Mumbai v CSK, Qualifier 1, Mumbai May 20, 2015

MS Dhoni fined for 'horrible' comment

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MS Dhoni made a golden duck in the Qualifier against Mumbai, and was then fined for criticising an umpiring decision © BCCI

MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, has been fined 10% of his match fee for making an inappropriate public comment with respect to an umpire's decision.

Dhoni had called umpire Richard Illingworth's decision to give Dwayne Smith lbw "horrible" during the post-match presentation, after Chennai Super Kings lost the Qualifier to Mumbai Indians by 25 runs at Wankhede Stadium.

"I felt we lost too many in the middle," Dhoni had said when asked about Super Kings' performance. "Not to forget Dwayne Smith got a horrible decision by any standards, but overall I think we need to blame ourselves, we were not up to the mark."

Smith was adjudged lbw to a full toss from Lasith Malinga in the first over of the Super Kings chase, but replays indicated the ball was missing leg stump by a substantial margin. Dhoni admitted the level 1 offence and accepted the sanction, the IPL said in a release.

Super Kings will travel to Ranchi to play the second Qualifier on Friday. They will play the winner of the Eliminator between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore for a berth in the IPL 2015 final, against Mumbai.

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  • Jay on May 23, 2015, 19:24 GMT

    1. Cricinfo, please don't use misleading headlines just to garner views. 2. What is wrong with calling it a horrible decision? If the umpire can get away with that decision why can't Dhoni get away with calling it a horrible decision?

  • MS on May 23, 2015, 4:50 GMT

    Even though he made such comments on field, the CSK team still at Number 1 in the fair play award which is strange.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2015, 17:56 GMT

    I think this ambiguously titled article is 'horribly' misleading.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2015, 11:29 GMT

    He is himself batting horrible...

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2015, 7:29 GMT

    What's the point of these interviews except to utter sound bites & platitudes? Players get forced to do these interviews but as soon as they stray from the prepared script they get penalised. Maybe he should have said it was a wonderful decision and everyone was overjoyed.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2015, 7:13 GMT

    Its horrible to fine someone on using the word ''horrible''... its ridiculous. Captains do use other words like wrong decision/poor decision previously. What is wrong with "horrible"? ICC should issue guidelines on word which are to be avoided in post/pre match presentation.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2015, 2:01 GMT

    Fine for saying "horrible" !!! .. fine.. but what is the action on bad umpiring??

  • Vijay on May 22, 2015, 1:16 GMT

    Playing others home ground one two bad decisions one two run outs from here and there. The home team wins by picking one two players for team India. Its easy.. So anger of blast must come when you lost.

  • Vijay on May 22, 2015, 1:12 GMT

    There is nothing wrong to raised your voice against bad umpiring. but why this time??? Dhoni is not making runs clearly straggling over last two years. Team also not doing well. So we can see now Mr. Cool loosing his temper by saying stupid comments these days. This is not the same Dhoni as we know. His graph is dying with every match. Poor but have to accepts their mistakes rather than blaming someone. ..Its poor by Dhoni

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2015, 0:44 GMT

    so it goes but the human element of the game needs to be maintained

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