Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) assistant coach Vijay Dahiya gave insights on how Quinton de Kock charged on against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday (May 18).
De Kock displayed a batting masterclass en route to a marvelous unbeaten 140 off 70 balls, including 10 fours and as many sixes, with a staggering strike rate of 200.
The South African gloveman was involved in a magnificent record-breaking 210-run opening stand with skipper KL Rahul (68*).
De Kock registered the third-highest individual score in IPL as Chris Gayle’s 175* against PWI in 2013 and Brendon McCullum’s 158* against RCB in 2008 remain the two best innings of the cash-rich league.
Quinton was always saying he never felt so good with his performance this season: Vijay Dahiya
De Kock’s sensational knock helped him enter the top five run-getters in IPL 2022. The southpaw has amassed 502 runs in 14 innings and is only behind Rahul (537) and Rajasthan Royals’ batter Jos Buttler (627).
Dahiya said de Kock wanted to make his opportunities count as he wasn’t pleased with his scores and had to wait for the right moment.
“I will speak about Quinton. Sometimes he got runs, sometimes he didn’t. When we practiced, or when he was knocking or taking throw-downs, he was always saying he never felt so good and how come it happened that he wasn’t able to score,” Dahiya said in the post-match press conference.
“He also said the day he got going, he would make it count and he did that today (last night). And the way they batted for 20 overs, without any wicket falling, just fantastic,” he added.
I was a little bit cooked up: Quinton de Kock
The South African opener himself admitted he was unhappy with his performances in the last few games and it served him motivation to up the ante.
“I was a little bit cooked. But I had to get out there and get on with the job. It was just a bit of frustration that came out. The last couple of games just the way I was getting out. It was just a bit of release. I didn’t know what I was thinking, I was just keeping it in,” de Kock said in the post-match presentation.
LSG won by two runs in a nail-biting match that went down to the wire and secured their position in the playoffs while KKR were eliminated along with MI and CSK.