Devastating De Kock: Free-flowing Quinny 'one of the most dangerous batters in the world'

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Quinton de Kock (Gallo)
Quinton de Kock (Gallo)

The Proteas left Hobart disappointed at sharing the points with African neighbours Zimbabwe in their T20 World Cup opener on Monday, but there was one glaring positive. 

It came in the form of opening batsman Quinton de Kock, who blasted 47* off just 17 balls to launch his side to 51/0 (3) when play was eventually called off for the day as the rain pelted down. 

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The Proteas were well on course to chase down the 64 they needed from 7 reduced overs, but the rain had the final say and the fact they couldn't complete five overs meant the match was determined a 'no result'. 

The Proteas now shift their focus to Bangladesh in Sydney on Thursday, where coach Mark Boucher will be hoping for the same destructive intensity from his gun left-hander. 

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"Quinny (De Kock) is one of the most dangerous batters in the world when he plays like that," said Boucher after Monday's clash. 

"It's nice from a coaching perspective to see him going out there and playing with that freedom. That's good for us.

"Quinny maximised, which was good to see."

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Boucher said it was important for De Kock to play with freedom. 

"In a competition like this, sometimes guys can tense up a bit, so it's very good to see Quinny seize a moment where he went out and played the free-flowing game that we know he can play," said Boucher.

"When he comes off, he is very dangerous.

"I'm happy for him to get a start like that, and hopefully he can continue with that confidence and freedom, because that's when we get the best out of him.

"I'm just happy with the way that we played and our intensity was very good today, so that's a positive I can take out of it and also Quinny played some really special cricket shots which I think sends a bit of a message as well."

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