In a rare instance, Dhoni, who was not even meant to be on the field of play, lost his cool and rushed out of the dugout to challenge umpire Ulhas Gandhe after he flip-flopped on a no-ball during the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday night. The fate of the game was hanging by a thread when Ben Stokes came to bowl the final over. A wide from Stokes followed meaning two would have brought a Super Over.
A miffed Dhoni entered the field of play, which certainly isn't allowed as per rule, and confronted the umpire head-on.
"Firstly, 100 wins is great, secondly Dhoni as captain is very successful, Dhoni as a player is outstanding". The drama unfolded soon when on the fourth delivery the main umpire signalled a no ball and then all of a sudden backed out. The Super Kings skipper was absolutely furious as the umpires tried to bring the matter under control.
Though Stokes clean bowled Dhoni off the third ball of the over, Mitchell Santner's last-ball six sealed the match for CSK by four-wickets.
Former India cricketers Aakash Chopra, Hemang Badani, Deep Dasgupta and Sanjay Manjrekar were also not pleased with Dhoni's conduct. And Michael Clarke has now joined the bandwagon too.
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"When all parties met in the match referee's room after the game, Oxenford made it clear that he wasn't offended by the CSK skipper's act of walking onto the field and having a discussion on the no-ball being reversed", the source said. "I know he's MS Dhoni, I know he can do what he wants in this country".
"MS was after some clarity and it didn't seem to be coming so he took the opportunity to go out and discuss it with the umpires. 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". "I know MS you're a legend but you can't storm on the pitch", he added.
England allrounder Ben Stokes has been savaged by fans after a final over horror show cost his side the chance of victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
A fuming MS Dhoni has been docked 50 per cent of his match fee for a code of conduct breach which saw the skipper walk onto the field to dispute a no-ball call during the Chennai Super Kings' match against Rajasthan Royals.