He was asking fielder to back up, stop the hate: Shamsi defends De Kock


Johannesburg: After South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma defended teammate Quinton de Kock for his role in the controversial run out of Pakistan Fakhar Zaman in the second ODI, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has also come forward to support De Kock.

Fakhar’s splendid innings ended on 193 on the first ball of the final over when a direct hit from Aiden Markram from long-off caught him short of his crease at the striker’s end.

However, it was because of De Kock who was blamed for ‘fake fielding’ as he gestured if the throw was going to the non-striker’s end but it came at the striker’s end.

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The 31-year-old Shamsi revealed that De Kock was asking to back up the non-striker end. The left-arm Chinaman feels that De Kock should not be held accountable if the batsman turned around to see instead of completing the run safely. He urged critics to stop hate and leave QDK alone.

Shamsi added that not to take the attention away from great innings by Fakhar Zaman while pointing that he should have completed his run rather than looking backwards.

Note, South Africa beat Pakistan by 17 runs in the second ODI to level three-match series 1-1. The final match will be played on April 7 at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

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