It’s not every day that you see a cricketer pile up 193 runs in a single ODI inning so when Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman did on Sunday at the Wanderers during the 2nd ODI, South African team management stood up and applauded. What made Zaman’s innings all the more special was that the batsman accumulated 193 while chasing South Africa’s target of 342, a record of its own. However, his towering knock was marred by a controversial run out effected by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock who has since been facing flak for his “fake fielding” effort to get the centurion dismissed. Ironically enough, while de Kock was criticized by fans and experts for going against the “spirit of the game”, his team management was widely praised after photos of the contingent applauding Zaman returning to the dressing room went viral on microblogging site Twitter.
Fans shared the special moment and called it the “photo of the day.”
Well played!! A great innings by fakhar👏 The fact that he strived when his team needed him is worth appreciating.@ICC #SAvPAK#fakharzaman pic.twitter.com/pQaQQyaTxh— Hina khan (@Hinakha13206173) April 5, 2021
Hats off for #fakharzaman phenomenal inning, Well played you win many hearts today a one man army with massive innings. #PakvRSA pic.twitter.com/RQtiN9grCl— Katherine George (@iKatherineGeorg) April 4, 2021
— Joe Vignesh (@JyothiVignesh) April 4, 2021
Meanwhile, the person who was the victim of the incident has responded and said that the runout was his fault.
“The fault was mine as I was too busy looking out for Haris Rauf at the other end as I felt he’d started off a little late from his crease, so I thought he was in trouble. The rest is up to the match referee, but I don’t think it’s Quinton’s fault,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Zaman as saying.