Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma has been reprimanded by the match referee for showing excessive, obvious disappointment with an umpire’s decision during his team’s contest against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhede Stadium. In the Match 7 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, MI were chasing a challenging target 179. After starting on a solid note, the hosts faltering against the wily KKR spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine. It was on the 5th delivery of 9th over from Narine, that the West Indies spinner trapped MI skipper leg-before for just 2 runs from 5 deliveries. IPL 2017: Pollard lashes out at Sanjay Manjrekar
Narine bowled an off-break, that turned back in to the right-handed Rohit. Cramped for room, Rohit hurriedly brought his back down and in the process got an inside edge smashing the ball into his pads. Narine and wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa went up instantly, the umpire didn’t see the inside edge and was quick to raise his finger up. Rohit, showed his discontent immediately and mouthed some words to the umpire before walking back. He even showed his bat to the umpire indicating that he had edged it before hitting the pads. But as there is no DRS available in Twenty20 cricket, Rohit had to walk back fuming.
According to a statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rohit admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.1.5 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials. For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding. MI did go on to win the game which went down the wire thanks to Nitish Rana’s blitz of 29 ball 50 and some big hitting from Hardik Pandya who remained unbeaten on 29 off just 11 deliveries.
This is not the first time that in IPL 2017 that Rohit has been given wrongly out. In MI’s first match against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS)