Quinton de Kock comes out to bat in training tracks; Rohit in splits

The defending champions, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders crossed swords with each other on Friday’s encounter in the ongoing thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League. Mumbai Indians continued their sheer dominance against Kolkata Knight Riders and clinched their fifth consecutive win in the lucrative Indian Premier League.

Quinton de Kock comes out to bat in training tracks; Rohit in splits
Rohit Sharma in splits after Quinton de Kock walks out to bat in training joggers.

After a win, Rohit Sharma’s team moved to the top of the points table with as many as 12 points in 8 matches. The wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was adjudged the Man of the Match for his incredible 78* off 44 balls. Apart from the eight-wicket victory, there was one incident that hogged the limelight during the match, which was the biggest talking point.

Quinton de Kock walks out to bat in training joggers

Quinton de Kock’s act left the cricket fraternity in splits including Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma. After reducing Eoin Morgan-led team to 148 runs in the first innings, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock came out to bat. It was just a 15-minute innings break after KKR’s innings and Quinton de Kock forgot to change his training tracks.

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The South Africa international came out to bat with his captain in his training pant. His teammates informed him after de Kock was in the middle of the ground. Quinton de Kock was left puzzled after he was notified about it and all he had to do was to cover his training outfit. This particular scene left Rohit Sharma in stitches. Quinton de Kock added 94 runs with Rohit Sharma for the first wicket.

“To be honest, I’m not very sure – it’s the best shot I have in my armoury (talking about his leg-side game), I like to play it and it’s nice when it comes off. It’s all about keeping my balance, I don’t work too much on the cross-bat shots, it’s important to stay in line while playing those.

I was disappointed at not finishing it off last game, Mahela had a word to us – he keeps us in check, in focus, it’s nice to have such people around. I have played enough to not think too much about the keeping – everyone does drop catches and I’m not any different. I’m working on some aspects of the keeping, but I think I can keep improving on that aspect of the game,” Quinton de Kock said at the post-match presentation.

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