South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock recently secured his fourth ODI World Cup 2023 hundred against New Zealand on Wednesday, 1 November at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. He amassed 114 off 116 balls to help South Africa reach a total of 357/4 in the first innings against New Zealand.
De Kock is set to retire from the ODI format at the end of this tournament and speaking in the mid-innings interview, said that he is trying to give his everything in each innings.
“I’m trying to give it my all while batting. Just trying to bat long and my career is coming down. So trying to bat as long as possible,” de Kock told the broadcaster at the mid-innings interview.
Quinton de Kock also shattered the record for most runs in the single edition of the tournament by a South African batter, surpassing Jacques Kallis’ feat of 485 from the 2007 edition.
“I’m feeling good lately. I’m happy that everything is coming up nicely at the right time for us. They bowled really well up front, especially Boulty. I was scratchy and couldn’t get my rhythm. I got messages from the guys in the dugout to bat through and stay till the end,” de Kock said.
De Kock combined with Rassie van der Dussen to set South Africa up for a massive score. Some late hitting from David Miller took South Africa to 357/4, their fourth 350+ run total in the tournament.