Quinton de Kock’s extraordinary triple

Quinton de Kock is only one of two batsmen to strike a century in ODI cricket while opening the batting and captaining the side.

In a match between England and South Africa at Cape Town in February 2020, Quinton de Kock was leading South Africa in the absence of Faf du Plessis. England batted first and scored 258 from their 50 overs while losing 8 wickets.

TabraizShamsi was the best bowler for South Africa and picked up three wickets while conceding 38 runs. Beuran Hendricks, AndilePhehlukwayo and LuthoSipamla also picked up one wicket each.

Quinton de Kock walked out to open the batting for South Africa along with Reeza Hendricks. Hendricks was dismissed for just 6 but de Kock went about his business in clinical fashion and had a 150 plus partnership with Temba Bavuma.

De Kock was finally dismissed on the first ball of the 36th over bowled by Joe Root, but by then, he had already scored a century. He made 107 off 113 deliveries with 11 fours at a strike rate of 94.69. South Africa comfortably chased down the total and won by 7 wickets in the 48th over. Expectedly, Quinny was the player of the match.

The 28-year-old has captained South Africa in 8 ODIs, out of which the team has won 4 and lost 3. The batsman has over 5000 runs from 123 innings at an average of 44.74 and a strike rate of 94.7 with 603 boundaries and 76 sixes in the format. He has struck 26 half centuries and 15 centuries. De Kock was recently sacked as captain, with Temba Bavuma given the responsibility.

The only other incident of a wicketkeeper captain scoring a century in ODI cricket was when Adam Gilchrist was leading Australia against Sri Lanka in Perth in 2005-06.

Sri Lanka batted first and made 233/8 from their 50 overs. Stuart Clark was the best bowler for Australia and kept things tight throughout.

In reply, Adam Gilchrist and Simon Katich had a 191 run partnership which lasted till the 33rd over. Gilchrist was the first man to be dismissed, on 116 off 105 balls. He spent 131 minutes at the crease and struck 11 fours and 4 sixes.

Gilli batted with a strike rate of 110.47 and faced 82 deliveries as Australia easily went over the line by six wickets in the 41st over itself.

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