I don’t want to be fined: MS Dhoni takes dig at umpiring howlers during Afghanistan tie

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 | 0

Umpiring howlers during the Asia Cup dead rubber between India and Afghanistan on Tuesday didn’t go unnoticed as Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a dig at the officials in his very own subtle way.

“There were a couple of run-outs, and a few things we can’t talk about because I don’t want to get fined for it,” Dhoni said during post-match presser, referring to the rule of being penalised for showing dissent towards officials.

Earlier, Dinesh Karthik (44 off 66 balls) was looking in fine touch during India’s chase of 253 runs. His innings, however, was cut short due to an erroneous lbw judgment given by Anisur Rahaman off off-spinner Mohammad Nabi.

Replays clearly showed the ball would have gone on to miss the stumps. Karthik, however, didn’t have the option of going upstairs as their only review was wasted by opener KL Rahul a few overs back.

To make things worse for India, Dhoni (8 off 17 balls), who was standing in as the captain after almost two years, was also adjudged lbw off Javed Ahmadi by umpire Gregory Brathwaite. A perplexed Dhoni stood there for a while before heading back.

As was the case with Karthik, the replays confirmed the ball would have spun not only past the sticks, but also well over them.

As fate had it, the contest – characteristically a dead rubber – ended in a tie. It was Afghanistan’s final league fixture, with India already into the final.

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