IPL 2020: MS Dhoni slammed on social media after CSK captain fumes at umpire Paul Reiffel in Dubai

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Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni was criticised on social media for a controversial step where he seemed to intimidate umpire Paul Reiffel for giving a ‘wide’ delivery

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni. (Courtesy of BCCI)

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Shardul Thakur was bowling to Rashid Khan with 24 runs needed off 11 balls when the incident happenedThakur bowled a wide ball that was past the tramline, and it looked like Paul Reiffel was about to give it a ‘wide’Dhoni then in frustration put his arms out and glared at the umpire and Reiffel seemed to go back on his decision

Soon after Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in Dubai on Tuesday, the social media space was up in arms at an incident that happened 11 balls earlier.

CSK bowler Shardul Thakur was bowling to SRH’s Rashid Khan with 24 runs required off 11 balls for the SRH to win.

He had just bowled a full ball that was floating away from the batsman, and it was just past the tramline and umpire Paul Reiffel declared it a ‘wide’.

The following ball was similar. This time again, the Australian umpire seemed to be stretching his arms out to declare another wide, but he looked towards CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who in frustration put his arms out and glared at the umpire.

The next moment, Paul Reiffel’s arms were pulled back, and the delivery was declared to be legal.

David Warner reacted angrily to umpire's call

There was a little bit of confusion in the moments after but the game went on, with CSK getting their much-needed victory. The television cameras caught Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner react angrily to the umpire’s call.

Eventually, SRH finished at 147/8 in their 20 overs and CSK emerged winners by 20 runs.

But cricket fans and former players have expressed their disappointment at what transpired in that over. Some fans even went as far as saying that MS Dhoni bullied the umpire.

‘So called legend bullying umpire like always. Ban this franchise forever imo doesn't deserve to play at all’, was a reaction by a fan on Twitter.

‘That was not cricket from MS Dhoni, you can't put pressure on the umpire like that and also umpire should have gone with his decision. Dhoni is not bigger than the game of cricket. Last yr he came from outside to force the umpire to give it no ball, now forced to not give it a wide’, was the angry reaction of another fan.

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