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Quinton de Kock, IPL 2016’s first centurion

On current form, Quinton de Kock is the best wicket-keeper batsman in the world. And not just compared to MS Dhoni.  Even if non-IPL, international quality keepers like AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum and Jos Buttler are included, De Kock is currently head and shoulders above the pack.

Not literally though, as De Kock is one of the shorter men on any cricket field. In many viewer’s eyes, he’s still a boy, with his bright eyed, camera-shy demeanour. But boy (pun intended!), does this diminutive South African pack a punch.

On Sunday, Quinton de Kock scored the first century of the on-going Indian Premier League season, as he lead the Delhi Daredevils’ successful chase of 192, with almost an over to spare and seven wickets in hand. De Kock was ably supported by Karun Nair, who hit an exquisite 54 but had to settle for secondary plaudits in the wake of De Kock’s brilliance.

Quinton de Kock came into the IPL on the back of some excellent performances. He was South Africa’s only half-decent batting performer in the preceding World T20. He already has 10 centuries in ODI cricket and a Test batting average of over 45 – all this at just 23 years of age! De Kock is now a permanent fixture of the South African national side, and is likely to be a constant in the international arena in the years to come.

Looking at the Delhi Daredevils squad, as compared to some of the others, it was hard to see them qualifying for the semi-finals. While a lot of questions still need to be answered about the Daredevils unit, we predicted that De Kock would be the light at the end of the tunnel. In a previous feature we described De Kock as ‘the only true match-winner for Delhi Daredevils’. With two match-winning knocks in a row, that’s another prediction we’ve got right!

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