Quinton de Kock celebrates his 20th ODI century, Bangladesh vs South Africa, ODI World Cup, Wankhede, October 24, 2023

Breaking the Drought

De Kock had been in a World Cup century drought, with no hundreds in the 2015 and 2019 editions. However, he emphatically broke this drought with a scintillating 84-ball century against Sri Lanka in Delhi. 

This innings was part of a record-breaking match where South Africa posted the highest total in World Cup history - a monumental 428. De Kock further displayed his mettle with a match-winning 110 against Australia, solidifying his place as one of the Proteas' finest ODI batters.

His century against Bangladesh today was marked by a display of power and precision. He smashed four sixes and six boundaries to reach his three-figure score in the 35th over of South Africa's innings. 

His remarkable batting exhibition continued even as South Africa faced early setbacks, losing key wickets. De Kock's partnership with Aiden Markram added 131 runs to the scoreboard, propelling South Africa beyond the 200-run mark by the 30th over.

As Quniton de Kock has announced his retirement from the 50-over format at the end of the tournament, he leaves behind a legacy that will be celebrated for years to come.