Quinton de Kock’s performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh on October 24, at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, was nothing short of extraordinary. The South African wicketkeeper-batsman delivered a breathtaking innings, showcasing his prowess with the bat. He reached his third century of the tournament in just 101 balls, solidifying his reputation as a world-class player.
De Kock’s innings of 174 runs off 140 balls was characterized by a flurry of boundaries, with 15 fours and seven sixes to his name. He left the crowd in awe with his exceptional shot-making and innovative strokeplay, epitomized by his reverse sweep for a six over third man against Mahmudullah in the 22nd over.
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Not only did De Kock make history with his stellar performance, but he also set new records. His score of 174 became the second-highest individual score for South Africa in World Cup history. What’s more, it marked the highest-ever score by a designated wicketkeeper in the tournament’s history, surpassing the previous record held by Australia’s Adam Gilchrist, who scored 149 in the 2007 World Cup final.
While De Kock’s brilliance was central to South Africa’s performance, Captain Aiden Markram also played a crucial role, contributing 60 runs from 69 balls. The pair put on an impressive 131-run partnership after the team faced early setbacks. Following Markram’s dismissal, Heinrich Klaasen stepped in and continued the onslaught, amassing 90 runs from just 49 balls, with two fours and eight sixes.
Thanks to these remarkable performances, South Africa posted a formidable total of 382/5 in their allotted 50 overs. Hasan Mahmud stood out as the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh, claiming 2 wickets for 67 runs in his six overs, while Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam, and Shakib Al Hasan each secured a wicket. In sum, De Kock’s extraordinary innings and the collective effort of the team left an indelible mark on the tournament, setting a high standard for the matches to come.