Rain risk to De Kock’s 3 tons

2013-12-11 00:00

CENTURION — Quinton de Kock’s quest to become only the fifth batsman ever to hit three successive centuries is under threat — not by the Indian bowlers — but by the rainy weather in the region.

Should the 20-year old youngster lift his bat in the air again today to acknowledge another century, he will also become only the fourth batsman ever to score three or more centuries in a One-Day International match before his coming of age.

Two South Africans — Herschelle Gibbs (2002) and AB de Villiers (2010) — have been able to hit three centuries in succession.

Gibbs’s centuries were against Kenya (116), India (116*) and 153 against Bangladesh.

De Villiers hit 114* and 102* against India and 102 against the West Indians.

The other two batsmen who each reached a hat-trick of centuries, were Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas (1982/’83) and Saeed Anwar (1993).

De Kock, who has played two innings of 135 and 106 against India, after hitting his first ODI century against Pakistan, is now only the fourth batsman who has scored three centuries before reaching the age of 21.

He is, however, the first batsman who accomplished this milestone against top cricketing countries.

The others are Ireland’s Paul Stirling as well as the Bangladesh duo, Tamin Iqbal and Sharhiar Nafees.

De Kock also became the fifth player ever last Sunday in Durban to hit a century and take four catches in the same match. The other four — all wicketkeepers — were England’s Alec Stewart, Mohammad Shahzaad from Afghanistan, AB de Villiers and MS Dhoni, the Indian captain.

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