Faf du Plessis © Getty Images
Faf du Plessis © Getty Images

Jiveshen Pillay’s controversial dismissal has caused some stir on social media. Pillay, 18, was (rightly) given out obstructing the field in South Africa’s Group A game against West Indies in ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2018. Coming in support of the young player is Faf du Plessis. Du Plessis took to Twitter offering his support, while lambasting the decision. He further went on to add that he has done the same many times.

His tweet read, “This is a absolute joke…not in the spirit of the game .I have done this almost a 100 times.”

Pillay was given out under MCC’s Law 37.4 - Returning the ball to a fielder

Speaking about the incident, Ian Bishop told Fox Sports: ”This is an unfortunate issue. The batsman is not trying to gain an unfair advantage. All he is trying to do is help out the fielding team. I would have to have a deeper look at myself if I was the fielding captain. Can I use some discretion here for the sake of the game and whatever the spirit of the game means? I wouldn’t have gone that way. He’s obviously a bright kid and he understands the letter of the law. On this occasion it’s slightly different for me compared to the last World Cup.”