Finding personal space in IPL is tough - Quinton De Kock
Finding personal space in IPL is tough - Quinton De Kock

After two long seasons of not much success, the Delhi Daredevils have started their current campaign with some good results and find themselves at the 3rd place in the points table with 2 wins out of three.

Their skipper Zaheer Khan has done extremely well in his maiden stint as a captain and has been receiving praise from a number of pundits of the game.

He has got a lot of help from opener Quinton de Kock who has been in sublime form.

The Proteas wicket-keeper batsman smashed this season’s first century in the victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this season. He opened up about his life at Delhi and a lot more things relating to the sport.

The 23-year old who reached his 10th international ODI hundred in record 50 internationals spoke about his century in the IPL. He revealed that it was satisfying and that winning the game made it even more special for himself and the team.

“To come out as a winning team scoring a hundred is a pleasure. This opportunity doesn’t come often,” De Kock said in a recent interview.

He spoke about the pitch that helped him score his century and explained that scoring above the required rate right from the beginning was important for them to chase down the mammoth target they were given.

The Delhi franchise was led by JP Duminy last season and the wicket-keeper was asked to point out the differences in the two captains leading the side in the two seasons.

De Kock revealed that Zak was a bowler’s captain who leads the bowling attack with confidence while Duminy, who is an all-rounder had more things going on in his head.

He also said that both the players did not have much difference off the field.

“Zak is more of a bowling captain, he leads the bowling attack well. JP is an all-round skipper.”

“But off the field, there isn’t much difference between the both of them. People respect them and listen to them,” he added.

The Indian legend Rahul Dravid is now a part of the DD franchise and De Kock revealed that the ‘Wall’ as he is called in India has bought calmness and discipline to the squad.

He said, “Apart from bringing in experience, he brought calmness, comes from his personality.”

He also revealed that the group of youngsters in the squad are very friendly and that they have helped him learn a lot of things about the sport in the sub-continent.

“Mayank (Agarwal) and I get along very well; even Sanju (Samson). I try to learn from everybody,” De Kock revealed.

Speaking about his recent form, the batsman explained that he has not done things differently in recent times and acknowledged that ‘luck was on his side’.

He was also asked about one bowler he hates to face and De Kock stepped away from taking any names. However, he said that he hates the ball coming to him and revealed that a spinner or a medium pacer who can get the ball back into the left-hander will trouble him.

The Proteas star also revealed his favorite keeper batsmen of all time.

He was asked who was his favorite keeper-batsmen and De Kock took two names.

“I can watch Kumar Sangakkara bat all day, same goes for Adam Gilchrist. They are both unbelievable keepers too,” he revealed.


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