What Made MS Dhoni Lose His Cool & Come Charging From The Dugout

That rare moment when MS Dhoni crossed the line

MS Dhoni doesn’t lose his cool that easily. After all, its not for nothing that he earned the sobriquet Captain Sool. But something happened during the Rajasthan Royals match against chennai Super Kings. It was a high-voltage one and each run was vital to decide the result of the match. In the last over, Ben Stokes bowled a delivery which was above waist high as it was clear in the replays. Even the buzzers at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium went off and the straight umpire (Ulhas Gandhe) was seen signalling the no ball but somehow it was declared a legal delivery.

In a match where the team needed 8 runs off 3 balls, if a bowler bowls a no ball, it is a big advantage for the batting team as the next delivery is a free hit for the batsman. Dhoni, who got out of the previous delivery was furious with the bizarre decision. He stormed into the ground pointing his finger at the umpire Gandhe asking why square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford overruled him.

The CSK skipper had a heated conversation with both umpires but they did not signal it a no ball. Ideally, the equation after the no ball would have been 5 runs needed off 3 balls with Mitchell Santner facing the hat-trick ball.

The 37-year-old was later fined 50 per cent of his match fees for a level 2 Code of Conduct breach under article 2.20 which deals with ”conduct that is contrary to spirit of the game”.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the last-over drama:

Umpiring standards during the IPL 2019 have been poor. The first howler they committed was when they did not check Lasith Malinga’s no ball. The last ball turned out to be decisive as the game went right down to the wire. This triggered Kohli to confront umpires and later on commenting, “This is IPL, not club cricket”.

Many have said that Dhoni had no right barging in when the umpire had given the decision, which is true. But maybe improving the umpiring standards will help to avoid situations like these which create controversy.

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