MS Dhoni has been docked 50% of his match fees for a Code of Conduct breach after Chennai Super Kings’ match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.
Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence under Article 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. Article 2.20 deals with “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” and “is intended to cover all types of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game and which is not specifically and adequately covered by the specific offences set out elsewhere” in the IPL’s Code of Conduct.
CSK needed 18 runs from the final over but Dhoni was dismissed on the third ball of the over by Ben Stokes.The fourth delivery of the over bowled to Santner was first called a no-ball by umpire Ulhas Gandhe but the decision was changed after consulting square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford.
At this point Dhoni – who was in the dugout – stormed into the field and confronted both the umpires, asking them for the reason to reverse the decision. That led to heated arguments in the middle, with batsmen Ravindra Jadeja and Santner getting involved. Dhoni also marched onto the field and got involved in an animated discussion with the umpires for a few minutes.
The delivery ultimately stood as a legal one, but Super Kings clinched a thrilling win, with Santner hitting a six off the last ball.