 135, which included a hundred as well.
His move to Bangalore in 2018 didn’t work well. However, Mumbai purchased the South African in 2019 and he has been one of their main assets since. He scored 500+ runs in both editions of the league for Mumbai and is currently their top scorer in the ongoing edition of the Indian T20 League.
- Indian T20 League
- 108 vs Bangalore
Quinton de Kock: FAQs
De Kock likes fishing and playing cards during his spare time.
The South African captain grew up playing baseball and even considered a move to the United States. However, his father convinced him to choose cricket instead.
Neil McKenzie mentored and coached de Kock in his early career when they played for the same domestic club in South Africa in the shorter format. They also attended the same school, King Edward VII High School.
De Kock is fond of Johnny Clegg, who is a South African musician.