The cool-headed MS Dhoni who never loses his temper has for the first time lost his cool in an IPL game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur for which he was fined 50% of the match fee for breaking the IPL code of conduct.
Though several cricketers like Sourav Ganguly supported Dhoni’s anger saying he’s a normal human being, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag opined otherwise.
Sehwag opined Dhoni had been let off easy and should have been banned or at least two or three games.
In the final over of the match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Dhoni had walked into the field to protest against the decision of the umpire against a no-ball. CSK were 18 runs away from the victory when Ben Stokes had dismissed Dhoni off the third ball. Mitchell Santner walked in next with CSK requiring eight of the next three. Stokes went in with a full toss against the batter which was declared as a no-ball by Umpire Ulhas Gandhe, but was overruled by his colleague Bruce Oxenford standing at the square-leg position. The decision resulted in batsman Ravindra Jadeja and Santner to questioning the umpire when Dhoni too walked in.
“Had he done this for the Indian team, I would have been happy. I have never seen him so angry during his captaincy days for the Indian team. So I feel he became a little too emotional for the Chennai team. I feel he shouldn’t have come to the ground when there are two CSK members already and they were equally inquisitive regarding the no-ball,” said Sehwag.
“So I feel Dhoni was let off easy and should have been banned for at least 2-3 games. Because if he did this, tomorrow another captain can do the same. Then what is the value of an umpire? So I feel he should have been banned for a few games by IPL to set an example. He should have stayed outside and instead have talked to the fourth umpire with the walkie talkie.”
Dhoni later admitted to breaching the Level 2 offense under Article 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. Article 2.20 says “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” and “is intended to cover all types of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game and which is not specifically and adequately covered by the specific offenses set out elsewhere” in the IPL’s Code of Conduct.