De Kock and me are like two peas in a pod, says Herschelle Gibbs

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“I haven’t seen a lot of him but I know he has got all the shots”

Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs believes he and Quinton de Kock are like two peas in a pod after the 20-year-old became the fifth cricketer in ODI history to score three centuries in a row, a club which Gibbs is a member of.

Gibbs also pointed out that de Kock is not interested in stats, but rather in doing everything he can to help his country win matches and ascend up the rankings.

“Look – he’s not even interested in stats,” Gibbs told ESPNcricinfo. “Others would have played a more conservative shot. But at least he wants to do something different.”

Just last month, Gibbs revealed that he still has a burning ambition to represent South Africa again.

“I’d still like to play for South Africa…I know what I can offer and what I am capable of,” he had said.

Moving back to the topic of de Kock, Gibbs described the 20-year-old as “more of an instinctive player”.

“He also doesn’t think a lot,” Gibbs said. “He is more of an instinctive player. Which is what a lot of 20-year-olds are. I haven’t seen a lot of him but I know he has got all the shots. Now he’s putting the pieces together.”

Gibbs was also impressed that de Kock had taken the time to get himself settled at the crease before attempting any big shots.

“We saw him bat uncharacteristically for the first 40 runs,” Gibbs said. “He kept the big shots in the bag, which was a good thing to see at his age. And then he rode his luck.

“His shot selection is really good. But his power play is as good as his touch play, which is what you need to score hundreds. He likes the game going forward and is not shy to hit boundaries even in the middle period. He has got all the shots and all the understanding. The more he plays, the more he will learn.”

With South Africa’s next ODI series scheduled to be against Zimbabwe all the way in July, Gibbs believes de Kock has the potential to score four centuries in a row.

“He could make it four in four,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs added that he feels de Kock will become one of South Africa’s top players by the time the 2015 World Cup gets underway.

When asked if he had any advice for de Kock, Gibbs said: “No, I don’t really know him that well. I just chatted with him briefly on the plane from Johannesburg to Cape Town after the first Twenty20 against Pakistan. We didn’t speak about too much. He didn’t ask [for] my advice. He doesn’t need it.”

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