Quinton de Kock is set to retire from international cricket soon, but he is still defying conventions and pulling off the exceptional. In the recent ICC World Cup 2023 match between India and South Africa, de Kock took a catch for the ages to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav.
India had set a formidable target of 327 on a spin-friendly surface at Eden Gardens, and South Africa were looking to get off to a quick start in the chase. Yadav had raced to 22 off just 13 deliveries when Tabraiz Shamsi trundled in for the last ball of the 46th over.
Suryakumar Yadav premeditated a reverse sweep and shaped up for the shot well, but the ball gripped a tad more than expected, and he went through the shot before the ball even arrived.
Consequently, it hit him square on the glove and popped up, seemingly hanging in the air for an eternity. Quinton De Kock took a moment to reorient himself as he exasperatedly tried to figure out where the Kookaburra had gone, and by the time he did so, it seemed to be too late.
However, much to the crowd’s disbelief, de Kock took a couple of quick steps to his left before throwing himself forward, perfectly imitating a swimmer’s dive. At full stretch, the glovesman managed to pluck the white rock right before it hit the deck, producing a moment that would undoubtedly go down in World Cup folklore.
Here is the video of the catch from Quinton de Kock:
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De Kock’s catch was a testament to his athleticism, reflexes, and dedication. It was also a reminder of why he is one of the best wicket-keepers in the world. The catch was crucial for South Africa, as it helped them to slow down India’s scoring rate and eventually win the match.
Quinton De Kock’s retirement will be a loss for cricket, but he has left behind a legacy of incredible catches and performances. His catch against Yadav was just one example of his brilliance and will be remembered for years to come.