MS Dhoni’s storming run onto the field in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has stirred up a controversy. Dhoni is normally known for his cool and calm persona but on Thursday, he showed a different side to his personality.
Here it noted that in a tense run-chase, CSK needed 8 runs from 3 balls. Ben Stokes bowled an uppish full toss to Mitchell Santner which was initially deemed a no-ball by umpire Ulhas Gandhe. But, the square-leg umpire Oxenford signalled to Gandhe that the ball was not waist-high and overruled the original decision. In the midst of the confusion, a furious Dhoni came rushing to the field from the CSK dugout and argued with the on-field umpires about the decision. Ultimately the Oxenford’s decision was upheld and it was deemed as a legal delivery.
To be noted that Dhoni’s action was condemned by several former cricketers like Michael Vaughan and Michael Slater. Now legendary Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi has also lashed out at the veteran wicket-keeper batsman and labelled his outburst as an immature protest. He also questioned the light penalty put on him (50 per cent of his match fee). IPL had put a light penalty on Dhoni after discussion with umpire Oxenford and match referee. It has been brought to light that Oxenford made it clear that he wasn’t offended by the CSK skipper’s act of walking onto the field so the match referee did not put a bigger penalty on him.
"MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League's (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team's match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur." An IPL press release said hours after the match "Mr Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,". Dhoni will now be seen in action when CSK take on Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday at the Eden Gardens.