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South African spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, has defended teammate and wicketkeeper, Quinton de Kock, in the ‘fake fielding’ run-out saga that saw Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman (193) miss out on a double-century in the second ODI in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Shamsi took to Twitter on Monday and urged the Netizens to ‘stop the hate’ against Quinton de Kock. He insisted that the former South African skipper wasn’t trying to fool the batsman about the direction of Aiden Markram’s throw.

Shamsi further stated that de Kock was asking a fielder to back up the stumps at the non-striker’s end to prevent an overthrow. He added that it was Fakhar’s fault that his attention wavered towards the opposite end before reaching his crease.

“Just to clarify, QDK [Quinton de Kock] was NOT speaking to or pointing at the batsman, he was asking a fielder to back up at the nonstriker’s end. Not Quinny’s fault the batman turned around to see instead of completing the run safely which he should have done. Stop the hate and leave QDK alone,” he tweeted.

The incident prompted some harsh criticism on de Kock, with fans claiming that he has gone against the spirit of cricket. However, after the game, Fakhar Zaman took the blame on himself, which seemed to have fanned the fire.

However, Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma not only defended his teammate but also called his work “quite clever”. Minutes after his first tweet, Shamsi added another tweet, asking the Netizens not to take away their attention from a ‘great’ knock by the Pakistani opener.

“So it’s not funny that the batsman stopped running instead of completing the run? Let’s not take the attention away from a great innings that he [Fakhar Zaman] played and give him credit for that The batman’s job in that instance was to complete the run that’s all… As simple as that :)” he tweeted in this regard.

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