Proteas breaks record

Henry

There is Heinrich Klaasen’s clapping bat, Aiden Markram and David Miller’s magnificent smashes, Quinton de Kock’s boiling water hundreds and Marco Jansen’s jolly batting.

That’s how the Protea batsmen – one can certainly not forget Rassie van der Dussen’s ram cat performances – improved a World Cup record.

Forget about water drops; the South African willow fans make it rain about six times in India.

After seven World Cup matches, the Proteas have already sent the ball over the boundary rope 82 times to improve England’s record (which they set in 2019 after 11 matches) by six sixes.

De Kock (18 sixes), Klaasen (17 sixes) and Miller (14 sixes) are among the ten top sixes hitters of the tournament, while yesterday against New Zealand, Markram also drove the last delivery of the Protea innings into the spectators.

South Africa has already hit 194 sixes in 19 matches this year; just a few big shots behind the West Indies’ world record of 209 sixes in a calendar year.

De Kock – who is in the quiver of his international one-day cricket career – has 545 runs, the most by a South African batsman in a World Cup tournament.

Jacques Kallis scored 485 runs in the West Indies in 2007, while AB de Villiers was responsible for 482 runs in 2015.