What’s the story?
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has been fined 50% of his match fee for showing dissent at the decision of the umpire during his side’s game against the Rising Pune Supergiant on Monday.
On being dismissed caught and bowled by Jaydev Unadkat in the final over the innings, the 30-year-old lost control of his emotions on his way back, arguing with the umpire over a contentious wide-call that was ruled against his side, a ball before he fell for a well-made 58.
Post the game, the right-hander admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.1.5 of the IPL Code of Conduct and was deducted half his match fee. He is the fist player to be fined this season.
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When the final over the innings began, the two-time champions needed 17 runs to win and then courtesy a six from Rohit, brought the target down to 11 from 4 balls when the third delivery from Unadkat not being called wide after the batsman felt it be going well well past the line and let it go.
Off the following delivery, the skipper was out and he was not one bit happy over the call made in the previous ball. Mitchell McCleneghan was then run-out of the next ball, leaving Harbhajan Singh with all to do and even though he smashed a six off the last ball, the hosts fell short by 2 runs.
The heart of the matter
This is not the first time the Rohit has been under fire for his on-field activities. During yet another home game, this time against the Kolkata Knight Riders, he was caught guilty for once again showing dissent to an umpire’s decision after the adjudicator had ruled him out lbw. Replays indicated that an inside-edge, but the umpire gave the batsman out the real time.
He was reprimanded for his behaviour on that occasion.
The 30-year-old must be careful in not repeating the mistake as the next step that he may face is a suspension for a game or two which would be a huge blow for the side. In the past, he has not been suspended from any game and hopefully he will not suffer that fate in this season.
While in an IPL game, emotions can run right, a player as experienced as Rohit should have kept them under check and not openly displayed it. The right-hander is the captain of his side and such a behaviour puts him in poor light in front of others.