De Kock is the closest thing we’ve had to Adam Gilchrist since the great man himself retired in 2009 – that was the assertion of Ricky Ponting after the South African keeper notched twin half-centuries at the WACA in November. And it’s hard to disagree with Punter here. Only 24 years old, QDK has already scored three Test centuries and averages 51.26.
Two of those tons came this year and while his strike rate of 74.25 wasn’t quite Gilchrist in his pomp, it was the best of any batsman who averaged more than 40 for the year. Throw in the fact that he was simply exceptional behind the stumps – he remains a superior keeper to the hugely-improved Bairstow – and it’s hard to look past de Kock as the best keeper-batsman on the planet.