IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fined 50 per cent of his match fees for the effusion in the final over

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fined 50 per cent of his match fees for the effusion in the final over

Not so cool, MS!

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The last over of the match between RR and CSK witnessed a whole new level of drama. Even though he was dismissed, MS Dhoni stormed onto the field and had a heated argument with the umpires after a controversial no-ball call. After the game, the wicket-keeper batsman was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the IPL’s code of conduct.

The incident

The fourth ball that Ben Stokes bowled in that over was initially declared a no-ball by the straight umpire Ulhas Gandhe. The no-ball buzzer also went up in the ground. However, Bruce Oxenford, the leg umpire overruled the decision. The leg-umpire was the right man to make this call and what followed next was a heated argument between Ravindra Jadeja and the umpires.

MS Dhoni, who was standing on the ropes, walked in first and thought for a few seconds. Then he decided to go ahead into the middle to talk to the umpires. He straightaway signalled at Ulhas Gandhe and pointed out that he gave a no-ball. The umpires had to calm him down and a no-ball wasn’t called.

MS Dhoni admitted to Level 2 Offence

The Chennai skipper was admitted to Level 2 offence under Article 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. The 37-year-old also accepted the sanction. Article 2.20 deals with “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” and “is intended to cover all types of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game and which is not specifically and adequately covered by the specific offences set out elsewhere”.

Article 2.20 also states that “when assessing the seriousness of the offence, the context of the particular situation, and whether it was deliberate, reckless, negligent, avoidable and/or accidental, shall be considered. Further, the person lodging the Report shall determine where on the range of severity the conduct lays (with the range of severity starting at conduct of a minor nature (and hence a Level 1 Offence) up to conduct of an extremely serious nature (and hence a Level 4 Offence)).”

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