IPL-2019: Sourav Ganguly Defends Dhoni’s On-field Argument

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MS Dhoni furious during CSK vs RR match
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Highlights

  • Everyone is human. What stands out is his competitiveness: Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni's angry reaction to no-ball call.
  • Dhoni escaped a ban and was let off with a 50% fine on his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during the IPL encounter.
  • Former cricketers came down heavily on India’s two-time World Cup winning captain for his act, saying the CSK skipper set a wrong precedent.

Everyone is human, former captain Sourav Ganguly said on Friday night, referring to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s on-field argument with umpires during an IPL game.

Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni escaped a ban and was let off with a 50 per cent fine on his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during the IPL encounter against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.

 

What Ganguly said

 

“Everyone is human. What stands out is his competitiveness. It’s remarkable,” was all Ganguly said when asked about the controversy.

Former cricketers came down heavily on India’s two-time World Cup-winning captain for his act, saying the CSK skipper set a wrong precedent.

Currently serving as an advisor of Delhi Capitals, Ganguly was understandably happy after the visitors had posted a seven-wicket victory over hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

“Two out of two against such a good team is outstanding. I am very satisfied,” he said. Delhi had also won the first-leg at home.

Ganguly added, “Everything at Eden is special. This is the best ground, the best pitch in the country.” 

Chasing 179, Shikhar Dhawan led with a fluent 97 to power the visitors to a big win.

“I feel we bowled exceptionally well to restrict them for 178. It’s actually a 200 wicket,” Ganguly said.

What exactly happened in CSK vs RR match

 

Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni lost his cool in the last over when a waist-high no-ball to Mitchell Santner was ruled out by umpire Ulhas Gandhe even after trying to raise his arm.

Dhoni stormed inside the ground in never-seen-before scenes and chastised Gandhe before leg umpire Bruce Oxenford asked him to calm down.

Despite the controversy in the middle, Chennai Super Kings went on to beat Rajasthan Royals by four wickets.

 

With this victory, MS Dhoni became the first captain in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) to win 100 matches. MS Dhoni has won 29 more matches than Gautam Gambhir, who is second on the list.

Mitchell Santner smashed Ben Stokes for a maximum off the final ball to help CSK seal a last-ball thriller.

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