Sehwag Feels Dhoni Should Be Banned For His Actions

MS Dhoni’s decision of entering the field to argue with the umpires has divided the entire cricketing fraternity. It has sparked a huge debate that whether captains are allowed to influence the decisions of umpires.

As a result of his actions, Dhoni was fined 50 per cent of his match fees. The incident happened during the last over of the game between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. Ben Stokes bowled a over waist-high no-ball.

Straight umpire Ulhas Gandhe gave it a no-ball but leg-umpire Bruce Oxenford reversed the decision. That is when Dhoni entered the field to argue with the umpires. Many former cricketers have defended Dhoni.

They said that his actions were done in pure taste. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said, “Everyone is human. What stands out is his competitiveness. It’s remarkable.” But another former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag came down harshly on MSD.

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Speaking in a post-match show for Cricbuzz, Sehwag said that Dhoni was let off easily for his actions in the match. “I don’t think he should have come on to the ground. There were two batsmen who were inquiring with the umpires about the no-ball. I think he was let off easily. He should have been banned for a game or two since this sets a bad precedent for other captains to interfere in the match and question the decisions of umpires. This will lessen the value of umpire,” Sehwag was quoted as saying in the video.

“If he had done this for the Indian team, I had been happy. maybe he is at the point of his career that he might retire after a year, but we never saw him get angry for the sake of Indian team. He has gotten more emotional for Chennai,” Sehwag made a cheeky comment on Dhoni.

“I think he was let off easily. The match referee should have set an example by banning him for a match or two. The referee should have told him that umpires on the ground are the highest authority and they control the game and no captain should influence their decisions,” Sehwag was seen saying in the post-match discussion.

When asked what Dhoni could have done to avoid the situation, Sehwag replied, “Mistakes happen, but such instances of captain questioning the on-filed umpires by interfering in the match devalues the umpires. Umpires have never questioned MS Dhoni on the mistakes he has made. He should have talked to the forth umpire or used the walkie talkie to talk to on-field officials.”