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IPL 2019: Zaheer Khan gives his opinion on MS Dhoni’s no-ball outburst controversy

"Well, I think a lot of things have improved."

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 25th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 saw one of the biggest controversies happening in the ongoing T20 tournament. The match was played between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur and was moving towards an interesting end with CSK needing 18 runs in the last over.

On the fourth ball of the over, Ben Stokes bowled a high full toss to Mitchell Santner and the umpire at the bowling end called it a no-ball for height. However, the square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford then conversed with Ulhas Gandhe, the other umpire and the decision was reversed. This proved to be the last straw for MS Dhoni, who stormed onto the field in anger and has an argument with the umpires, with RR captain Rahane and bowler Stokes being also involved.

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The decision stood and Dhoni was fined 50% of his match fees for his antics. Many of the former cricketers and cricket experts called out MS Dhoni for his bad behaviour on the field and Virender Sehwag even said that Dhoni should have been banned for his outburst. While CSK players Shane Watson and Imran Tahir backed the skipper and said that it was the passion of Dhoni for CSK that made him do that.

Zaheer Khan gives his opinions on the controversy

While many are criticizing the falling standards of umpiring in the ongoing IPL 2019 and others defending Dhoni’s argument with the umpires, former India player and DC’s director of cricket, Zaheer Khan has a different take on the matter and emphasized on the role of umpires.

“Well, I think a lot of things have improved and there is always room for improvement. So in terms of standards of umpiring, it’s not an easy job and the more pressure you put on them (the umpires), it’s going to be even more difficult,” Zaheer was quoted as saying by Times Now.

“You know as long as the right call has been made it is fine. Yes in this tournament so far we have seen few incidents where things have gone little out of hand, but as long as the umpiring is consistent throughout the game, then it should be ok,” added the member of the 2011 World Cup-winning team.

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