South African opener, De Kock, delivered a remarkable performance of 174 runs against Bangladesh in Mumbai on Tuesday, taking the lead as the highest run-scorer in the tournament after five matches.
De Kock’s Stellar Performance
De Kock’s exceptional performance at the Wankhede Stadium marked his third century in five tournament games, following his previous scores of 100 and 109 against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively earlier in the tournament.
With his outstanding form, De Kock has accumulated a total of 407 runs in the tournament, outpacing close competitors such as Kohli with 354 runs, Rohit Sharma with 311, and Mohammad Rizwan with 302.
South Africa’s High Scorers
South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen is the team’s second-highest scorer, boasting 288 runs at a strike rate of 150.78 – the highest scoring rate among specialist batters in the tournament.
Following his impressive 174-run performance, De Kock was quick to attribute the success to his team rather than his individual efforts.
“I’m more exhausted than satisfied, but it was a fantastic day for the team. We all played exceptionally well and everyone contributed,” said De Kock.
De Kock’s Praise for Klaasen
De Kock expressed admiration for Klaasen’s performance, stating, “He has been absolutely phenomenal. I don’t know what he’s doing, but I need some of that energy he’s exhibiting. He’s been extraordinary, not just for us but globally this year. He’s taking the cricket world by storm and I’m thrilled for him.”
India’s Top Scorers
Before Tuesday’s match, India’s Kohli and Rohit were the tournament’s top scorers, with their exceptional form propelling their team to the top of the standings.
Kohli narrowly missed scoring consecutive centuries when he was dismissed for 95 against New Zealand on Sunday. However, the captain has consistently made significant and rapid contributions in each of his last four innings.