Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, Bangalore May 15, 2012

Rayudu, Harshal Patel fined for spat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ambati Rayudu, the Mumbai Indians batsman, has been fined 100% of his match fee while Harshal Patel, the Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler, was docked 25% of his match earnings following a spat between the two after Mumbai Indians' tense win at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday.

Rayudu was punished for using obscene and abusive language towards Harshal immediately after Mumbai Indians hit the winning runs in the final over. Harshal reacted and both players had to be restrained. Harshal was fined for a Level 1 offence, for bringing the game into disrepute.

Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh was also fined for maintaining a slow over-rate. They were found to be one over behind the required rate after allowances were taken into consideration. Harbhajan was fined $20,000 for his offence.

Mumbai Indians in particular have been guilty of a few transgressions this IPL, aside from the latest events. In their match against Deccan Chargers in Visakhapatnam, Munaf Patel and Harbhajan were guilty of showing dissent towards the umpire, after the umpire had initially chosen not to refer an appeal to the third umpire. Munaf was fined 25% of his match fee while Harbhajan was warned.

Munaf was guilty again in the game against Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai. He lost 50% of his match fee after making inappropriate gestures towards the batsman Nitin Saini, who had hit him for two fours.

Rohit Sharma was reprimanded for kicking the stumps after his team's nine-wicket loss to Royal Challengers last week at the Wankhede Stadium.

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  • sidy161 on May 18, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Harbhajan and Munaf have become leaders of a pack of guys who are bad mouthed and unruly. What would you expect from a team led by a captain whose reputation with spats is as high as Harbhajan'.. Well I guess being a Team India discards is taking its toll on both cricketers and they re rubbing it off on their teammates too..And wonder what Rayudu wanted to prove by his antics..Or may be he was just doing his bit for MI's behavioral reputation..

  • wranganath on May 16, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Though every team indulges in it in one way or the other, this is becoming the face of Mumbai Indians now in this IPL. It seems like the Mantle is now passed to other MI players this IPL as the captain cannot take up whole heartedly. Even he too is been out of control with umpires. Rayadu behaved as if he is destined to do anything because he won a match for MI. The Fine doesn't do any difference to them. And neither the fine helps the cause of fair play. I guess he would be getting good backing in the dressing room too. As the repeated behavior of Singhs, Patels and now Rayadus, i seldom think that there is even any talk about their acts from their mgmt or the Owners of the team. Though every team have players like this but it's very disappointing that this time MI has lost out of a good conduct on field repeatedly...You may win the matches like this and even the title but this behavior will also carry along.

  • Narbavi on May 16, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @ Rens: thats ridiculous, he would sometimes be disappointed nothing more than that, he is the nicest cricketer to have graced the game and its a fact!!

  • Rens on May 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    It is Rayudu's first error. Forgive him, please

  • GMathews on May 16, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    GUYS,,Will you please leave Sachin alone at least in this matter??????????????????

  • chafz on May 16, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    agree to wat u say guys i guess card system will be the best option

  • ARCRICKETACADEMY on May 16, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    No doubt Rayudu is an outstanding cricketer but needs to control his nerves and requires councilling.It is the time for the Selectors to give him a chance.Once again he has proved himself that he is capable of handling the pressure situations.

  • Rens on May 16, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @Dravid Gravits, there were plenty of occassions where the 'great ambassodor' behaved badly on the field, especialy against umpires calls. Shouting and throwing the bat in the air etc......

  • Trakkan on May 15, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    @Yavaid, If your logic is applied then MI would have some -20 points. But one intersting thing if you have noticed they are not in the bottom of the so called 'Fair play award'! There are many instance of extreme behaviours from Munaf, Rohit and Rayudu. Certainly Bhajii has more influence than Sachin. Whatever one has to say about Sachin's skills I can confidently say that he never ever conducted badly on the field and never responded to sledging. Priety Zinta stormed into the ground but I still would not blame KXIP team because of sportsman ship of Gilchrist and Marsh himself who had got out

  • ARIF3011 on May 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Seniors are setting wrong precedent by misbehaving on the field, juniors are following the course. Mumbai Indians' Captian Bhajji and Munaf have been out of control, so is now Rayudu. Not a surprise. But what Sachin is doing to control this? He seems to be having control on entire MI management as well as on BCCI. Why can't he give strict orders to all team members to behave themselvs. His mere presence must set the tone, that is what a great player can least do. Overall MI is worst team, far from being great.

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