Be it a nail-biting last over of a match or a time when he has to walk down the 22 yards to guide his team home, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has mastered the art of keeping himself cool in the extreme pressure situations. Hailed as the ‘Captain Cool’ in cricket, Mahi’s incredible ability to make decisions with ease has seen him lift all the three prestigious ICC trophies.
However, when his team Chennai Super Kings locked horns with the Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing IPL, we got to see a whole new side of the Indian skipper.
The match turned out to be crackerjack of a contest with CSK needing 18 runs off the last over. MS Dhoni who was present on the crease himself was sent packing by Ben Stokes in the third ball of the over. The fourth delivery, however, was bowled to Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner and was signaled a no-ball by umpire Ulhas Gandhe.
Quite dramatically, the decision was reversed after Gandhe consulted square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford over the decision. leaving people in shock, a furious Dhoni, who was seated in the dugout, crossed the boundary rope and confronted the umpires asking them the reason behind the change of decision.
Though the umpires stuck to their decision a clip verified that it was actually an over-height no-ball!
However, Twitter saw something they had never seen before. Here are the reactions!
Gavaskar had once walked out. Dhoni has now walked in.
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) April 11, 2019
Umpire decision is final, whether it's right or wrong. No player has the right to question him. Be it dhoni or sachin or virat.! Dhoni is a player. Not bigger than the game.! He was behaving like a school kid by coming in the ground. Totally unacceptable #RRvCSK #IPLT20 #RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/HeMdSX3bKV
— Abhishek Agarwal (@Abhishek_0055) April 11, 2019
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 11, 2019
I don't see why Dhoni is being fined for stepping on to the field.
He is a Lieutenant Colonel in our Territorial Army. He is trained to cross the boundary.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 12, 2019
— Vijayalakshmi A (@vgyalakshmi) April 11, 2019
Dhoni had to step in when umpire made a mistake. Nothing wrong in that. That's what senior umpires do. #RRvCSK
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 11, 2019
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 11, 2019
When Dhoni entered in ground middle of the match 👇
Rajsthan players to umpire:- bhag bhag sher aaya sher aaya 😂😂 👇 pic.twitter.com/TXxbuvW4SV
— prem yadav (@premyad64602116) April 11, 2019
Save this video clip for ages to come, cuz after the discovery of black hole this week, this is an another rarest of rare picture in the history of mankind- "THE ANGRY DHONI"!!!#RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/mEIi65jAVb
— Shashank Sneham 🇮🇳 (@shashank_sneham) April 11, 2019
— MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) April 11, 2019
Over his entire career when has anything made MSD react this way. People should really think about it, instead of telling he shouldn't have done that! He only did it because the situation demanded and there must be someone to raise their voice.
— Kirantéja Manne (@kirantejamanne) April 11, 2019
This is not a good look for the game … No place at all for a Captain to storm onto the pitch from the Dugout … !! #IPL
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 11, 2019
Umpiring standards have been pretty low in this #IPL and that was a no-ball given and reversed. Enough to feel crossed and miffed. But the opposition captain has no right to walk out on the pitch after being dismissed. Dhoni set a wrong precedent tonight. #RRvCSK #IPL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 11, 2019
There were some who predicted what would have happened if it was Virat Kohli instead.
Imagine if Kohli did what Dhoni just did there. There would have been calls for Kohli to step down even as the NT captain not even exaggerating.
— Tushar (@Tushaar_Lfc) April 11, 2019
If Virat had done this, people would have been talking more about the controversy rather than the result. This is Dhoni and people will brush it under the carpet..
— Harisankar (@harish_staycalm) April 11, 2019
The 37-year-old was fined 50% of his match fee.
After all, he is human like all of us!