Jaipur, April 12: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lost his bearings on the cricket field for the very first time as he rushed into the field of play to confront Indian umpire Ulhas Gandhe for not signalling a no ball, an act which certainly seemed out of line.
It was on the fourth ball of 20th over of the Chennai innings, when a waist-high full toss bowled by Ben Stokes to Mitchell Santner. Initially, it looked as if umpire Gandhe was about to signal no-ball only to decide otherwise.
Dhoni was seen shouting 'No ball' from the dug-out as Ravindra Jadeja was seen arguing with the umpire. Jadeja, who had hit Stokes for a maximum on the first ball of the over could have taken a single to get to the strike for Santner walked into the middle just a ball prior to that but sensing it was a No-ball and that they'll get a free hit on the next delivery, Jadeja went for a double.
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To everyone's horror, an angry Dhoni entered the field of play, which certainly isn't allowed as per rule and took the umpire head-on. He was seen angrily gesturing at the umpire before leg umpire Chris Gaffaney asked Dhoni to leave the field of play.
Here's how people reacted on Twitter to Dhoni's gesture:
This is not a good look for the game ... No place at all for a Captain to storm onto the pitch from the Dugout ... !! #IPL— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 11, 2019
Umpiring standards have been pretty low in this #IPL and that was a no-ball given and reversed. Enough to feel crossed and miffed. But the opposition captain has no right to walk out on the pitch after being dismissed. Dhoni set a wrong precedent tonight. #RRvCSK #IPL— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 11, 2019
We are never short of drama, are we!! The straight umpire has called no-ball, square leg umpire says no!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 11, 2019
Dhoni did for his team rights as a captain 😡😡 pic.twitter.com/id9gdoga7U— Thaladhoniabarnanaveena (@Thaladhoniabar1) April 11, 2019
Save this video clip for ages to come, cuz after the discovery of black hole this week, this is an another rarest of rare picture in the history of mankind- "THE ANGRY DHONI"!!!#RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/mEIi65jAVb— Shashank Sneham 🇮🇳 (@shashank_sneham) April 11, 2019
The umpire is well within his right to overturn a No-Ball or any decision on the field for that matter. Surprised with how Dhoni handled it. It was so unlike Captain Cool #RRvCSK— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 11, 2019
Unedifying to see @msdhoni lose his cool the way he did in the last over, storming on to the field to demand a no-ball. Even if right in his assessment of the delivery, wrong to be so demonstrative IMO— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 11, 2019
Totally agree ... Don’t know why that wasn’t shown !! https://t.co/jS98HIzP6T— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 11, 2019
What shocked many was when official broadcaster Star Sports' presenter Murali Karthik lost a golden opportunity to ask the former India captain about the incident when it seemed he was game about answering the tough questions.
"You again took the game deep?" asked Karthik and Dhoni wittily replied, "By being there at the end do you mean having a conversation with the umpires?"
There was no follow-up questions after that.
MS Dhoni willing to talk about his confrontation with the umpires, even joked about it first up. And Murali Kartik doesn't ask a single question about it! Most atrocious post-match presentation I've seen. How do you let a whole presentation go by without asking that? #RRvCSK— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) April 11, 2019
Yes @msdhoni did cross the line while entering the field to argue with umpire Gandhe. But post match presentation session anchored by Kartik went without a query on that. Need people who ask tough, right questions on such nights. #RRvCSK #IPL2019 #RRvsCSK #Dhoni— Unnikrishnan (@unni1974) April 11, 2019
(With inputs from PTI)