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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni Penalized For Harsh Reaction To Umpiring Decision

Former Indian and current Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper, MS Dhoni is known for his calm and composed attitude in even the best of pressure situations. There have been hardly one or two instances where the matters had shifted out of the turnbuckle reach after which he was forced to break the shackles. However, during yesterday's game against Rajasthan Royals (RR), the world witnessed the strangest appearance of the CSK captain due to umpiring decision confusion. 

Dhoni played a flamboyant innings last night to bring CSK on the doorsteps of a thrilling victory, however, the drama occurred when after Dhoni’s dismissal, on the very next delivery, first the straight umpire, Ulhas Gandhe lifted his hand to declare the no-ball for height, but suddenly he then strangely acted as if nothing happened. Also, the square leg umpire who has the absolute authority to call the no-balls in case of height issues never declared the delivery as a false one. 

This whole drama forced Dhoni to come fuming from the dugout towards the field to seek clarity on the confusion. Surprisingly, it was the first time when people saw Dhoni intervening the field and losing out his cool. However, even after a long and aggressive discussion, the no-ball wasn't declared and thus, the delivery was counted as a legitimate one.

After all this drama, CSK all-rounder Mitchell Santner showed nerves of steel, striking an unbelievable six off the final delivery to steer his team to a spectacular 4-wicket victory and in turn brought a smile on Dhoni's face as well.

Dhoni charged with Level 2 offence

The controversy regarding Dhoni's livid reaction to umpire's decision intensified further when it was learnt that the skipper has admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 in accordance with the IPL's Code of Conduct. Dhoni also accepted the 50% match fees deduction sanction as a penalty for the breach.  "MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 percent of his match fees for breaching the Indian Premier League's Code of Conduct during his team's match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” said a media release from IPL.

Article 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct refers to actions that are contrary to the spirit of the game. The 50% fine levied on Dhoni is the minimum sanction for a Level 2 offence for the first time. The statement from IPL refrained from detailing the specifics for which Dhoni had been fined.