Shane Watson lends support to MS Dhoni on no-ball controversy

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The controversy surrounding MS Dhoni’s outburst in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) tie is refusing to die down. While some like Michael Vaughan and Virender Sehwag have called for strict action against Dhoni, others have tried to play down the incident. But the controversy hasn’t affected CSK as they recorded their 7th win in the 8 matches when they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens by 5 wickets. After the match, CSK opener Shane Watson was asked to provide his view on the no-ball controversy against RR.

In a tense run-chase, CSK needed 8 runs from 3 balls. Ben Stokes bowled an uppish full toss to Mitchell Santner which was initially deemed a no-ball by umpire Ulhas Gandhe. But, the square-leg umpire Oxenford signalled to Gandhe that the ball was not waist-high and overruled the original decision. In the midst of the confusion, a furious Dhoni came rushing to the field from the CSK dugout and argued with the on-field umpires about the decision. Ultimately Oxenford’s decision was upheld and it was deemed as a legal delivery.

“To me, it shows how much CSK means to him. What it means to be able to play well and win and be consistent,” the Watson was quoted as saying to the media.

“He has been in all different situations and knows how to handle them. He knows how to get the best out of the players on and off the field.”

Dhoni was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for the outburst.


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