IPL 2019: Shakib Al Hasan sympathizes with MS Dhoni after outburst on umpires in Jaipur
Dhoni was criticised after he walked into the park after the no-ball saga.
Updated - Apr 13, 2019 4:58 pm
The match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur saw some heated moments as the match came to an end when an umpiring error showed the world the ugly side of IPL, as MS Dhoni stormed the field despite and had an argument with both the umpires about a no-ball call being reversed off Ben Stokes.
His antics cost him a fine of 50% match fees which was seen as nothing but a slap on the wrist by many former cricketers and experts, given the stature of Dhoni and him being the skipper of Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Dhoni was criticized unanimously for shouting at umpires Ulhas Gandhe and Bruce Oxenford in middle of the pitch. However, he has found some support from Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, who was similarly involved in an altercation with the umpire during an international match.
Shakib says what Dhoni did can happen to anyone under pressure
MS Dhoni, CSK captain was furious when umpire Gandhe’s no ball call for a waist-high full toss was reversed as leg umpire Oxenford had a word with him. Ugly scenes ensued and Dhoni was seen having heated words with the umpires, opposition captain Rahane and bowler Stokes.
Shakib, who was also involved in an altercation with the umpire over a similar thing during the Nidahas T20 trophy last year, sympathized with Dhoni. “I did the same thing in Nidahas Trophy so I cannot make a comment. Happens in the heat of the moment and show how motivated you are for the team and the extent you can go to for the team,” Shakib was quoted as saying by Outlook.
Shakib has been out of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) team after playing just one match this season. His team is striving for a better balance in the playing XI and Mohammad Nabi’s performances have edged the Bangladeshi star out.
“Obviously it is disappointing when you are not playing, but you need to understand the situation and the overseas players who are playing have done well. So, it is also difficult for the team management as well. I need to remain fit and ready for the game when I get the call. World Cup is also coming after this and I am taking a lot of motivation out of this. Will look to give it my best when my turn comes. I have been doing everything I need to do to keep myself prepared,” Shakib further added.
The Jessore-born all-rounder also spoke about the return of David Warner in the Sunrisers setup. “He is a great ambassador for the team. The way he has been performing after coming back after a year shows the determination he has and the commitment,” Shakib mentioned.