During the IPL 2019 tournament, Chennai Super Kings captain, MS Dhoni was quite agitated about a certain umpiring decision. So, he stormed onto the pitch to argue with the umpire, though the umpire refused to budge. In the end, MS Dhoni was let off with just a rap on the knuckle for his outburst on umpire Ulhas Gandhe.
However, it rubbed off the wrong way with former Indian cricketer, Virender Sehwag. According to him, MS Dhoni should have copped a “ban for two [or] three games,”. However, Dhoni had to only fork out 50 percent of his match fee for entering the field of play to confront the umpire for backtracking on a no-ball. The incident took place during the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
“I feel Dhoni was let off easy and should have been banned for at least two [or] three games. Because if he did this, tomorrow another captain can do the same. Then what is the value of an umpire?” said Sehwag, to Cricbuzz.
He believes that a fitting punishment would have set the right example to prevent further abuse of authority. “I feel he should have been banned for a few games by IPL to set an example. He should have stayed outside and instead have talked to the fourth umpire with the walkie-talkie,” Sehwag said.
“I feel he shouldn’t have come to the ground when there are two [Super Kings] members already and they were equally inquisitive regarding the no-ball,”.
Sehwag even noted that MS Dhoni was never as agitated when he played for India or captained them. “Had he done this for the Indian team, I would have been happy. I have never seen him so angry during his captaincy days for the Indian team. So I feel he became a little too emotional for the Chennai team,” Sehwag said.