IPL 2023
MS Dhoni Smartly Delayed Discussion With Umpires To Allow Pathirana To Bowl?
By CricShots - May 24, 2023 2:39 pm
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In an impressive display of leadership, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their tenth Indian Premier League (IPL) final with a 15-run victory over Gujarat Titans (GT) in Qualifier 1. While Dhoni’s decision-making received praise, a controversial time-wasting incident marred the match. The Titans, however, still have a chance to face CSK in the final if they can defeat the winners of the Eliminator between Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni had a discussion with the umpires regarding the over of Matheesha Pathirana

During the 15th over of GT’s chase, Dhoni was engaged in discussion with the umpires, causing a delay. It was later revealed that this was a deliberate strategy employed by Dhoni to waste time. CSK players surrounded the officials, and play was held up for nearly four minutes until Matheesha Pathirana was allowed to bowl his second over.

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The incident drew criticism from fans and even batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, who had previously sought Dhoni’s autograph. Gavaskar expressed his disapproval, emphasizing the importance of accepting the umpire’s decision, even in high-pressure situations.

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Despite the controversy, Pathirana performed well, taking two wickets and conceding 37 runs as Gujarat was bowled out for 157 in the final ball of their innings. CSK emerged victorious, securing their place in yet another IPL final. Ruturaj Gaikwad was named Player of the Match for his outstanding knock of 60 off 44 balls. The Chennai Super Kings showcased their dominance, outplaying the defending champions Gujarat Titans on their path to the final.

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Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg also reacted to the incident and wrote: “Dhoni using his presence to full effect, luring the umpires into a 4 minute discussion causing time to run out for Pathirana to bowl after an extended break off the field. Umpires laughing over the incident rather than taking control of the situation is not good enough.”