IPL 2019: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Receives Backlash For Argument With On-Field Umpires

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Published by Amrit Santlani on 12 Apr 2019

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been criticized for his on-field argument with umpires during Thursday’s encounter between Chennai and Rajasthan Royals. The incident has come under the spotlight, where Dhoni who is usually hailed as captain cool, went on to argue with umpire Ulhas Gandhe.

Dhoni uncharacteristically lost his demeanor and left the dugout to challenge the umpire’s decision of no-ball, before Ulhas himself retracted his decision. All this drama unfolded in the last over, as Chennai managed to win the game with 6 runs needed from the last ball. The win marked CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 100th win as a captain in IPL, however, the whole incident marred the occasion.

Since then, Dhoni has come under severe scrutiny for his conduct with various former cricketers criticizing the former Team India captain. Speaking on the whole fiasco, former Australian batsman Mark Waugh said, “I know there’s pressure from owners and big money involved in the IPL but I’ve been very disappointed with the 2 incidents involving the skippers of there respective teams in Ashwin and MS. Not a good look at all.”

Earlier, the Mankading incident that took place between Ravichandran Ashwin and Jos Buttler had also caused controversy in this season’s IPL. Last night’s incident took place on the fourth ball of the last over, where umpire Ulhas was about to signal no-ball when Ben Stokes bowled a waist high full toss to Michel Santner.

Dhoni, who was dismissed just one ball earlier, lost his bearings and stepped into the field, to take to the umpire head-on. He was seen angrily debating with the umpire before leg umpire Chris Gaffaney asked him to leave the field. Furthermore, former Indian batsman Akash Chopra too had his say on the incident.

“Umpiring standards have been pretty low in this and that was a no-ball given and reversed. Enough to feel crossed and miffed. But the opposition captain has no right to walk out on the pitch after being dismissed. Dhoni set a wrong precedent tonight,” wrote Akash on his Twitter.

In the aftermath of the whole scenario, MSD has been fined 50% of the match fees.

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