IPL 2019: Our Batting Line-Up is Not One-Man Army – Quinton de Kock
Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock believes the club’s batting line-up is not a one-man army. de Kock has got off to starts in all but every match, however, he hasn’t converted his starts into substantial scores. However, he had scored a good knock of 60 runs in the previous match against Kings XI Punjab. Mumbai has a lot of match-winners in their team who can help the side with their game.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians hasn’t got off to an ideal start in the ongoing season. The three-times champions have won only one match and they have lost two matches. Rohit Sharma-led side will play their fourth match of the season against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians will like to get their second win.
On the other hand, Quinton de Kock has scored 110 runs in the season thus far.
“I think in T20s it’s always important that one of your top three or top four batsmen bats through the middle overs at all times. It’s always nice when you have one of the top three or top four batting in the last couple of overs. We haven’t really done that in this tournament so far. It’s not always easy to come into tough situations and then we lose quick wickets. In fact, it’s never easy and it puts you under more pressure than you should be. It’s tough but I’m sure our batsmen will come back (stronger),” he told reporters at the pre-match press conference.
Quinton de Kock believes Mumbai Indians doesn’t rely on one batsman as they have the depth in their batting order. Kieron Pollard, Hardik and Krunal Pandya provide them with the finishing touches whereas Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav and Yuvraj Singh can lay down the platform for the big score.
“The beauty of our batting order is that you don’t have to rely on one person. There are so many people there in our batting order that can just win a game for us. So, we’re not too worried about Kieron. Obviously, he’s done so well for the team (in the past) and he will come back stronger for sure,” de Kock said.
Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock believes both him and Rohit Sharma plays according to the match situations. de Kock said that if one batsman takes the role of the aggressor then the other takes the backseat.
“Rohit and I are very flexible (in our approach). We both assess the situation as it is. When he’s scoring all the boundaries, I try to give him all the strike and when I’m scoring the boundaries, he gives me the strike. So, we just try to read the situation and if we’re both scoring runs then so be it, we’re both scoring runs. You know then there’s no real game-plan, we just do it naturally together.”
Mumbai Indians have a lot of firepower in the team’s line-up. They are a quality side and they will like to get their second win of the season when they will take on Chennai Super Kings.
Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock has been in fine form in the recent past. The southpaw batsman did a fine job for South Africa in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka. de Kock had scored 222 runs in the two-match Test series and he was the leading run-getter with 353 runs in the ODI series.
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