South Africans are awestruck by de Kock’s World Cup run-scoring exploits.

South Africans are awestruck by de Kock’s World Cup run-scoring exploits.

AB de Villiers has admitted that Quinton de Kock’s record-breaking run during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has taken him by surprise.

While de Villiers is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s best batters in recent years, de Kock has made a name for himself with a string of outstanding individual performances at the World Cup in India.

De Kock already has four centuries to his name, which is tied for the second most by an individual at a Men’s Cricket World Cup, and his 545 runs in seven innings are the most ever scored by a South African batter in a single edition of the tournament.

De Kock’s record-breaking run has come as no surprise to de Villiers, who has always considered his former teammate to be among the best South African players.

“He has always been very special to me since the first day I watched him play,” said de Villiers in India.

“Quinnie demonstrated that he was simply a class above everyone else.”

“I’ve never seen anyone hit the ball on the up as consistently as he does, and he’s always kept that form.”

“Yes, one or two failures here or there, but he has always had the ability to bounce back.”

De Kock’s four centuries in India over the last month give him 21 ODI centuries, four fewer than de Villiers’ 25 ODI tons during his long and distinguished white-ball career that spanned more than 13 years.
De Villiers even scored 482 runs for his country in the 11th World Cup in Australia in 2015, but de Kock has already surpassed that total during his sensational run in India.
“I think it is the best game I have ever seen him play in a World Cup,” de Villiers added.

“He certainly appears to be at ease; he has a point to prove and appears to be doing so calmly.”

“South Africa needs him to give us that solid start as often as possible as it is really good for the middle over if we get that solid start.”

With only one loss in seven matches in India and de Kock in fine form, de Villiers believes the Proteas are well on their way to reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the fifth time in their history and going even further this time.

“At the moment the batting order is really good all round, and there is an all-round belief in each other and the bowlers,” he said.

“Everyone that was being doubted at the start of the tournament are starting to show form so, all in all, things are coming together and hopefully we will go all the way.”

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