Mumbai Indians can heave a huge sigh of relief as their star opener Quinton de Kock finally returned to form after a surprisingly poor start in IPL 2021. After missing the first match of the season, the left-handed batsman replaced Chris Lynn in the side and could only manage to score 47 runs in the next 4 games at a disappointing average of 11.75. The South African cricketer was certainly under a lot of pressure coming into the contest against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday with fans demanding the franchise to get Lynn back in place of him.
Quinton de Kock silences his critics in style
However, as MI changed their venue from Chennai to Delhi, it also brought a change in fortunes for the South African cricketer. Chasing a target of 172 on Thursday, MI were in a state of bother after losing the wicket of Hitman early in their innings. However, Quinton de Kock showed his class and repaid the faith shown upon him by the franchise. The 28-year-old kept on attacking the RR bowlers and set a solid platform for the defending champions to register their third win of the season.
Twitterati were certainly delighted to see the explosive cricketer back in form as he went on to complete his 15th IPL fifty in only 35 deliveries.
Here are the best reactions:
Superb fifty for De Kock
His wife is so happy pic.twitter.com/n9Osftb3Zl
— Mehedi Hasan Shawon (@SportsBoyShaon_) April 29, 2021
De kock and flat pitches a never ending love story
— Bharat Chauhan (@BharatC21085526) April 29, 2021
— Neelabh (@CricNeelabh) April 29, 2021
Quinton de Kock is back
— Sir MH II (@SirMH_II) April 29, 2021
Virat Kohli – God of rain-shortened games in IPL
Sanju Samson – God of Opening games in IPL
Quinton de Kock – God of Day games in IPL
— 󠄪 󠄪 (@ComeToGabbaMate) April 29, 2021
— Prathamesh Avachare (@onlyprathamesh) April 29, 2021
yayyy De Kock is back in form… half century 🤩
— Queen Heathen (@diyajoshi) April 29, 2021
— Soumya Biswal (@Soumyahere17) April 29, 2021
Brilliant 50 from Quinton de Kock as he's leading the run chase from the front.#RRvsMI
— Crick Academy (@AcademyCrick) April 29, 2021