Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, reached the final after defeating Gujarat Titans by 15 runs in the IPL 2023 qualifiers. In this match, the Gujarat team lost the match while chasing the goal. At one point, as the match was heading for an exciting turn, Dhoni gave the 16th of the inning to Sri Lanka’s Mathisha Pathirana. But the field referees objected because he was off the ground for some time. Being such a senior player, Dhoni must have known the rules, but he argued with the umpires only to waste time and spoil the momentum of the set batsmen. This matter was also discussed a lot on social media.
Now, former Australian referee Darryl Harper of the ICC Elite Panel has given his statement on the matter. Harper accused Dhoni of not upholding the spirit of the game. News of his statement is coming out in various reports. He clearly stated that Dhoni showed absolutely no respect for the referee’s decision and sportsmanship. He had many options, but his motive was to waste time, so he did it. This is the only conclusion I can draw from this unfortunate incident. Many fines have been handed out this IPL season but no action has been taken against Dhoni at present.
Some people are above the law…
Darryl Harper didn’t stop here, he made another big statement after this. Harper, 71, further said that some people are above the law. It’s pretty unfortunate to see people do anything to win. Some players get more important status than sportsmanship. This statement from the former Australian referee is going viral like wildfire on social media. However, there is still no response from Dhoni or CSK team management on this issue.
MS Dhoni led CSK defeated the Gujarat Titans by 15 runs in Qualifier 1. This match was held at Chepauk in which Chennai won the direct final ticket. Previously, CSK’s performance in the league stage was also good. After winning 8 of 14 games and losing five and one game unfinished, the team finished second in the points table with 17 points. Last season, the Chennai team finished 9th in the points table but this time Dhoni once again took the lead and led the team to the playoffs for a record 12th time and the team reached the finals for a record 10th time.