IPL 2019: Sourav Ganguly defends MS Dhoni after his on-field argument with umpires in Jaipur
"Everyone is human."
Updated - Apr 13, 2019 11:02 am
MS Dhoni’s behaviour with the umpires during the game between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have become the talk of the town. The ever-calm and composed Dhoni had left everyone shell shocked by storming onto the field to confront the umpires after yet another gaffe from the officials in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The incident had occurred in the final over of the game due to confusion over a no-ball call.
Super Kings had just lost the wicket of Dhoni on the third ball of the over and needed 8 runs from the last three balls. Ben Stokes then bowled a high full-toss to newcomer Mitchell Santner. Umpire Ulhas Gandhe quickly took out his arm to signal a no-ball. However, square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford immediately overturned it and called it a legal delivery, much to the anger of Dhoni. The Super Kings skipper first showed his frustration from the boundary lines before storming onto the field to confront the officials.
Dhoni walked off the field but only after a heated and animated discussion with both the umpires. Santner had then gone on to hit a last-ball six to power the Super Kings to a thrilling win. Dhoni later escaped a ban but was fined 50% of his match fees. But his act attracted widespread criticism as former players, pundits and even fans slammed him for his behaviour. But amidst all these, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has come out in defence of his former teammate.
The legendary cricketer, who is currently serving as the advisor of Delhi Capitals, said that ‘everyone is human’ as he defended Dhoni. “Everyone is human. What stands out is his competitiveness. It’s remarkable,” was Ganguly’s only reply when the media asked him about the incident.
Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets on Friday to move to the fourth spot in the points table. Ganguly expressed his delight over the performance, saying: “Two out of two against such a good team is outstanding. I am very satisfied. He further said: “Everything at Eden is special. This is the best ground, the bet pitch in the country.”