South Africa’s opener, Quinton de Kock, hit a six against New Zealand to score his fourth century in the 2023 World Cup at Pune’s MCA Stadium on November 1. This achievement puts de Kock on par with former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara’s record for four centuries in a single edition of the ODI World Cup.
He is now second only to India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, who scored five centuries in the 2019 World Cup. De Kock reached his century during the 36th over of South Africa’s innings. James Neesham delivered a short ball towards the middle and leg. The left-handed batsman deftly guided it over long leg for a six.
The shot resembled Suryakumar Yadav’s style. This marked de Kock’s 21st century in One Day Internationals (ODIs). De Kock’s innings concluded at 114 runs from 116 balls, featuring three sixes and 10 boundaries. He was caught by Glenn Phillips at backward point while facing Tim Southee.
Lately, he notched up centuries against Sri Lanka (100), Australia (109), and Bangladesh (174). Remarkably, he’s the first player to surpass 500 runs in this edition of the prestigious ICC tournament.
Quinton de Kock has decided to stop playing One Day International (ODI) matches after the World Cup. He made this choice because he could earn more money by participating in T20 leagues.
In the latest ODI rankings, he is the third-best player, with Shubman Gill and Babar Azam being the top two.
Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen have given South Africa a strong advantage over New Zealand
Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen have placed South Africa in a dominant position against New Zealand in the World Cup match on Wednesday. They formed a formidable 200-run partnership for the second wicket.
After losing their first wicket with skipper Temba Bavuma scoring 24 runs from 28 balls, thanks to Trent Boult’s slip catch, the Proteas were at 38.
To provide some context, South Africa has not won against New Zealand in the ODI World Cup since 1999. They have won just once in eight encounters against the BlackCaps.
In the current standings, the Proteas are in the second position with 10 points. Their only loss came in the first six matches against the Netherlands, with a margin of 38 runs.
The Kiwis, on the contrary, suffered back-to-back defeats against India and Australia after winning their first four consecutive games.