IPL 2019: MS Dhoni was fired up by the way no-ball decision was handled, says Fleming

first_imgChennai Super Kings head coach shed light on what had prompted MS Dhoni to uncharacteristically storm onto the pitch and confront on-field umpires over confusion surrounding a no-ball call during CSK’s tense chase against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.Dhoni has been facing a lot of flak over his fierce on-field argument with on-field umpire Ulhas Gandhe who called a no-ball before retracting his decision during a thrilling final over chase at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.Dhoni hit a half-century but was dimissed in the third ball of the 20th over by Ben Stokes. Chennai Super Kings needed nine from the last three balls after they lost their skipper.Umpire Gandhe then signaled a no-ball on the fourth delivery of the over for a waist-high full toss. However, Bruce Oxenford standing at square leg said it was not a no-ball. Confusion ensued and Ravindra Jadeja, who was at the non-striker’s end got into an immediate argument with the umpires.MS Dhoni, who had struggled for the last two overs possibly due to cramps., came charging on to the field and argued with the umpires and animatedly pointed at Ulhas Gandhe, who looked visibly shaken.Ben Stokes tried to calm Dhoni down but the CSK captain looked far from pleased.MS Dhoni was after some clarity: Stephen FlemingStressing Dhoni walked onto the pitch only to seek clarity about the situation, Fleming said: “Our understanding was that the umpire at the bowler’s end had called the no-ball and then there was confusion around whether it was a no ball or not.advertisement”MS was after some clarity and it didn’t seem to be coming. So, he took the opportunity to go out in there and discuss it with the umpires. That’s how I saw it and that’s how I discussed it with him afterward.”Meanwhile, Fleming also said that MS Dhoni will be questioned about Thursday’s outburst at the umpire for a “long, long time” but refused to be drawn into answering whether what the CSK captain did was right or wrong.”He only just wanted clarity. The rights and wrongs will be discussed by everybody, including Mahi (Dhoni), I’m sure. But, I think, it’ll be a discussion for the umpires afterward and I am a watcher as you guys are, for now.”But he was certainly fired up about the way the decision was handled and why it was overturned or if it was overturned. So, there was a lack of clarity, obviously, for him and he wanted to get it clarified at that key moment. It’s unusual but he’s usually pretty calculated. It’ll be something he will be questioned about for sure, for a long time.”Eventually, MS Dhoni was fined 50 percent of the match fee for breaching IPL’s Code of Conduct.”Mr. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” an IPL release read.Despite the on-field drama in the tense final over, MS Dhoni’s men clinched another two points and took their tally on the top of the IPL points table to 12 points with six wins from seven matches.Needing 3 runs in the final ball of the match, all-rounder Mitchell Santner kept his cool and smashed Ben Stokes into the long-on stands. Dhoni, who was waiting at the dugout, was more relieved than delighted at the win as the skipper came up with an unanimated celebration.Also Read | MS Dhoni fined after fierce on-field argument with umpiresAlso See:last_img read more