The Controversial Incident
Reports suggest that Dhoni’s delay in the match, coupled with his previous breach of the code of conduct this season, may lead to his absence from the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Let’s delve into the details of this incident and its potential implications.
During the thrilling run-chase by the Gujarat Titans in the Qualifier 1, a four-minute delay ensued due to an argument between MS Dhoni and the on-field umpires.
The incident unfolded during the 16th over, when the fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana, who had taken a nine-minute break from the play to address a niggle, returned to the field.
According to IPL rules, if a player leaves the field for more than eight minutes, they must be on the field for an equivalent duration before resuming their overs. However, Pathirana was allowed to bowl immediately upon his return, which led to the objection by the umpires.
Dhoni’s Argument and Warning
MS Dhoni engaged in a nearly five-minute argument with the umpires, questioning their decision to allow Pathirana to bowl without fulfilling the stipulated time requirement.
It is worth noting that CSK had previously been warned about their slow over-rate, and Dhoni was cautioned that his team could face penalties for this offense.
The argument and subsequent delay in the match have raised concerns regarding Dhoni’s participation in the IPL 2023 final. If the allegations against Dhoni are substantiated, he may face a one-match ban, resulting in his absence from the final.
This potential setback would cast a shadow on Dhoni’s fairytale ending in the IPL, where he has been an iconic figure and instrumental in CSK’s success over the years.
Losing their charismatic leader and experienced wicket-keeper batsman could significantly impact CSK’s chances of clinching the IPL 2023 title.
CSK’s Journey and Qualifier 1 Victory
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Dhoni’s availability, CSK managed to secure a convincing victory in the Qualifier 1, advancing to the final.
The team’s exceptional performance throughout the tournament has seen them emerge as strong contenders for the title. With a formidable lineup and talented players, CSK has shown their ability to thrive under pressure.
The incident, marked by Dhoni’s argument with the umpires and a subsequent delay, has raised concerns about his participation in the final. While CSK’s victory in the Qualifier 1 highlights their strength as a team, the absence of their charismatic captain would undoubtedly impact their chances.