World Cup 2023 – Quinton De Kock ‘Must Be Allowed To Fly’: Aiden Markram On South Africa Star | Cricket News

South Africa stand-in skipper Aiden Markram believes the soon-to-retire wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock is a “free-spirited guy” who needs to be allowed “to fly”. The explosive lefthander smashed 174 off 140 balls, his third century in 5 innings, to propel South Africa to 382/5 in opposition to Bangladesh earlier than the Proteas sealed a thumping 149-run win on Tuesday. De Kock’s century was complemented by fifties from Heinrich Klaasen (90; 49b) and Markram (60; 69b) as South Africa racked up 144 within the last 10 overs.

“We all know Quinton to be the free-spirited guy that he is, but he actually has a fantastic cricket brain on him,” Markram informed reporters within the post-match interplay.

De Kock, who had earlier mentioned he would retire from the ODIs after the World Cup, has now overtaken Virat Kohli (354) to be the main run-scorer with 407 runs.

“And then you never want to clip his wings, really. You just want to let him fly. He structures it the exact way he feels (the) need, and we back that completely as a unit,” Markram added.

Continuing his rich praise on De Kock, Markram further said: “He assesses situations rather well and communicates that to us off the sector even earlier than we have now walked out to bat. It provides loads of worth in that regard.” Markram mentioned taking good selections on the sector has additionally been a driving drive behind the crew’s success.

“I know that word (process) is thrown around quite a bit, but that really is what it is. And like I have mentioned, for us as a batting unit, even as a bowling unit, we try to take really good options out there and make good decisions,” Markram mentioned.

“If those options speak to the conditions, we feel like we will be in the game. If we can do that for long periods of time and move forward each game, then we hope it puts us in a good position,” he added.

If their defeat to the Netherlands batting second is set aside as a blip in the larger scheme of things, South Africa’s campaign so far has perhaps been as impressive as India’s or even New Zealand’s for that matter — two of the strongest teams whom the Proteas are yet to face.

“Peaking is, suppose, a result of playing good cricket. And if we are going into each game trying to play good cricket, then we can see where it gets us,” mentioned Markram who stood in for Temba Bavuma for a second match in a row.

“But the things that we have been doing well, we have put a lot of emphasis on those things and those sort of processes, for lack of a better word,” he mentioned.

‘Not trying too far forward’

Despite being positioned strongly to complete in prime 4 groups that may qualify for the semifinals, Markram mentioned South Africa — who failed to take action in 2019 — wouldn’t wish to look too far forward.

“I think that is a pretty dangerous place to be, to be honest. I do not think you want to start trying to do maths this far out. There are still four games of cricket and that is potentially eight points up for grabs,” he mentioned.

“That is what we are going to try to push for. I think if you start sitting and hoping for a result from this team and trying to work out ‘we maybe only need two wins left’ or whatever it is. I do not think that is a great place to be as a unit,” he added.

Markram says there isn’t a blueprint or a plan however simply fundamental understanding developed within the gamers over a time period.

“It goes without saying that you obviously do need wickets in hand but we have not spoken about a blueprint as a unit — it has actually been quite a strange build up the last two months or maybe slightly longer now,” Markram mentioned.

“No definitive roles (have been) given, but everyone kind of knows now what they need to do to help this batting unit peak at their best. There is not necessarily a blueprint, but guys understand how to approach it,” he mentioned.

‘Still attempting to determine it out’

Markram mentioned ODIs give a batters extra time to suppose, analyse and formulate an strategy and he’s nonetheless attempting to ‘determine it out’ regardless of hitting the quickest century for any batter in World Cup historical past within the sport in opposition to Sri Lanka.

“In 50-over cricket there obviously is a lot more time than what I initially maybe thought. You get the feel of the wicket and you maybe decide to pull the trigger slightly earlier and then you get out and you sit for 20 overs on the side and watch the other guys smack it and it eats away at you,” he mentioned.

“I had to certainly go through those learnings to help me realise that there are gears that you do go through in 50-over cricket… I had to experience that first hand to be able to sort of learn about it, but yeah, still trying to figure it out now, to be honest,” he added.

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