De Kock amused by Ishant's 'lucky' remark

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South Africa batsman Quinton de Kock, in the wake of three ODI centuries in a row against India, has laughed off Ishant Sharma's suggestion that he, De Kock, had been 'lucky' to score three tons on the bounce.

South Africa batsman Quinton de Kock, in the wake of three ODI centuries in a row against India, has laughed off Ishant Sharma's suggestion that he, De Kock, had been 'lucky' to score three tons on the bounce.

De Kock became the fifth batsman to score three ODI tons in a row, the first to do so in a three-match series, and became the top run scorer in a three-game bilateral series. He also has no ODI fifties, having converted all four to tons.

But Ishant said after the third ODI that De Kock had been fortunate, given some dropped catches, saying: ""I think he has been quite lucky. I can say that.

"Because the ball is getting in between fielders, he is getting top edges, players have been dropping catches off him. I think, you have to take positives. If he is scoring, good for him. What we can do is more important."

An amused De Kock, who was not picked for the Test series starting next week despite his centuries, said of the comments: "He was telling the truth. I did get a bit lucky today.

"There were two dropped catches and I was really angry with myself. I just had to go back into my bubble again."

Meanwhile, skipper AB de Villiers also made a century in the third game, and had some words of advice for the 20-year-old, who later said he didn't remember anything of those chats in the middle.

De Villiers said, laughing: "I spoke to him twice. I spoke to him before the start of the game today and I told him never to be satisfied. And then I spoke to him when he was the 90s. Anyway, he can't remember anything."

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