Quinton de Kock’s Final ODI Innings: Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper-batsman for South Africa and one of the best openers in modern cricket, is about to end his illustrious career. De Kock, a veteran player with 140 One Day International (ODI) matches under his credit, announced his decision through Cricket South Africa on Tuesday, September 5th, during the team’s ODI World Cup squad announcement.
Quinton de Kock’s Final ODI Innings: Retirement Confirmed After ICC World Cup 2023
South African cricket legend Quinton de Kock exploded onto the ODI arena in 2013. Since then, he has worn the Proteas jersey in 140 matches, amassing a remarkable 5966 runs. His batting prowess is undeniable, as evidenced by his astounding batting average of 44.85 and remarkable strike rate of 96.08. De Kock’s bat has delivered 17 centuries and 29 half-centuries, with his highest score being an awe-inspiring 178 against Australia at Centurion in 2016.
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Quinton de Kock has demonstrated exceptional wicket-keeping abilities in addition to his impressive batting skills. He has completed 183 receptions and 14 stumpings successfully, contributing significantly to the team’s defensive strategies.
The 30-year-old cricketer has proudly represented South Africa in two Cricket World Cup tournaments, accumulating 450 runs in 17 matches at an average of 30.
In addition, de Kock’s leadership talents were put to the test when he captained the South African team in eight One-Day Internationals. Under his direction, the team was victorious in four matches and defeated in three.
Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe commented on De Kock’s decision to retire from ODIs, stating, “Quinton de Kock has been a tremendous asset to South African cricket.” His aggressive batting style set the standard, and he was a vital member of the team for a number of years.
“He also wore the captain’s armband, which is an honour held by very few individuals.
“We respect his decision to retire from ODI cricket, and we appreciate his devotion over the years. We wish him well for the future but look forwards to seeing him play T20I cricket for the Proteas.”
South Africa will kick off their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on October 7 in Delhi.