IPL 2019
MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine, says Sanjay Manjrekar
By Shruti - Apr 12, 2019 4:00 pm
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Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has said MS Dhoni was lucky as he got away with a little fine after the incident which was happened during the game between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. MS Dhoni entered into the field and straight went to the umpires and start arguing which was “clearly out of the line” on Thursday in Jaipur. He was fined the 50 per cent of his match fee as he was found of breaching the IPL’s Code of Conduct.

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MS Dhoni arguing with the umpires

“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. Mr Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” the press release said.

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Dhoni, who scored a 43-ball 58 in their chase of 152, was dismissed off the third ball of the over by Ben Stokes. Chennai needed nine runs from the last three balls when on-field umpire signalled the fourth delivery as a no-ball but his decision was rejected as leg-umpire Bruce Oxenford declared the ball was a normal delivery.

Annoyed with the decision, Dhoni started walking into the middle towards the two on-field umpires when it was seen that Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner arguing with the umpire. Ben Stokes tried to explain but Dhoni was pissed off. He had to return disappointed as the delivery was declared normal.

Dhoni’s behaviour surprised many. Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter and wrote:

“Have always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that. Lucky to get away with just a small fine.”

“Have felt this for a while now, players just bossing the game too much these days, often to the detriment of it. Over rates, No day-night Tests, just a couple of examples.”

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However, Chennai Super Kings managed to win the game by Santner’s last ball six and retain their top spot in the point table. Meanwhile, Stephen Fleming, the head coach of Chennai shared that Dhoni entered the ground to know about the no-ball.

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MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu

“MS was after some clarity and it didn’t seem to be coming. So, he took the opportunity to go out in there and discuss it with the umpires. That’s how I saw it and that’s how I discussed it with him afterward.”

“He only just wanted clarity. The rights and wrongs will be discussed by everybody, including Mahi (Dhoni), I’m sure. But, I think, it’ll be a discussion for the umpires afterward and I am a watcher as you guys are, for now,” he further added.