Biography: Quinton De Kock is a left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper who plays for South Africa in limited overs cricket. He is also a former captain of the Proteas in all three formats. He is widely regarded as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the world.
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Quinton De Kock Early Life and Career
De Kock was born on 17 December 1992 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He attended King Edward VII School, where he excelled in cricket and was spotted as an exceptional talent from. He represented South Africa in the Under-19 World Cup in 2012 and made his domestic debut for the Highveld Lions in that year.
De Kock quickly caught the national selectors’ eye when he starred in a match-winning partnership with Neil McKenzie in the Champions League T20 against the Mumbai Indians. He also finished fourth on the first-class rankings, despite playing only six of the 10 matches that summer.
International Debut and Records
De Kock made his international debut in a T20I match against New Zealand in December 2012, as a replacement for the rested AB de Villiers. He scored his first ODI century against Pakistan in November 2013 and followed it up with three consecutive centuries against India in December 2013, becoming the fourth player to achieve this feat.
De Kock made his Test debut against Australia in February 2014, playing solely as a batsman. He scored his maiden Test century against England in January 2016 and became the second-fastest player to score 10 Test centuries, behind only Don Bradman.
De Kock holds several records in ODI cricket, such as the fastest player to score 12 centuries, the most centuries by a wicket-keeper, and the highest individual score by a South African (178). He also holds the record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in a single ODI innings (six).
Retirement and Controversy
De Kock announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect on 30 December 2021, citing mental fatigue and workload management as the reasons. He expressed his intention to retire from ODI cricket after the 2023 World Cup, with speculation that the financial benefit of playing in T20 leagues had influenced his decision. De Kock also said would continue playing T20 for South Africa until the 2024 World Cup.
He also faced controversy when he opted to miss a T20 World Cup match against West Indies on 26 October 2021 for “personal reasons”, after the team was directed to take a knee in their remaining games. He had declined to take a knee in the past, saying that it was his personal opinion and no one was forced to do anything.
Quinton De Kock Personal Life and Achievements
De Kock married Sasha Hurly, a cheerleader, on 19 September 2016. They met during the IPL, where he played for various teams such as Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Lucknow Super Giants. He also played for other domestic and franchise teams such as Lions, Titans, Cape Town Blitz, Southern Brave, Barbados Royals, Durban’s Super Giants, and Seattle Orcas.
De Kock was named the Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa’s 2017 Annual Awards. He also won several other awards such as ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year (2016), South African ODI Cricketer of the Year (2016 and 2017), South African T20I Cricketer of the Year (2019), and ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Decade (2020).