Chennai Super King’s match against the Rajasthan Royals stirred much controversy following the four-wicket victory by the visitors at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday. The event captured the attention of fans and critics for all the wrong reasons after the no-ball controversy involving the match umpire Ulhas Gandhe and MS Dhoni. In the wake of the incident, there has been an outpour of reactions regarding the incident on social media. Popular commentator and former cricketer Aakash Chopra has also weighed in on the issue, criticising the umpire as well as the CSK skipper.
The former Indian cricket captain had intervened the game of play to confront the match official Gandhe for a ball by Rajasthan Royals’ Ben Stokes which he deemed as ‘no-ball’ but it wasn’t given by the umpire. The act was surely beyond the jurisdiction of Dhoni and following his act, he has been charged 50 percent of his match fee for breaching IPL Code of Conduct.
Chopra wrote on his official social media handle that while action from the umpire was enough to feel crossed and miffed, MS Dhoni should not have reacted the way he did as it was a wrong precedent by the skipper.
Chopra Tweeted about the incident: “Umpiring standards have been pretty low in this #IPL and that was a no-ball given and reversed. Enough to feel crossed and miffed. But the opposition captain has no right to walk out on the pitch after being dismissed. Dhoni set a wrong precedent tonight. #RRvCSK #IPL.”
Speaking to the presser after the match Dhoni said: “It was a very good game. Need to give credit to Rajasthan. They were slightly few runs short on what would’ve been a good score. But they put pressure on our batsmen and they were able to build pressure right to the end. Once you win games like this, you learn a lot out of it. It’s important to enjoy the win but also learn from the mistakes. It’s about a few hits. Have to see the ground here. It’s a very big ground and the outfield is fast. At the end of the day, individuals do commit mistakes. But the team has to take the blame if you’ve lost. Doesn’t matter if it was Shardul’s over or someone else’s over.”