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IPL 2019: Mark Waugh disappointed with behaviors of captains MS Dhoni and R Ashwin

Waugh disappointed with MS Dhoni and Ashwin's acts.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The spirit of the game in cricket is a very fickle thing. Everyone has their own perspectives on what constitutes within the realms of the spirit of the game and what doesn’t. One such incident was seen during the ongoing IPL 2019, as KXIP captain R Ashwin rightfully ran out or mankaded Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler who was out of the crease, as the bowler was about to bowl.

Many argued that Ashwin should have warned Buttler, which he didn’t and was within the rules of the game. Ashwin stuck to his stand, while cricket fraternity claimed that mankading should be removed as a form of dismissal. Others said the game is tilted in favor of batsmen and staying out of the crease is taking undue advantage.

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Another instance of a captain being against the spirit of game

The most recent match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals saw CSK captain MS Dhoni entering the field of play despite not being allowed on it legally and had a big argument with the umpires. This happened as the non-striker umpire had called a Ben Stokes’ delivery no-ball for being a waist-high full toss. But the square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford didn’t think it was a no-ball and the decision was later reversed.

This led to Jadeja and Santner arguing with the umpires and they were joined by a furious Dhoni, who in baseball style stormed the field to argue and broke the rules of conduct by the captain. After the heated commotion, which also involved RR captain Ajinkya Rahane and Stokes, the reversed decision stood.

Seeing all this, former Australia batsman Mark Waugh felt agitated at the way the two captains have behaved on the field especially MS Dhoni, who went onto argue with the umpires, who were well within their rights to change the decision. He went on to tweet, “I know there’s pressure from owners and big money involved in the IPL but I’ve been very disappointed with the 2 incidents involving the skippers of there respective teams in Ashwin and MS. Not a good look at all.”

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