India v South Africa, 4th Test, Delhi December 6, 2015

Vijay fined for showing dissent

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M Vijay gestured to the umpire that he was hit on the arm guard after being given out in India's second innings © BCCI

M Vijay was fined 30% of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision on the third day of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Vijay, who tried to evade a bouncer from Morne Morkel, was given out caught behind by Kumar Dharmasena. Vijay gestured that he was hit on the arm guard as he walked off. His actions amounted to breaching Article 2.1.5 of the ICC code of conduct, which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match".

The charge was levelled by Dharmasena and Bruce Oxenford, the onfield umpires, and CK Nandan, the third umpire.

All level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% of a player's match fee.

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  • Cricinfouser on December 8, 2015, 20:08 GMT

    @NAMPALLY You're a strange man. You say that umpires have been calling no balls for generations, yet you now have no issues with batsmen showing dissent when that for the longest time was a tradition been carried through generations as well.

  • Cricinfouser on December 8, 2015, 20:02 GMT

    That's the rule napally. You're given out, you walk. No ifs buts

  • mohsin9975 on December 8, 2015, 2:37 GMT

    @Nampally...U say, "Kohli was given out CBW when he did not snick the ball & so was Vijay- caught off his forearm guard. And, so dey rightly showed dissent." Had d Vijay decision been given vs Rohit(who is on d verge of being dropped), wud u still hav justified had Rohit abused d umpire on his face/shoved him on his way back?Where do u draw d line for adequate dissent?Wud such behavior been justified just coz his entire career wud hav been wrecked by dat decision? No, it wudn't. We live in a society which demands some civil codes of conduct. Rules & codes r made to include such possibilities to avoid their abuse. Umpires hav a job to do & dey r rated according to performances in d match to remain in d Elite panel as r players to remain in d team. A mandatory review wud further slow down d game. Dat's why der is a cap on d no. of reviews in DRS. Bcoz, if der's not, d players will coerce umpires to review every marginal decision.

  • Nampally on December 7, 2015, 19:01 GMT

    MOHSIN9975: Yes, I have played & seen enough Cricket to realise the importance of a No Ball call. Why should Umpires not fulfil their job of watching & calling No balls, as it has been for generations? A Np-ball gives the batsmen the advantage of hitting it for a 4 or 6 without the fear of losing their wkt. + it demoralises the bowler. Kohli was given out CBW when he did not snick the ball & so was Vijay- caught off his forearm guard. Both the batsmen showed dissent & rightly so because of the Umpiring blunders. As per this "insane rule" the batsman can be penalised for his attitude on being given "wrongly out" while the Umpire rejoices at his "wrong" decision! In the name of justice & fair play, make action replay mandatory on such decisions, just as the review of no-ball after every out is mandatory. This is a simple task to accommodate "fairness in Cricket". Even when any injustice is done in our Life, we call "It isn't Cricket"! So let us make Cricket a "Fair sport"!

  • mohsin9975 on December 7, 2015, 18:15 GMT

    Donno what's with fellow Indian fans & DRS. Half of them just do not get it & other half who get it want it to be 100% right. The Lyon's decision seems to have consolidated their belief against it. Why don't u all want to get into d details of dat decision. The technology worked correctly. The 3rd umpire interpreted wrongly. It was a human error. U can accept a human error by onfield umpire, but fail to accommodate another by a 3rd umpire? Re Lyon's review, the onfield umpire had given it as not out. DRS, at least, showed der was a possibility of him being out. More correct decisions are arrived at with DRS than without. How difficult can dat be to understand? If u don't want DRS & consider onfield umpiring decisions better, u can't be doubting & showing dissent. Can't have both d cherry & d pie

  • mohsin9975 on December 7, 2015, 18:00 GMT

    @Nampally..I think u hav seen enuf matches to know dis. The ICC Elite Umpires work under a protocol. They hav been advised to focus more on making decisions other than d line calls. The no-ball decisions making has become linient to bowlers & no-ball calls are checked after every wicket as a protocol. So, can't agree with u dat umpiring has become poor. In fact, umpiring has become very dependable after d advent of DRS which has improved their mindset. We see very few howlers nowadays as compared to 10 years back

  • Nampally on December 7, 2015, 14:55 GMT

    @NURSERY-ENDER: I cannot understand your comment. You say, "Why, Tell me, is there no review system in this series"? My suggestion was to implement a mandatory review system(overriding this rule) for all close calls that are not conclusive just like Vijay's - independent of DRS- Just like "mandatory review of No balls" after every Out! There were 2 back to back "bad calls" in this innings for Vijay & Kohli & both dissented rightly! Vijay got fined but Umpires come out "squeaky clean" - clearly Tahir's No ball was missed by Umpire. A good Umpire would not have missed it- only exposed by mandatory review. If the Umpiring is this bad as to miss No-balls routinely, why should the umpiring be trusted? It is unfair to charge batsmen for dissent because Umpires act like "Demi-Gods" & the game "respects umpires despite their incompetence"- This Isn't Cricket!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 7, 2015, 12:17 GMT

    @ROHAN PHADKE So you prefer not to have the correct decision. I bet if Tahir didnt overstep and Kohli was given out for 3 runs before he scored big - then you would have cried about bad umpiring. My team has used DRS for years and I would never go back, its great for the game.

  • dalok on December 7, 2015, 12:11 GMT

    Gets a wrong decision and then get fined!!

  • Rohan Phadke on December 7, 2015, 12:09 GMT

    Well well...Vijay was fined for what he did and all respect that..! And about DRS its hopeless after we see at least 1-2 controversial decisions in each test(worst was Lyon)..Surely back BCCI's decision

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