Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has weighed-in on the ‘no-ball’ controversy involving the match umpire Ulhas Gandhe and MS Dhoni following Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) four-wicket victory against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday. In the wake of the incident which took place in the Indian Premier League (IPL), there has been an outpour of reactions regarding the incident on social media and the CSK skipper has been charged by the IPL for breaching the code of conduct. However, according to Manjrekar Dhoni should received a more severe punishment for his offence.
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.
“MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the Indian Premier League’s Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” read IPL’s media release statement.
Manjrekar wrote on his social media: “Have always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that. Lucky to get away with just a small fine.”
Following his criticism of the CSK skipper, Manjrekar was trolled by the ‘Thala’ fans:
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.”