Everyone is human, former captain Sourav Ganguly said Friday night, referring to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s on-field argument with umpires during an IPL game. Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni escaped a ban and was let off with a 50 percent fine on his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during the IPL encounter against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.
“Everyone is human. What stands out is his competitiveness. It’s remarkable,” was all Ganguly said when asked about the controversy.
Former cricketers came down heavily on India’s two-time World Cup-winning captain for his act, saying the CSK skipper set a wrong precedent. Serving as advisor of Delhi Capitals, Ganguly had a smile on his face after the visitors posted a seven-wicket victory over hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. “Two out of two against such a good team is outstanding. I am very satisfied,” he said. Delhi had also won the first-leg at home.
Ganguly added, “Everything at Eden is special. This is the best ground, the bet pitch in the country.”
Chasing 179, Shikhar Dhawan led with a fluent 97 to power the visitors to a big win. “I feel we bowled exceptionally well to restrict them for 178. It’s actually a 200 wicket,” Ganguly said.
Earlier, several current and former cricketers lambasted the former India skipper. Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler said Chennai Super Kings’ skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was “probably not right” in stepping on to the field to argue with the umpires. Dhoni lost his cool and rushed into the field of play to confront Indian umpire Ulhas Gandhe after he flip-flopped on a no-ball on Thursday night, which led to a fine on the former Indian captain.
CSK went on to win the match by four wickets with Mitchell Santner smashing Ben Stokes into the stands off the final delivery. “I was fielding at the boundary so I am not sure what had actually happened. I am not sure if that was the right thing to do,” Buttler said at the post-match conference. “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.”