Centurion: Proteas opener Quinton de Kock became the fastest wicketkeeper batsman to reach the 3,000-run mark in ODI cricket.
De Kock’s new record served as a cherry on top of the cake, as South Africa completed a 5-0 clean sweep of their home series against South Africa.
De Kock achieved this feat after smashing 109 off just 87 balls in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka in Centurion.
24-year-old de Kock has reached the 3,000-run mark after playing just 74 ODIs, way ahead of other wicketkeepers on the list – Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist, and Brendon Taylor.
Former India skipper Dhoni, relinquished his limited overs captaincy earlier this year, had reached the 3,000-run mark after 90 ODIs, while ex-Aussie keeper Gilchrist had reached the mark after 95 matches.
This stat can be viewed to be a little lop-sided though, as Dhoni normally bats in the lower-middle order of the Indian cricket team, while de Kock is an opener.
However, de Kock is far ahead of both Gilchrist (who was also an opener) and Taylor (who was a top-order batsman), both of whom took 95 and 105 matches respectively, to reach this target....