Mumbai Indians’ keeper-batsman Quinton De Kock is a vital cog in their top-order, especially with Rohit Sharma missing the last three games of IPL 2020. Despite a lean start to the tournament, Quinton De Kock has 392 runs in the competition from 12 fixtures at 39.20. The southpaw admits making silly mistakes in the first half of the edition, leading to his poor run.
Quinton De Kock had scores of 33, 1, 14, and 0 in the first four matches of IPL 2020 with Rohit Sharma displaying inconsistent form too. Despite that, the defending champions maintained their dominance and remained in the upper half of the points table. It was against the SunRisers Hyderabad that De Kock found his stride, striking 67 off 39 deliveries and hammered three more fifties.
Quinton De Kock revealed that he hit the ball well in the nets and went on to make silly mistakes on the field. However, it was not beyond remedy and felt better once he found his rhythm. The 27-year old, whose side have qualified for the playoffs, underlined their intention to finish in the top two. De Kock went on to say that the next match against Delhi Capitals is as crucial as the last one.
“I was hitting the ball well in the nets. I just made silly mistakes in the first part of the tournament. But nothing that cannot be fixed. Once I found my rhythm that is when I started to feel better. We will try to finish in the top two. That will be our number one goal. The next game is just as important as the last one,” De Kock told ANI.
“Having experienced middle-order helps in any situation” : Quinton De Kock
The Johannesburg-born added that having an experienced middle-order helps in any situation and the openers target the best start possible. De Kock revealed that it is crucial to give the middle-order batsmen the strike if they are out in the middle since they are the biggest hitters of the ball. Mumbai Indians undoubtedly have gifted middle-order batsmen to finishers in the form of Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Krunal Pandya.
“Having experienced middle-order helps in any situation. I would not say it changes our mindset upfront. We just look to get off to the best start possible… If you are still out there and batting with them, it is important that we give them the strike because they are bigger strikers,” he added.