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May 16, 2015

Should Dhoni have been fined for his 'horrible' comment?

Yes It is inappropriate to make a negative public comment on an umpire's decision, as it sets a bad example and is a clear breach of the Code of Conduct.

No The Smith lbw decision was clearly a howler in an important game. Players should be allowed to express their displeasure.


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Posted by churumuri on (May 21, 2015, 4:19 GMT)

Okay, that was a bad decision. Agreed. Dhoni wouldn't have said that had CSK won the match. After so many years of International Cricket I wonder how Dhoni forgot this simple fact that these kind of bad umpiring decisions are bound to happen in Cricket. Just because you lost the match you can't give such a comment/opinion. The other day there were many comment about professionalism when Kohli had a chat with Anushka Sharma. Now what sort of Professionalism is this????

May 28, 2015, 12:24 GMT


Dhoni should accept the umpire's decision, as a senior player and a captain of an international team he should respect the umpires more. How many times didn't he and the Indian team also CSK not benefitted from incorrect decision. Such a disappointment that coming from him.

May 21, 2015, 20:54 GMT


Umpires are not above the law. There is a lot at stake, and pride comes far above the monies involved. Howlers, need to be addressed and commented upon. Sour grapes - well there will always be an element of that. However, there were the other batters who had the chance to show their prowess once again and they did not. CSK is not a one man band. Credit to Malinga for continuing to make in roads along with Bhaji.

May 21, 2015, 7:35 GMT


absolutely correct!!! Cricketers should agree to play ON FIELD agreeing to laws governing the game on the given day and leave for their boards to discuss/criticize rules and facilities. Good umpires can not be 'produced' so we live with whatever we have using the best of available and secondly its Dhoni and BCCI who are opposed to using technology to help support field umpires. why doesn't he call it 'horrible' when Rohit gets a NOT OUT in WC crucial game???

May 21, 2015, 4:25 GMT


MSD should have been definitely fined, just to start to correct attitude of players of complaining about everything. Umpires are human too, they too can err & I am a firm believer that they too should be dropped from panel on consistent poor performances but MSD should realise that he's not only CSK captain but also has been captain of national team and such attitude does not befit somebody of his nature. I would like to quote an incident from 2003 WC when AUS beat Kenya in a game but Asif Karim was awarded "Man of the Match". Ricky Ponting started to create a scene during presentation ceremony as he felt it should be someone from winning team Only, when he was corrected by AUS Manager and told that people from losing team can also be awarded. Incidents may be different but what respect Ponting had left in front of all after all these complaints & tantrums. So, If a captain is setting wrong trend team would soon follow and loose respect irrespective of performances.

May 26, 2015, 7:24 GMT


Showing displeasure to the umpire decision after match in post match presentation should be OK. MSD was just expressing his self. If it is not allowed than the post match questions should be stopped. Any player will be high on emotions immediately after match.

May 25, 2015, 14:57 GMT


Umpiring has been very poor and inevitably in favour of MI except for one LBW decision that went the other way. You are killing the IPL with bad umpiring. I do not see any valid reason why Dhoni can not comment on bad umpiring when he has bene at the receiving end. Anyone should be allowed to comment

May 22, 2015, 7:57 GMT


It is clear that the BCCI do not believe in democracy and majority rule or they would have the DRS in and these situations could be resolved on the pitch immediately as they do in the rest of the world. DRS may have some imperfections but it is far better than no DRS. I have no sympathy for any Indian cricketer who feels hard done by from a poor decision made by an umpire. Make the game democratic, vote out the BCCI dinosaurs and put in people who have played the game at the highest level. Technology is here to stay - get used to it. It can only get better over time. Dhoni is perhaps right to declare that the decision was "horrible" - if more people stand up and make remarks like that, perhaps the BCCI might consider removing the underlying cause.

May 21, 2015, 6:00 GMT


If he expressed the same at the moment his player got out, than perhaps he can be fined. But it didn't happened. Certainly he would have pointed this on a winning note too, But if that happened his comment will not be termed horrible but the umpires decision remains the same as before. Because Horrible is always Horrible.

May 21, 2015, 5:30 GMT


No.It is an overreaction on part of BCCI to fine Dhoni. Fines should be levied on players only who show dissent to umpire's decision in the field, not during presentation ceremony!