Over the years, the cricket fans have always preferred their favorite cricketers following the spirit of the game code. However, perceptions regarding the same vary from person to person. One such incident occurred during the ongoing IPL 2019, as KXIP skipper, R Ashwin rightfully ran out or mankaded Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler who was out of the crease, as the bowler was about to bowl.
Despite receiving criticism after the act, Ashwin stuck to his stand, while cricket fraternity claimed that mankading should be removed as a form of dismissal. Others said cricket is a batsman-friendly game and staying out of the crease is taking undue advantage.
The most recent match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) saw CSK captain MS Dhoni entering the playing area despite not being allowed on it legally and had a big argument with the umpires. This happened as the non-striker umpire had called a Ben Stokes’ delivery no-ball for being a waist-high full toss. But the square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford didn’t think it was a no-ball and the decision was later reversed.
This led to Jadeja and Santner arguing with the umpires and they were joined by a furious Dhoni, who in baseball style stormed the field to argue and broke the rules of conduct by the skipper. After the heated commotion, which also involved RR skipper, Ajinkya Rahane and Stokes, the reversed decision stood.
Meanwhile, Michael Vaughan shut down a fan, who tried to back Dhoni’s action yesterday in the Pink City. The fan took to Twitter and wrote, “There is nothing wrong in what Dhoni did today, it has been seen till now that how many mistakes that umpire does this season as a captain if he didn’t fight for his own team then he shouldn’t take the charge of captaincy,”
There is nothing wrong in what Dhoni did today, we seen upto now that how many mistakes that umpire's did this season as a captain if he didn't fought for his own team then he shouldn't take the charge of captaincy.
— Yes I am a fool so now what?😂 (@HVardhan_A) April 11, 2019
Vaughan replied to the supporter and wrote, “Don’t tweet utter Rubbish … As a Captain you have to respect the Umpires decision … it was a terrible example to set …,”
Don’t tweet utter Rubbish … As a Captain you have to respect the Umpires decision … it was a terrible example to set … https://t.co/A2aICbhOwb
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 12, 2019
Seeing all this, former Australia batsman Mark Waugh felt agitated at the way the two skippers have behaved on the field especially Dhoni. He went on to tweet, “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.”
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.
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) April 12, 2019