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Pretorius, Symes were phenomenal: de Kock

Lions batsman credits teammates for sealing semi-finals berth

In their last league encounter, the Highveld Lions beat Yorkshire by five wickets to claim a place in the semi-finals. Chasing a modest 132 on their home ground, the Lions scrapped through to the finish line in the last over. Quinton de Kock, who scored 32 off 35 balls, spoke to clt20.com about the victory and playing in the CLT20 2012. 

Excerpts from his interview:

There were a few nervous moments during the chase, but a good finish in the end?

Yes, but in the end the results have come.

It is always tricky while chasing a 130-odd runs. What was the strategy going in to bat?

It was tricky situation. But it was more of a run-a-ball game that was what we were trying to do. But then, when the run-rate slowed down we had to pick it up from there and do the needful.

Your thoughts on Dwaine Pretorius and Jean Symes’ batting

They were quite phenomenal, especially Symes. Dwaine was also absolutely unbelievable in the run-chase.

You were batting well. Are you disappointed with the way you got out?

Yes, I was trying not to get out but I guess lack of concentration got me there.

Your captain had said that he lets you play your won game. But how do you perceive your role?

I come in and assess the situation and play shots if they are needed. I play according to the situation. I do what the team needs. The team always comes first.

Who is your favourite left-hand batsman?

Well, he doesn’t play anymore; it was Adam Gilchrist.

You are considered to be an upcoming talent, does that put pressure on you?

Not so much. I don’t quite feel it myself. I just like to enjoy myself and play my cricket. That’s what I do and I love it.

What does playing in the CLT20 mean to you?

It is a big honour and I am happy to be playing in here. Love to be in the place that we are. So, I’m enjoying everything.

Your team is through to the semi-finals. What does it feel like?

It feels incredible. It is the first time for me. It feels very good. 

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