Quinton de Kock once again displayed that why he is one of the best white-ball openers going around world cricket currently during his audacious 44-ball 78- an innings that included nine fours and three sixes- that helped Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
De Kock had a slow start to his 2020 IPL campaign but the southpaw has come back brilliantly in the last four games, scoring three half-centuries in them. But, his knock against KKR in Abu Dhabi on Friday was probably the best he has played in this IPL season. This was QDK unleashed, absolutely unleashed, and the most eye-catching sight was his trademark swivel pull towards mid-wicket and his overall leg-side shenanigans.
When asked about his leg-side mastery, Quinton de Kock said-
To be honest, I’m not very sure – it’s the best shot I have in my armoury (talking about his leg-side game), I like to play it and it’s nice when it comes off. It’s all about keeping my balance, I don’t work too much on the cross-bat shots, it’s important to stay in line while playing those,” Quinton de Kock said in the post-match interview.
‘I was disappointed at not finishing it off last game’- Quinton de Kock
This was Quinton De Kock second consecutive ‘Player of the Match’ award, and it would have been the most satisfying out of two for the southpaw as this time he ensured that he stayed till the very end.
In the last match, De Kock scored another whirlwind 36-ball 53 but he wasn’t able to finish off the game for his side, something that left the Proteas white-ball captain disappointed.
”I was disappointed at not finishing it off last game, Mahela had a word to us – he keeps us in check, in focus, it’s nice to have such people around. I have played enough to not think too much about the keeping – everyone does drop catches and I’m not any different. I’m working on some aspects of the keeping, but I think I can keep improving on that aspect of the game,” de Kock signed off.