South Africa’s aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock (24) has been named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. He is the second South African cricketer after AB de Villiers, who won the award in 2010, 2014 and 2015, and ninth overall to clinch this prestigious award.
The left-handed batsman was voted as the best batsman of the year as he scored 793 runs in 16 ODIs at an average of 56. He hit four centuries and half centuries. His strike rate was under 98. As a wicket-keeper, he dismissed 15 batsmen behind the wickets. The voting time ran from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016.
After receiving the award the left-handed batsman said, “It’s great to hear that I’ve been named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. To be named as the best from among so many good cricketers gives one utmost satisfaction. (Ravichandran Ashwin wins ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards)
De Kock in October played a crucial role when the Proteas whitewashed the Australia at home. He is happy to receive the reward for good performance at the top level of international cricket. Cricket critics have already regarded him as the Adam Gilchrist international cricket. The former Australian batsman also used to open the innings in One Day International (ODI) and was known as the prolific striker of the white ball.
Now cricket fans see the reflection of the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman in De Kock. Like Gilchrist, he is also a wicket-keeper and an opener. In Test cricket, he also comes to bat down the order like Adam Gilchrist and helps his team in accumulating some quick runs. (Harbhajan Singh denies the possibility of joining the Indian National Congress)
“This award obviously rewards consistent performances at the top level and I’m happy to have done well for my team over this period. To join a select group of players that include my senior AB de Villiers makes this a special moment, one that I’ll cherish for long. I thank the ICC for selecting me for this award and to my team members and support staff for all their help and support,” De Kock stated