Quinton de Kock continued his regal form in World Cup 2023, hitting his third hundred of the tournament on Tuesday in South Africa’s group stage match against Bangladesh at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. De Kock mixed caution with aggression wonderfully well, bringing up his 20th ODI hundred.
Quinton de Kock, who announced he would retire from the 50-over format at the end of the tournament, has been giving it his all for the Proteas at the top of the order. De Kock got to his hundred in just 101 balls, as he helped South Africa set up a solid platform for another big total in the World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium.
de Kock became only the 7th batter in the history of the World Cup to hit at least 3 hundreds in a single edition of the tournament and the first batter to do so in this edition in India. De Kock joined an elite list of batters, including Rohit Sharma, Kumar Sangakkara and Sourav Ganguly to achieve the feat.
De Kock was without a World Cup hundred in 2015 and 2019 but he broke the duck, scoring an 84-ball 100 against Sri Lanka in Delhi in a match where South Africa broke the world record for the highest total posted in a World Cup match – 428. He then stood out on a tough Lucknow pitch, hitting a match-winning 110 against Australia.
De Kock hit 4 sixes and 6 when he got the past 3-figure score in the 35th over of the South African innings after Aiden Markram won the toss and opted to bat.
South Africa went past 200 in the 30th over and were set to post a total in excess of 300 for the 4th time in 5 innings in the World Cup.
Quinton de Kock also went past AB de Villiers record of 2 hundreds in the 2015 World Cup, stamping his status as one of the finest ODI batters for the Proteas.