Du Plessis, who’d patted the ball towards point and set off with a call of ‘yes’ admitted later that the misjudgement of the run in de Villiers’s case, whose dive into the crease was beaten by Hardik Pandya’s quick return to MS Dhoni, was his fault. ” I take full responsibility for AB’s run-out,” du Plessis said South Africa’s eight-wicket defeat.
“That’s my fault. Obviously he (de Villiers) is a big player for us and he was looking good and it was a crunch time in the game. Big mistake on my part running AB out.”
When de Villiers was asked about the seemingly suicidal run, he took a more philosophical view on the subject, saying that he simply responded to du Plessis’ call. “You see, I just tried to take a one with my partner out there and it didn’t work. I wasn’t searching for runs, I wasn’t even facing. There was a call out there, and I thought we could get through for the one,” said de Villiers.
“I suppose, after that moment, Dave (Miller) came in and we discussed that it is extremely loud out there and difficult to hear each other so the communication between the two of us was just for the next five overs, just play it as risk-free as possible. Try and get the partnership going in, settle the partnership because the last thing you want to do is go wicket, wicket. And then two or three balls later, obviously a miscommunication, and then Dave came down and ran. Not a great sight to see two guys standing in the crease,” he said.