IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fined after altercation with umpires

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fined after altercation with umpires

The final over during the clash between defending IPL champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals was marred with a no-ball controversy that saw MS Dhoni storming on to the ground and engaging in an argument with the umpires. A wide from Stokes followed meaning two would have brought a Super Over.

Despite putting up a healthy 178-run total on the board, Kolkata lost their last match against Delhi Capitals due to the brilliance of Delhi's Shikhar Dhawan.

"Firstly, a 100 wins is great, secondly Dhoni as captain is very successful, Dhoni as a player is outstanding. Our understanding was that the umpire at the bowler's end called a no-ball and then there was confusion around whether there was no-ball or not", Fleming said. On top of all, it also showed MS Dhoni losing his control on emotions and walking to the middle to argue with the umpire, something, which none would have expected. The Super Kings skipper was absolutely furious as the umpires tried to bring the matter under control.

The incident took place in the last over of the Chennai innings. And Michael Clarke has now joined the bandwagon too. "I know he's MS Dhoni, I know he can do what he wants in this country". However, the other Umpire, Bruce Oxenford standing away at the square leg claimed it was not a no-ball.

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"Sorry, that is a no-no. That's a complete no-no, you can't be setting that example as a captain". "Just because you feel you've been wronged, you can't go and do things which are not permitted".

While the CSK captain was fined 50 per cent of his match fee, some have called it a lenient decision because he is Dhoni. "Obviously, tensions are running high in the IPL and every run counts and it was probably a big moment in the game, but whether stepping onto the pitch is quite right - I'd say probably not", Buttler said at the post-match conference.

The minimum sanction for the first Level 1 Offence is "warning/ reprimand and/ or the imposition of a fine of up to 50% of the applicable Match Fee", while that for a Level 4 Offence is "the imposition of a suspension of between eight (8) matches and a lifetime".