Town - In just two ODIs in Sri Lanka, Quinton de Kock has given a timely
reminder of his worth to this Proteas team as preparations for the 2019 World
His 47 in the first ODI on Sunday was followed by a knock of 87 in
Dambulla on Wednesday, and while he was dropped twice - on 18 and 20 - De
Kock's vast array of quality shot-making suggested that he is not far off his
In De Kock, the Proteas have one
of their biggest weapons in their bid to win a first ever World Cup next year.
His wicketkeeping is improving
all the time and he is already one of the best in the world in that regard, but
in the white ball formats it is De Kock's explosive batting that makes him such
a valuable asset.
De Kock can take games away from
opposition bowling attacks quicker than most, with his natural aggression in
the powerplay overs key.
Now 92 ODIs into his international career, De Kock has maintained a
healthy average of 45.90 in the
format and he scores his runs at a strike rate of 94.10.
Perhaps even more impressive is
his conversion rate.
De Kock has turned 13 of his 29 half-centuries into centuries, and on Wednesday he looked almost
certain to get to his 14th ton before an impulsive mistake cost him his
But by the time De Kock went out,
the damage was already done from a Sri Lankan perspective.
"Obviously I'm feeling more
satisfied now than I was in the Test matches," De Kock said after Wednesday's
"It was quite tough then, so
coming into the white ball with a change of format and starting to add some
value to the team is always nice.
"It's just great to be on
the winning team again in Sri Lanka."
De Kock and the rest of the
Proteas struggled immensely in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka,
losing both matches heavily, but they now find themselves 2-0 up in the ODI
series with just three matches to play.
De Kock's opening partner, Hashim
Amla, also suggested that he was finding some touch again with a run-a-ball
knock of 43 on Wednesday.
It is an opening pair that has
been considered one of the best in ODI cricket over the years, and De Kock
helped explain why.
"It's very, very
chilled," he said.
"His demeanour is very
relaxed so we keep each other very calm. That's what we do well together so
it's just nice to finally bat with him again and score some runs."
The third ODI is a day game
starting at 06:30 (SA time) on Sunday in Kandy.