The ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed a lot of appealing and eventful incidents. From Ravichandran Ashwin ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler, then the other bowlers also imitating the incident and some horrible goof-ups by umpires forcing a captain intruding the ground, this IPL has seen it many more.
Opinions have remained divided over the incidents and now former international umpire Simon Taufel has come up with his take on the issues, particularly the one that involved Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni. In a tight game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, an upset Dhoni entered the ground to challenge one of the umpires who had goofed up over a no-ball call.
Simon Taufel reveals his opinion on the no-ball controversy
While speaking on the no-ball controversy involving Dhoni and the on-field umpires, Taufel revealed that he was personally quite surprised to see the veteran wicket-keeper intervening the field. He said the senior player’s acknowledging the same and pleading guilty to the charge imposed by the IPL officials proved the same. Dhoni was fined 50 per cent of his match fee because of the offence, which according to many, was not enough to curb a wrong precedent.
“I get that these are high-pressure moments – lots of things are riding on these games, a lot of money is involved, and there is a lot of excitement and passion within the ground and outside it. I do understand this environment, having had first-hand experience officiating in many IPL finals,” wrote Simon Taufel in his recent column.
Entering the field of play is not right
Taufel said non-participating players or coaches entering the field when play is on to approach an umpire is not right. He further went on to mention that the umpires should have turned MS Dhoni away and shouldn’t have entertained him in the discussion.
“But non-participating players or even coaches and managers entering the field of play to approach an umpire is not right. MS acknowledged this by accepting and pleading guilty to the charge imposed by the IPL match officials,” the 48-year-old umpire furthered.