Quinton de Kock Stats, Figures, Best Innings & Cricket Record

One of the most destructive white-ball openers in the world, Quinton de Kock is the embodiment of the swash-buckling and stylish approach of cricket in the modern era. The South African has played across all three formats for his country and made himself one of the most sought-after commodities in franchise leagues in the Indian Premier League and The Hundred. However, he has also been a divisive figure in the cricketing world, with his decision to retire from the red ball format in order to focus on the shorter formats creating a wider conversation about where players’ priorities are.

With the South African becoming one of the most influential players his country has ever produced, SinkorSwimSports takes you through all the best Quinton de Kock stats, records, figures, and innings from his career. 

At A Glance: Quinton de Kock Stats

Full Name: Quinton de Kock

D.O.B.: 17 December 1992 (age 29)

Nicknames: QDK, Quinny

Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

Batting: Left-handed

Role: Wicket-keeper batsman

National Side: South Africa

High Score: 178 (113) vs Australia, 2016

Rising To The Top

Born in Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, Quinton de Kock’s cricketing career began as a talented youngster with affiliate club Old Eds, before bursting onto the international scene at the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Playing against the likes of the West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite and Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq, de Kock would end as the tournament’s fourth-highest run-scorer (284 runs), as South Africa finished 3rd. 

Even from his earliest professional days, de Kock showcased his talents as one of the most exciting white-ball players in South Africa. Playing for the Highveld Lions, he won the 2013 domestic T20 tournament, with undoubtedly his biggest highlight being his 126 against the Cape Cobras, which was the second-highest ever T20 and biggest wicketkeeper-batsman score at the time. 

2013 Also saw QDK make his foray into the biggest T20 franchise league in the world, signing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad that year.

Quinton de Kock First Class Stats and Records

Matches 

Runs Scored

100s/50s

Top Score

Catches/ Stumpings

84

5,463 (41.83 Average)

12/36

194

323/16

International ODI Career 

After establishing himself as one of the biggest ‘ones to watch’ at the Under-19 World Cup, de Kock made his T20 debut for South Africa on December 21st 2012 against New Zealand. Taking the gloves behind the stumps, he took two catches and made an impressive 28 (23) as the Proteas chased down New Zealand’s lowly score of 86. 

New Zealand would also be the opponents for de Kock’s ODI debut for his country, opening the batting alongside the legendary Graeme Smith at Boland Park on January 19th 2013. 

De Kock’s maiden ODI century came later on that year, overcoming a tough Abu Dhabi track against Pakistan with a match-winning 112 off 135 balls in November. De Kock also began to establish himself in the South Africa T20 side, hitting 48 in the first match against Pakistan in an eventual 2-0 series win that same month. 

On December 5th 2013, de Kock hit 135 in a 141-run victory over India at his home ground in Johannesburg, netting the South African his first Man of the Match for the Proteas. Successive centuries in Durban against India saw him become only the fifth player to hit three consecutive centuries in ODIs, and he would win the Player of the Series award with the then-record amount of runs in a three-game series. 

A fifth ODI century followed against Sri Lanka, and de Kock became the joint-quickest player to reach 1,000 runs in August 2014 against Zimbabwe, reaching the achievement in just 21 knocks. 

De Kock reached his fifteenth ODI century against England in 2020, becoming the joint-fastest South African to reach 5,000 ODI runs

International T20 Career 

De Kock won his first Player of the Series award in the T20 format against Australia in March 2014. 

The South African continued to establish himself as one of the most dangerous players in the shortest form of the game for his country, recording the fastest South African to score a T20I half-century (17 balls) against England in February 2020. 

He played in the 2021 T20 World Cup for his country and has racked up over 1,000 runs in just 61 matches for the Proteas, hitting an impressive eleven half-centuries in the format. To date, he also the second-most amount of dismissals (64) and catches (49) in T20 internationals for South Africa. 

International Test Career

Quinton de Kock made his Test match debut for South Africa against Australia in February 2014 at St George’s Oval in Port Elizabeth, though his optimal batting position in the longest form of the game was a question mark for some time with the Proteas. 

He hit his maiden Test match century against England in the fourth Test in January 2016, making 129* off of just 128 deliveries from number seven in the batting order. 

De Kock became the fastest wicket-keeper to take 150 dismissals against Sri Lanka in 2018 and repeated the feat for 200 dismissals during the fourth Test against England in January 2019. He joined Mark Boucher as the only South African wicket-keepers with 3,000 Test runs to their name with a career-best 141 against the West Indies in June 2021, taking his tally of milestones to twenty-two 50s and six 100s in the game’s longest form. 

However, de Kock’s sudden decision to retire from Test match cricket in December 2021 was met with a mixed reception in the cricketing world. Whilst the South African was quick to remind everyone that he had a baby on the way and that time with the family was the key behind the decision, the purists of the game were not all so forgiving, believing it to be an example of a step towards the glitz and glamour of white-ball franchise leagues luring the game’s best players away. 

Quinton de Kock South Africa Stats And Records 

Matches 

Runs Scored

100s/50s

Catches/ Stumpings

Test 

54

3,300 (38.82 Average)

6/22 (Top Score: 141*)

221/11

ODI

128

5,646 (46.27 Average)

17/28 (Top Score: 178)

174/11

T20

61

1,827 (33.83 Average)

0/11 (Top Score: 78*)

49/15

Franchise Career

Whilst he had signed for the Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the 2013 season, it was only from 2014 with his three-year stint with the Delhi Daredevils that de Kock would begin to showcase his skills in the IPL, the cricket world’s most popular franchise league

He scored his maiden IPL ton for Delhi against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in April 2016 off of just 48 balls. He was signed by RCB for 2018 and moved again to the Mumbai Indians from 2019 to 2021. De Kock would win his first IPL title in 2019 with Mumbai, hitting a remarkable 521 runs, nearly a hundred more than anyone else in the side. 

De Kock would hit 503 runs at an average of 35.92 as Mumbai topped the table and won their fifth title in 2020.

Ahead of the 2022 IPL season, the South African signed for the newly-formed Lucknow Super Giants. There, he formed arguably the season’s most devastating opening partnership with KL Rahul. On May 18 2022, de Kock hit the highest score of the season and third-highest total in the history of the IPL with his 140 (70) against KKR.

Ahead of the inaugural season of The Hundred in England, de Kock was signed by the Southern Brave. The South African quickly set about showcasing himself as something of a step up in pedigree for the Brave, almost singlehandedly turning a side that had been 0-2 into title favourites. 

De Kock would end the 2021 season of The Hundred as the Southern Brave’s second-highest runscorer and seventh-highest in the entire tournament with his 202 runs coming at a strike rate of 172.64, a number only bettered by Liam Livingstone. 

In the auction for The Hundred draft 2022, De Kock was unsurprisingly picked up again by the Southern Brave.  

Why Quinton de Kock Is So Good

What makes QDK such a world-class wicketkeeper-batsman is the speed in which his hands move. Not only is he dependable behind the stumps in terms of his catching and dismissals, but he’s also shown himself to be a cool head under pressure. His calls on whether to use referrals have proven to be more accurate than not with or without the armband, and his influence behind field placements can be seen every matchday.

How quickly he gets into position on the crease with the bat in his hand is perfectly suited to the shorter forms of the game, with his fast hands allowing him to adjust even against a moving new ball. He is one of the world’s finest batsmen on the on side, a natural aggressive stroke player and excels in putting the pressure back on the fielding side with his shots and running between the wickets.

His game awareness and craftsmanship is also one of the best we have ever seen in the modern white-ball formats. The way in which he can either set or keep pace with an aggressive run rate in the powerplays is a genuine skill, taking on both spin and seam and clearing the inner circle so consistently. 

He is the epitome of the modern player, playing all 360 degrees of the cricket pitch to pick the gaps in the field, and the way in which his fast hands complete a full swing of a cricket bat makes him a deceptively powerful hitter. 

In many ways, de Kock has been a trailblazer as a new form of cricketer. He was undoubtedly on course to be one of his country’s most successful red-ball players, but has continued to innovate and push the boundaries at the forefront of tournaments that have introduced cricket to a new demographic of fans. 

So whilst he might not have the same level of achievements in Test matches as AB or Kallis, there’s no denying Quinton de Kock is still one of South Africa’s finest exports.