Mumbai v Punjab, IPL 2012, Mumbai April 23, 2012

Munaf Patel fined for lashing out at batsman

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Munaf Patel, the Mumbai Indians fast bowler, has been fined 50% of his match fee for making offensive gestures during the match against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, the IPL stated in a release.

The incident happened during the third over of Kings XI's innings, after Nitin Saini hit Munaf for two fours. Munaf had a word with Saini at the end of the over, forcing the umpires to intervene. His captain Harbhajan Singh then had to step in to calm him down. Munaf pleaded guilty to the Level 1 offence and was fined by the match referee Raju Mukherjee.

This is Munaf's second offence in this tournament, after he was fined 25% of his match fee in the game against Deccan Chargers in Visakhapatnam. Munaf was appealing for the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, who was bowled off the inside edge, but was initially denied the wicket by the on-field umpires. Munaf and Harbhajan both argued with the umpires, who eventually referred the decision.

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  • bmans on April 24, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Munaf isnt setting a good example for the up coming cricketers. I like people to be aggresive on the field, but that doesnt mean shouting on the Umpires and Players. I feel Umpire should have shown him the Red Card in the match against Chargers.

  • Pathiyal on April 24, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    munaf's commitment to the ipl franchise team is definitely far ahead of his commitment to the national team. surprised to see people still support his actions.

  • Narbavi on April 23, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @bigwonder: Look winning is important, but playing the game fair is even more important, how can u behave like that to a young unheralded guy??

  • venbas on April 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Let Munaf and Bhajji show 1% of their IPL commitment to Indian team. We might not have been wallaoped by evey other international team then.

  • Naren on April 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    The same BCCI always made a big deal about Australian behavior and sledging. But what Harbhajan and Munaf are doing is far worse and they just close their eyes as it will cause negative publicity to IPL. Also not sure what the Mumbai franchise is doing. The other day they should have censured both the players for their behavior against DC.

  • bigwonder on April 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @vinayjayaram and @bmoizuddin, you do know that Munaf is 4 highest wicket takes in IPL 2012 so far (in 5 games). Instead of jumping up and down about ban or no-ban, let the stats do the talking. Your young guns have adrenaline rush here and there but at the end the cool and calm will prevail.

  • Sadiqahmed on April 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Munaf should be warned that three strikes and he is then out of the IPL for this season. He already has two strikes and should not be tolerated after this. If he is unable or unwilling to be a good sports person especially in the game of high behavior standards of cricket he should not be a part of the game at least in the ones like IPL that involve international players and audiences. This warning will also give incentive to wayward captains like Harbhajan to exercise utmost retraint in field manners.

  • musaafir on April 23, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Of course he should get this punishment.MI s are gonna get least in fair play ranking and you should blame Munaf and Bhaaji for it..Shame on you guys.Try to learn some manners from Mastrer blaster.

  • vinayjayaram on April 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    I was thinking that there should be a ban imposed on Munaf but then i saw bmoizuddin's comments..hilarious and true..i completely agree with him..No ban on Munaf pls; iwe want to see him getting hit all across the park again and again :D

  • sandy_bangalore on April 23, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    No surprises here at all! After all, he is captained by Harbhajan Singh or O.W as Hayden so correctly described him. Its just the beginning, millions are thrown at these players for a few hours work so all these go to their heads, and hence the arrogance. And the funny thing is they are going after uncapped indian players, but chicken out against the likes of Gayle, kallis, AB etc. Nothing but bullying.

  • bmans on April 24, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Munaf isnt setting a good example for the up coming cricketers. I like people to be aggresive on the field, but that doesnt mean shouting on the Umpires and Players. I feel Umpire should have shown him the Red Card in the match against Chargers.

  • Pathiyal on April 24, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    munaf's commitment to the ipl franchise team is definitely far ahead of his commitment to the national team. surprised to see people still support his actions.

  • Narbavi on April 23, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @bigwonder: Look winning is important, but playing the game fair is even more important, how can u behave like that to a young unheralded guy??

  • venbas on April 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Let Munaf and Bhajji show 1% of their IPL commitment to Indian team. We might not have been wallaoped by evey other international team then.

  • Naren on April 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    The same BCCI always made a big deal about Australian behavior and sledging. But what Harbhajan and Munaf are doing is far worse and they just close their eyes as it will cause negative publicity to IPL. Also not sure what the Mumbai franchise is doing. The other day they should have censured both the players for their behavior against DC.

  • bigwonder on April 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @vinayjayaram and @bmoizuddin, you do know that Munaf is 4 highest wicket takes in IPL 2012 so far (in 5 games). Instead of jumping up and down about ban or no-ban, let the stats do the talking. Your young guns have adrenaline rush here and there but at the end the cool and calm will prevail.

  • Sadiqahmed on April 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Munaf should be warned that three strikes and he is then out of the IPL for this season. He already has two strikes and should not be tolerated after this. If he is unable or unwilling to be a good sports person especially in the game of high behavior standards of cricket he should not be a part of the game at least in the ones like IPL that involve international players and audiences. This warning will also give incentive to wayward captains like Harbhajan to exercise utmost retraint in field manners.

  • musaafir on April 23, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Of course he should get this punishment.MI s are gonna get least in fair play ranking and you should blame Munaf and Bhaaji for it..Shame on you guys.Try to learn some manners from Mastrer blaster.

  • vinayjayaram on April 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    I was thinking that there should be a ban imposed on Munaf but then i saw bmoizuddin's comments..hilarious and true..i completely agree with him..No ban on Munaf pls; iwe want to see him getting hit all across the park again and again :D

  • sandy_bangalore on April 23, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    No surprises here at all! After all, he is captained by Harbhajan Singh or O.W as Hayden so correctly described him. Its just the beginning, millions are thrown at these players for a few hours work so all these go to their heads, and hence the arrogance. And the funny thing is they are going after uncapped indian players, but chicken out against the likes of Gayle, kallis, AB etc. Nothing but bullying.

  • skepticaloptimist on April 23, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Why on earth are Indian making such a big deal out of this thing. Yes, Munaf was being silly on the field, and it was only silly enough to hit him back his 50% percent match fee. I don't think he's done anything as bad, that he deserves a ban, as most blinded fans here are saying. In fact, it's good: the young'uns get a good taste of international cricket, which is one of the main goals of the IPL. Such sledging is quite commonplace in international cricket, and only helps to create a more competitive atmosphere. Not that I think Munaf should have done it, but certainly, it's nothing oh-god-it's-unacceptably-bad. Yes, the Indian populace is in large a timid one, but at least don't expect everyone to be like yourselves. Saini probably got charged up, as did Mandeep, and it's clear which team won. All that said, competitive sports boils down to winnings; and KXIP caused a major upset to win against MI. Kudos to KXIP to March and XXIP bowlers.

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 23, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    "His captain Harbhajan Singh then had to step in to calm him down." LOOOL. He himself did this in previous IPL editions (abused suman when he hit six and got out) A leader has to lead by example. ANd thats what harbhajan did against DC match and his teammates followed it. BTW how many wickets has he taken in this season?

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 23, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @pai11 - dont say to ban him .. in case if he gets ban then some other good bowler can popup and that will be good for MI... let him play so that his own comes out and there is no risk or any sort of playing him... even the upcoming kids of future indian team is banging him... so let him play pls.. dont drop him nor ban him.... if he is not there then who will give 40 runs ? lol lol lol... keep it up Munna bhai u are tooooooooooooo generous... keep going..

  • Prenay on April 23, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    this is not the first time Munaf did it...Baruch express has no respect for the game in previous ODI series even he was shouting on his team mate for sloppy fielding though everyone know how he is himself in the field. People slap Sreesanth for the same but i think there is a difference between Sreesanth aggression and Munaf misbehaviour

  • pai11 on April 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    fine of match fees will definitely not hurt him. I am sure his bosses will pay the fine. he was fined last time against DC match? what happened? he definitely has not learnt from the mistakes.. if he really has to learn a lesson he must be banned for 1 match or more depending on the seriousness of offence. then only he might realise...

  • tapasalok on April 23, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    He should be banned from IPL itself. IPL is to nurture the youngsters from India.. rather than making them feel insecure from senior pros.. :(

  • on April 23, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I wonder whether this guy is out of his mind. It seems that he thinks of himself as bullet proof. He tries to give the impression that no one can hit him for runs. By doing so he not only makes a fool/joker out of him but also dishonors the game of cricket. It is funny to watch at times but I really think this guy needs some counseling.

  • justcricket1 on April 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    very less punishment, he should be banned for entire IPL, he does not deserve to be a sportsman

  • Narbavi on April 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    A senior indian fast bowler behaving like this to an young indian batsman is totally unacceptable!! Munaf recently is becoming a total disgrace!! he should be banned atleast for a couple of games!!

  • Siva_S on April 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    75%?...he should be actually banned for 3-4 matches...

  • kingkrk on April 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Red card should be introduced in IPL,..so that they can kick out unethical players like him!

  • rohanblue on April 23, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    ban him, he is disturbing nd embarasment fr indian players.....

  • Surajrises on April 23, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    He Deserves it... What does he think of himself? He should have been fined 75% actually. I am sure that even after being fined, he won't stop sledging...

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  • Surajrises on April 23, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    He Deserves it... What does he think of himself? He should have been fined 75% actually. I am sure that even after being fined, he won't stop sledging...

  • rohanblue on April 23, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    ban him, he is disturbing nd embarasment fr indian players.....

  • kingkrk on April 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Red card should be introduced in IPL,..so that they can kick out unethical players like him!

  • Siva_S on April 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    75%?...he should be actually banned for 3-4 matches...

  • Narbavi on April 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    A senior indian fast bowler behaving like this to an young indian batsman is totally unacceptable!! Munaf recently is becoming a total disgrace!! he should be banned atleast for a couple of games!!

  • justcricket1 on April 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    very less punishment, he should be banned for entire IPL, he does not deserve to be a sportsman

  • on April 23, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I wonder whether this guy is out of his mind. It seems that he thinks of himself as bullet proof. He tries to give the impression that no one can hit him for runs. By doing so he not only makes a fool/joker out of him but also dishonors the game of cricket. It is funny to watch at times but I really think this guy needs some counseling.

  • tapasalok on April 23, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    He should be banned from IPL itself. IPL is to nurture the youngsters from India.. rather than making them feel insecure from senior pros.. :(

  • pai11 on April 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    fine of match fees will definitely not hurt him. I am sure his bosses will pay the fine. he was fined last time against DC match? what happened? he definitely has not learnt from the mistakes.. if he really has to learn a lesson he must be banned for 1 match or more depending on the seriousness of offence. then only he might realise...

  • Prenay on April 23, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    this is not the first time Munaf did it...Baruch express has no respect for the game in previous ODI series even he was shouting on his team mate for sloppy fielding though everyone know how he is himself in the field. People slap Sreesanth for the same but i think there is a difference between Sreesanth aggression and Munaf misbehaviour