De Kock has surpassed Kohli as the leading CWC run-scorer.

De Kock has surpassed Kohli as the leading CWC run-scorer.

Quinton de Kock has surpassed Virat Kohli as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023’s leading run-scorer.

South Africa’s opener hit an inspired 174 against Bangladesh in Mumbai on Tuesday, becoming the tournament’s leading run-scorer after five games.

De Kock’s stunning effort at the Wankhede Stadium was his third century in five tournament games, following his centuries against Sri Lanka and Australia earlier this month.

The opener’s brilliant form has resulted in 407 runs at the tournament, with the closest challengers being Kohli (354), Rohit Sharma (311), and Mohammad Rizwan (302).

Big-hitting South African Heinrich Klaasen leads the team in scoring with 288 runs at a strike rate of 150.78, the highest of any specialist batter at the tournament.

After his brilliant 174, De Kock was quick to credit his teammates rather than focusing on his own efforts.

“I think I’m more tired than satisfied, but it was a great day out for the guys; I think we all played very well and everyone did their part.”

“This morning I was a little nervous. Polly (Shaun Pollock) came in and gave us a speech, and I’m not usually one of these guys who gets nervous, but I was. But it was a great day, and I had a good time.

“He (Klaasen) has been absolutely incredible.” I’m not sure what he’s doing, but I need some of that juice he’s drinking. He’s just been really special this year, not just for us, but for everyone around the world. He’s crushing it, and I’m overjoyed for him.”

Prior to Tuesday’s game, India’s Kohli and Rohit had been the two leading scorers in the tournament, with the Indian pair showing excellent form to help their side to the top of the standings.

Kohli was dismissed for 95 against New Zealand on Sunday, falling just short of back-to-back centuries, but the captain has made significant and fast-paced contributions in each of his last four innings.

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