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Rayudu, Harshal Patel fined for spat

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May 15, 2012

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Yuzvendra Chahal tries to restrain an enraged Ambati Rayudu , Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Bangalore, May 14, 2012
An enraged Ambati Rayudu had to be restrained © AFP

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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Posted by 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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!!

Posted by Rens on (May 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

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

Posted by GMathews on (May 16, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

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

Posted by chafz on (May 16, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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......

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 4th_umpire on (May 15, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

I am a big fan of Rayudu since experts started applauding his skills. I thought he will make it to the national team in all formats by 21. He is 27 now lost half his career to ugly spats and still indulging in the same...very disappointing.. playing with greats like Sachin should make you a good person and a player... After playing such a great knock how can some one indulge in a ugly spat instead of celebrating it.. Mr. Rayudu keep your cool or else you will never make it to Indian team and will be remembered for ugly spats. Even if someone provokes you report it to the referee and stay calm...I wish you a good luck...but its totally in your hands...

Posted by cool2cool on (May 15, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

@SouthPaw: Then why CSK is at the bottom of the fairplay award with Dhoni being the leader and the team which won ot twice, if I am not wrong? Even RR has started loosing far more points in last few matches...

Posted by cool2cool on (May 15, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

But does anyone know exactly what incident was?

Posted by Romenevans on (May 15, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

...and the most fascinating thing is when Munaf was behaving so badly with players and umpires, sachin was just watching him form Mid-on and did'nt say a thing to him. That's show how pathetic this MI team is. I'm from Mumbai and i hate this team. I support RR because Rahul The Great WALL Dravid represent that humble and down to earth team.

Posted by NP_NY on (May 15, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

@bismoy: True Sachin is a perfect gentleman but he doesn't seem to have had any influence on his team mates judjing by the behaviour of Munaf, Bhajji and now Rayudi. Rajasthan Royals on the other hand are on top of the Fair Play table thanks to Dravid.

Posted by bvnathan on (May 15, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Handing out financial penalty is not good enough. In addition, I strongly recommend that the players involved are also handded out suspension (as it happens in Soccer games) for future games. This not only helps the players to discipline themselves but also impacts the team composition going forward. As all of us know there is no FIRE without a SMOKE, the players involved have to be judged with no favors attached or the Franchise they represent.

Posted by couchpundit on (May 15, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Best way to stop these ugly behaviours is to dock 2 points from points table and give it to other team.

Specially Mumbai Indians need such punishment. Playing for Money house of India doesnt get you special treatment.

Posted by MisterBee on (May 15, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

A good way to use these fines should be to donate to some worthwile charity, these guys have become so arrogant, even in post match conversations with TV anchors their ego comes out

Posted by serious-am-i on (May 15, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

A leader leads the way by example unfortunately Mumbai have it in the bad boy Bhajji, so the team mates are following his foot steps. We never saw this kind of ugly gestures when Sachin was leading the side, really a sad day for cricket. If I was the referee I might have suspended Rayudu for his dirty gestures.

Posted by bismoy on (May 15, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

@ Dravid_Gravitas its not rahul dravid, Rayadu must learn from great sachin how to conduct on/off the field.

Not sure how you brought dravid into this scenario when Rayadu plays for mumbai.Rayadu has legend like sachin in dressing room,He must learn from sachin.

Posted by maddyjagadish on (May 15, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

@southpaw: Absolutely, i completely agree with you.

Posted by ROHANV19951995 on (May 15, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

itz just that these ppl are so much filled with young blood and just one or 2 experienced campaigners..... i mean sachin/gibbs/malinga... these 3 never show bad attitude to the game..... last 4 yrs mumbai never misbehaved under sachin....but bhajji needs to learn to control the team and himself ofcourse

Posted by ajar on (May 15, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Munaf is worst of all, fights with players, fights with umpires, i don't understand why he doesn't get banned from atleast one match. I think they should introduce card system in cricket, everytime some one fights with umpire red card and one match ban. Fair play points are useless they don't affect the game in anyway.

Posted by Charizard on (May 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Ok,seriously guys grow up,have you never had a spat with any1 on or off field, we want our cricketers to behave like angels all the time,Rayudu does it then he is bad, Yuvraj also did the same to Flintoff,he charged towards him and we all know what happened next, but in case of Rayudu why is it different,why then there were no comments like SHAME on yuvraj singh. There is also a video of Gambhir vs Afridi, but still no 'shame on you Gambhir?' I am a MI fans and I seriously dont like Munaf's attitude. but it can be a case where Harshal might have said something to Rayudu during the match and Rayudu responding later. So pls stop acting like all of you guys are Angels and never uttered a single abusive word.

Posted by bobmartin on (May 15, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Mumbai Indians AGAIN... They are a disgrace. Firstly, they should be kicked out of the fair play league.. secondly they should be docked at least one game.. It's still must rankle with a lot of the fans that Harbhajan gets a slap on the wrist for haranguing the umpires .. yet Rayudu gets fined his match fee for aguing with a member of the opposition. Where is the logic ? Having said that.. events continue to prove there is no logic in the decisions by the IPL powers that be,

Posted by sampi72 on (May 15, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Munaf Patel is no more suitable for Gentleman's game .In every match he is behaving like the big boss of the game and we can see him like a man in a fighting event...It is sad to see ,..he is doing all thse commedy of errors in front of Sachin Tendulkar..The The great man & the Gentleman of the Game..

Posted by chakor16 on (May 15, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas - There is a similarity between two of these spats. With Arjun yadav... Arjun was bullying a young talent. With Harshal patel.... Rayudu was bullying a young talent. It's all about the position you are in. Point here is that if you are involved in so many Spats, you will loose respect. Look at bhajji, he doesn't get the respect what he deserves being probably best spinner of the country in recent times, just because of his attitude.

People say that Kohli doesn't posses a good attitue and abuses a lot. He doesn't do it on someone's face. He does it in air to take out all the heat of his body, atleast he is doing better not to face anyone and give him few abusive words. Those days are not so far when Indian lads will forget the respect/attitude/behaviour, which has been maintained by Sachin/Dravid/Laxy on the ground from almost a decade.

Posted by ameen2009 on (May 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Poor Behaviour!!! not expected from Rayudu!! You are the rising star of Indian Cricket and no youngster should have this attitude...what if he does this against an international team..The new brigade of Indian Team is aggressive but never shows this behaviour!!!

Posted by sonamena on (May 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

@wealwayswin : shame on yourself . if the mumbai indians are fighters , they should not have lost the IPL2010 . then why the hell you said like that. playing as a team fails but not loses tournament [ csk] you guys depend only on tendulkar and pollard+malinga. if one guy is also not there in the playing 11 you are dead plumb .[ csk vs mi 2010 final tendulkar injured]

Posted by Percy_Fender on (May 15, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

I agree with the views of Dravid_Gravitas. While the entire manner of celebrating these days leaves me disgusted, I think Rayadu, after his well documented fight with Yadav should have kept his natural impulses in control considering that he is being talked of as being worthy of playing for India. I feel that the Mumbai Indians are mostly alone in such behaviour. I mean of celebrating in an opposition threatening manner all the time. It surprises me that the presence of Tendulkar is not having any effect on the team. They should see the composure of champions like Rahul Dravid,Chris Gayle and others in the IPL itself to see what cultured celebrations are all about.Rayadu hails from Telangana from where we have seen very introverted and cultured people. I wonder if he understands that.

Posted by sadha1972 on (May 15, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

mumbai are a disgrace to the ipl.why have a fair play award?the bcci has done nothing to curb the bad behaviour of players,in fact they reward players like kohli .i am an indian from south africa and i have more patriotism and pride for india and what it stands for than their own countryman.disgraceful behaviour from munaf,kohli,rayudu and others as put me off indian should look at players like rahane,raina,dravid who are humble and play the game with dignity and humility.

Posted by baranasai on (May 15, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

it is not aceeptable to behave in such a way even if some body provocates you .Look what happened to david Beckham in world cup-he only reacted to other player when the other player upset him -but it is lack of sportsman ship-he was sent off which caused the England their match. Moral of the story -do your duty on the field - play with disipline duty dignity and all fairness with good talent rather than resoriting to behaving in a disgraceful way.Again have the players learned any thing from the incidences involving 3 Pak players who were punished recently.So far if no Indian is punished in that way -take it as as lesson and apply in future.Other wise Cricket will be a spoiled sport.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 15, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

oh for goodness sake take a cue from the Rajasthan Royals guys, why can't you play the game fair and with respect, guys like rayudu munaf rohit and bhajji are all disgrace to the game played by people like Dravid, should ban you guys forever!!

Posted by milindmore22 on (May 15, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

You should see celebration of Harshal Patel after getting wicket of Raydu in match no. 54 MI Vs RCB in Mumbai maybe that's why raydu lost his nerves

Posted by princepoddar007 on (May 15, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Guys .. many many cricketers after losing / winning / taking wkt / scoring boundaries etc. (or whnever they are excited) abuse a lot many times and not necessarily everything is captured on camera. You should be allowed to express urself as long as it does not get physical. Its an individual thing .. Sachin never abuses .. so wat .. he doesn't like to. but if Munaf likes to abuse, let him.. how does it hurt the spirit of cricket, i never got that!!!

Posted by tashan329 on (May 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

That happens to the youngsters when they have player with so much attitude sharing dressing room with them.......i m not talking about bhajji.........i m talking about sachin.........:)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (May 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Shame on you Ambati Rayudu. I am one of your most vocal supporters after your spat with Arjun Yadav. I prayed that you somehow get a fair chance to represent India. But after this incident, I shall look forward for your failures. A sportsperson who hurls such personal abuse against his opponents is not even a worthy sportsperson let alone being a worthy opponent. You are a disgrace to this great game to which Rahul Dravid is a proud Ambassador. I'm ashamed that I even thought of you as one of my most favourite Indian cricketers until this incident.

Posted by wealwayswin on (May 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Everyone is saying that mumbai shld be banned so they can win other matches.

Posted by wealwayswin on (May 15, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

When sachin got out kohli was pumped but at de end, rayudu was pumped.

Posted by Cris_Lee on (May 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Mumbai is lead by Bajji, who is more popular for this obnoxious behaviour and abusive language. Hope Rayudu is not influenced by him and spoils his career.

Posted by wealwayswin on (May 15, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

We mumbai indians re fighters, we fight till de end. We show aggression in de game as well as to de opposition. Gr8 guys keep it up

Posted by wealwayswin on (May 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

We mumbai indians re fighters, we fight till de end. We show aggression in de game as well as to de opposition. Gr8 guys keep it up

Posted by schumanth007 on (May 15, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

MI players are behaving very badly this IPL. One reason can be their captain Harbhajan Singh. Munaf Patel, Pollard , Rayudu, almost everyone are just focused on their obscene celebrations than playing good quality cricket. They should be fined more, I would say banning for a few games is better option. Rajasthan are most well behaved side till now. Great work by Rahul Dravid and the other players of the team..

Posted by Bruisers on (May 15, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

@DEV_MCT - I think you are a KKR supporter and that's why you are asking for points reduction. LOL.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 15, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Rayadu was acting like a lil sissy girl who just got a new doll. I think Munaf and Rayudu are the next top contenders for getting slapped by Bhajji this time for behaving like that.

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 15, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

Patel never had any involvement.. May be Rayudu can celebrate his extraordinary innings but not hurling at the opponents.. Have seen such behaviours in international matches too.. It always happens in cricket.. Provokers who caused the issue get same or even less punishment than the poor guys who react to the provocation..

Posted by Rahul_78 on (May 15, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Munaf's behavior has been a disgraceful for a player who has represented his country in International cricket and playing alongside and against youngsters and 1st class cricketers who look up to the senior pros. Captain is the person who is responsible for the XI playing on the field and Harbhajan has joined the bandwagon instead of raining in loose canons like Munaf on few instance. Kudos to Rahul Dravid for leading a bunch full of youngsters with grace and so much dignity.

Posted by DEV_ME on (May 15, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Mumbai Indians, on merit of their behaviour in the IPL 2012, need to be docked a whole match ... not money. Reduce 2 points from their points tally.

Posted by msankar on (May 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Some MI players are thinking that... they are the heros , best players and match winners after performing in one match (that also from non-sese 20-20 format). But, the reality is, they are the ZEROs in the cricket if they are not behaving well in the field. Those stupids should learn something from the senior players like Sachin & Gibbs

Posted by shrikm on (May 15, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

no matter you score 80 runs in 30 balls.. if u cannot respect your opponent you are nothing of a sportsperson.

Posted by Nandika on (May 15, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

MI players behaviors like school cricket team.IN here most important thing is captain.harbajan has not got a good beahaior beacuse of that other playes do the same.i think team captain should be polite then others do same.Look how sachin behave and sanga and vetori.that why these players are true gentlemen.....sachin should advice to current silly captain MI like as coach.............

Posted by SouthPaw on (May 15, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

@maddyjagadish: The team's "behavior" totally follows that of the captain. Look at Rajasthan - where it is and then look at Mumbai! So, now you know the reason!

Posted by Ashly007 on (May 15, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Gr8 victory to bring down the attitude of RCB... Mumbai Indians deserve such an celebration...<3 <3 <3

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (May 15, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

People are watching the IPL with Friends & Family.....I m always seeing players using abusive language after taking a wckt.....Generally our indian players using a lot....Why BCCI is not taking stern action agnst them ??? It brings down the repo of IPL and Indian Cricket.

Posted by KKK_ on (May 15, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

There might be some history for this to happen; it sounds weird otherwise for not so noisy players rayudu and harsall to get into this sort of things; Irony is, Kohli (and Bhajji) trying to pacify things :)

Posted by Huss_Sac on (May 15, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

If Ambati Rayudu fomented the altercation, then there is no point in docking money from Patel's fee...It looks really ugly in television to see players using abusing languages....Seniors should calm them down..

Posted by maddyjagadish on (May 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Mumbai indians is one of the best side talentwise, but the worst side in attitude and behaviour ... it's sad that this team has the greatest cricketer ever walked on earth ...

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