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Quinton De Kock Betters Virat Kohli, Becomes Youngest To Score 10 ODI Centuries

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Quinton de Kock has been magnificent form in the last couple of ODIs. His last six scores have read 103, 43, 109, 138*, 22 and 135. In 55 matches, he has scored five fifties and 10 centuries, indicating a magnificent conversion rate.

During his 135 in the third ODI against England in Centurion, De Kock broke some records. He became the quickest batsmen to reach 10 centuries. He notched it up in just 55 innings, beating the record of Hashim Amla who had notched up 10 tons in 57 innings.

However, he broke Virat Kohli's record of being the youngest to get to 10 ODI centuries. De Kock's age when he scored the century against England was 23 years and 54 days while Kohli was 23 years and 159 days when he got to the landmark. The dashing Indian right-hander had also achieved 10 tons in 80 innings, something which de Kock has bettered comprehensively.

De Kock is only the seventh South African batsman to hit 10 centuries or more in ODIs. AB de Villiers leads the list with 23 centuries in 193 matches, followed by Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Gary Kirsten and Graeme Smith

The South African wicketkeeper batsman's purple patch has put on course for greater things in the future. However, the Proteas will be hoping that he maintains his current form as they aim to stay alive in the current series against England.

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