South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock usually plays conventional cricketing shots with utmost ease and finesse in all formats of the game. However, the southpaw appeared to be in a hurry during the fourth day’s play in the ongoing second Test against India at SuperSport Park Centurion.
De Kock came to the crease after the dismissal of Dean Elgar in 45.5 overs of South Africa’s second innings. While facing his second delivery, the left-hander slashed it flew past the man at second slip. He then backed it up with two more edgy boundaries as the first one flew fine off the outer edge to go between the wide slip and keeper while the second one went past the man at second slip.
Subsequently, in the fourth delivery off 48th over, De Kock’s progression of edgy stroke play stopped as he edged a rising Mohammad Shami delivery to the keeper.
Seeing such a scratchy knock (12 off 5 balls with 3 boundaries) from De Kock, Twitteratis went berserk and made fun of him. Some of them termed it as "audition for IPL auction" while others called it as "ridiculous batting".
Here are some of the hilarious tweets:
When you want to get sold in the IPL auctions.. pic.twitter.com/oInwdED5OX— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) January 16, 2018
De Kock seems devastated at being not retained by Delhi Daredevils.— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 16, 2018
Quinton de Kock has hit more catches to India's cordon behind the stumps than R Sridhar, the fielding coach. Finally one taken. #SAvIND— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) January 16, 2018
Quinton de kok U can shake ur head as much as u like but that was close to ridiculous batting..! #SAvIND— Amol Muzumdar (@amolmuzumdar11) January 16, 2018
try, try and try again until you succeed https://t.co/UBMNTdG4am— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 16, 2018
Five successive edges from de Kock. Two dismissals and three fours. He is living and dying by the edge at the moment.— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) January 16, 2018
Unbelievable stuff....four edges...three fours and finally a wicket. Shami turning on the heat. India back in the game. #SAvIND— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 16, 2018
Top class bowling @MdShami11 removing 3 batsman quickly brining is back in the game.. De cock played 4 balls 4 edges no clue???? shami at top— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 16, 2018