Rohit Sharma has been fined 50% of his match fees for showing dissent at umpire’s decision of not calling a wide ball in the final over of the Mumbai Indians innings during their 3 run defeat to Rising Pune Supergiant at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday. This is Rohit's second fine of the season.
The incident occurred during the final over of Mumbai Indians’ innings against Rising Pune Supergiant, with the hosts still needing 17 runs in their quest for the required 161. Ben Stokes took a blinder of a catch off Jaydev Unadakat’s bowling on the first ball and Rohit smashed the second ball over long- off for six. On the third ball, Rohit moved across his stumps and seeing his movement Unadkat pushed the ball wide. Upon realizing the that the ball was wide, Rohit left it and expected the ball to be called ‘wide’ by umpire S. Ravi.
However, the Mumbai skipper was furious when the decision was not given in his favor by Ravi and Sharma subsequently walked down the pitch to have a heated exchange with Ravi, even as square leg umpire Nandan intervened between the duo.
And as luck would have, Sharma was dismissed off the very next ball after he skied his shot miles high and was caught and bowled by Unadkat. Mumbai went on to lose the game by 3 runs, as Pune completed a double over them this season.
Rahane was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying, "I think it was the right call. Because, as a batsman when you move [across the stumps], that area outside [the off stump] goes to the bowler.”
Meanwhile, Harbhajan said, "I don't really know if it was actually a wide ball or not. I feel if both the legs of the batsmen move across the stumps, then the bowler should get the [benefit of the] margin. But, if you see, only one leg of the batsman went across, so I feel it should have been a wide. But, in the end, whatever is the umpire's decision we have to move on with it."
But at the end of it all, Sharma was fined 50% of his match fees for his reaction by the match referee, as reported by The Hindu.
And an IPL release confirmed the news saying, “
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