MS Dhoni has been fined 50% of his match fee for the RR v CSK match for his angry reaction to a miscommunication between the two on-field umpires.
The Chennai Super Kings skipper has avoided a ban for his angry outburst as he walked on to the field in an ongoing match while Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner were batting.
Chennai head coach Stephen Fleming defended his skipper by saying “I can’t say whether it was right or not. What wasn’t right was the confusion around the decision. It is above my pay grade early to go further than that.”
Fleming added “The rights and wrongs will be discussed by everybody, including Mahi I am sure. I think it will be a discussion for the umpires afterwards. I am a watcher as you guys are for now. He was certainly fired up the way the decision was handled and why it was overturned. It was a lack of clarity, obviously from him and he wanted to get it clarified at a key moment.
Fleming remarked that the incident would be discussed for a long time by everyone as it is very rare that MS Dhoni loses his cool in an ongoing cricket match.
“It is unusual, he is generally pretty calculative, so it is something that he will be questioned about I am sure for a long time.”
Rajasthan Royals star batsman Jos Buttler wasn’t happy with Dhoni’s decisions of walking onto the field in an ongoing match. He said “I am not sure if that was the right thing to do. Obviously, tensions are running high in the IPL and every run counts, but whether stepping onto the pitch is quite right – I’d say probably not.”
Some former cricketers and cricket analysts weren’t happy with the 37 year old’s actions and criticized him on Twitter.
This is not a good look for the game … No place at all for a Captain to storm onto the pitch from the Dugout … !! #IPL
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 11, 2019
Umpiring standards have been pretty low in this #IPL 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. #RRvCSK #IPL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 11, 2019
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 11, 2019