De Kock’s magical ten centuries


At only 23 years of age, South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock became the youngest player in the history of ODI cricket to record 10 centuries (in 57 games).

We look at all his hundreds and in what context they came about:

4th ODI: Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi – 8 November, 2013

In his ninth match in 50-over cricket for the Proteas, De Kock scores a magnificent 112 in South Africa's total of 266 for five batting first (no other Proteas player got fifty).

The Proteas went on to win the game by 28 runs and the gloveman took all the plaudits.

1st ODI: South Africa v India at Johannesburg – 5 December, 2013

A month later the Proteas hosted India in a three-match series and De Kock, in his 14th match, stroked 135 as the hosts batted first and amassed 358 for four in their 50 overs.

The home team went on to win by a huge margin of 104 runs and the young gun deservedly got the man of the match award.

2nd ODI: South Africa v India at Durban – 8 December, 2013

The Proteas again bat first and De Kock scores 106 and shares in an opening partnership of 194 with Hashim Amla (100). Rain reduces the contest to 49 overs per side and South Africa sets India a target of 281 to win.

The bowlers again do their work well and the Proteas win by a comfortable margin of 134 runs to win the series with a game to spare.

3rd ODI: South Africa v India at Centurion – 11 December, 2013

In what was effectively a dead rubber, South Africa bat first and tally up 301 for eight in their allotted overs with De Kock hitting 101, to complete three consecutive tons in the series, but this time it is not the top-score as AB de Villiers scores 109.

Rain unfortunately meant that India did not face a ball in the middle and the match was abandoned, but there was only one winner when it came to the Man of Series award.

3rd ODI: Sri Lanka v South Africa at Hambantota – 12 July, 2014

It is the final ODI with the series level at one-all, De Kock (in his 19th game), after two failures, steps up and hits 128 to lead the tourists' charge to a formidable total of 339 for five.

The bowlers come to the party in a big way and dismiss the home team for 257 to give the Proteas an 82-run win to take the series two-one.

5th ODI: Australia v South Africa at Sydney – 23 November, 2014

Australia have already clinched the five-match series with a game to spare but De Kock, now playing his 35th game, hits 107 as the Proteas score 280 for six.

Unfortunately it was not enough as the Aussies chased down a revised target of 275 in 47 overs to win by two wickets and seal the series four-one.

3rd ODI: India v South Africa at Rajkot – 18 October, 2015

After enduring a rather lean World Cup and a poor tour to Bangladesh, De Kock fittingly scores his seventh ton (103) in his 50th ODI, against India (again), in Rajkot as the Proteas reached a total of 270 for seven.

The bowlers restrict the hosts to 252 for six as South Africa claimed an 18-run victory.

5th ODI: India v South Africa at Mumbai – 25 October, 2015

The series came down to the final game and De Kock again delivered a beautifully constructed 109 and together with two other centurions (Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers) the Proteas racked up a record score of 438 for four.

India were never really in the hunt to reach the hefty target and were eventually dismissed for 224 to give the Proteas a huge 214-run victory to claim the series trophy.

1st ODI: South Africa v England at Bloemfontein – 3 February, 2016

Chasing a stiff target of 400 runs to win, De Kock hits an unbeaten 138 (his career-best score to date) but the Proteas are curtailed by rain and end up on 250 for five after 33.3 overs.

The left-handed batsman was certainly looking in ominous form and could have won the game but who knows as England eventually won by 39 runs (D/L method).

3rd ODI: South Africa v England at Centurion – 9 February, 2016

With the Proteas two-nil down in the five-match series, they faced a must-win game on the Highveld and England posting a good score of 318 for eight.

De Kock, in his 57th match, however, had other ideas and went to his tenth hundred (135) as he and Amla (127) shared in an opening stand of 239 to guide the Proteas to a much-needed seven-wicket victory.

Nasri Alexander