Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was awarded ‘ Player of the Match’ for his amazing performance in the second ODI of the three-match ODI series between India and South Africa at the Boland Park, Paarl on Friday, January 21.
Indian team won the toss and elected to bat first and openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan provided a good start to the team. The best batsman from the Indian team in the 2nd ODI was wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who smashed 85 runs. Meanwhile, India were restricted to 287/6 by the Proteas bowlers.
Chasing 288 runs, Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan batted exceptionally well and added 132 runs. Also, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram had a good 74* runs partnership that helped South Africa win the match by 7 wickets.
Also, with the victory in the second ODI, South Africa have won the 3-match ODI series by 2-0, with one game remaining.
The more I batted, the more I felt my rhythm was coming back – Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock, who scored 78 runs off 66 balls including 7 fours and 3 sixes, during the post-match presentation said that he felt nice to score good runs for the Proteas side. He added that the more he batted the more he felt his rhythm coming back.
“ Nice to get out there and score a couple of runs for once. Lack of game-time catches up with players, so nice to be out there. The more I batted, the more I felt my rhythm was coming back.”
While talking about his partnership with Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock said:
“ Me and Janneman have a good relationship out there. I was coming at the bowlers and he was just rotating strike to get me on strike. We have a great understanding.”
Quinton de Kock also talked about his life after becoming a father and said that his point of view on life and kids, in general, changed after becoming a father.
“ (Life as a father) It’s been brief. Only had a chance to spend a couple of days at home. I think it’s changed my view on life and just kids in general.
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