IPL 2022 – 3 MOST CONTROVERSIAL moments of Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Cricket is known as the gentlemen’s game, and players like MS Dhoni have demonstrated why. MS Dhoni is an absolute legend in the cricketing world, and every cricketer on the planet holds him in high regard. His impact on the game has been enormous. The wicketkeeper-batter has left a lasting impression.
MSD has excelled in the IPL as both a hitter and a skipper. He was the most expensive player in the first IPL auction, which was won by the Chennai Super Kings, and the rest is history. MS Dhoni, affectionately known as “Thala” by CSK fans, has served as the franchise’s poster boy.
Despite having a great deal of respect in both world cricket and the IPL, Dhoni’s name has been entangled in some severe scandals, and in this article, we are going to throw light on three of the most controversial ones.
Number 3. Post Match comments about Dwayne Smith’s dismissal (IPL 2015)
In 2015, MS Dhoni was spotted losing his cool while expressing his dissatisfaction with an umpire’s decision. The Chennai Super Kings faced the Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier of the IPL 2015, as the two teams finished first and second in the points table. CSK was defeated by Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium by a score of 25 runs.
Dwayne Smith was ruled out LBW by the umpire off Lasith Malinga’s bowling in the opening over of CSK’s innings. Replays revealed that the ball would have sailed down the leg side by a wide margin. At the post-match presentation ceremony, MS Dhoni observed, “We lost the momentum in the middle, and not to forget Smith got a poor decision.”
MS was determined to be in violation of the code of conduct for players and team officials, as stated in Article 2.1.7. Dhoni accepted the sentence after admitting to the Level 1 infraction. He was penalised 10% of his match fee for making inappropriate public comments against an umpire’s judgment. This may not have been as controversial as the media made it look, but it was uncharacteristic for Dhoni to lash out like this.
Number 2. Youngsters lacking spark controversy (IPL 2020)
CSK did not qualify for the playoffs for the first and only time in IPL history. The team’s record was dismal, and many expected that 2020 would be MS Dhoni’s final IPL season, however, that did not happen. CSK made a comeback in 2021, and they did it with style. They won the IPL for the fourth time after overcoming their biggest rivals, the Mumbai Indians, in the final.
After CSK’s consecutive failures in 2020, Dhoni couldn’t help but declare, “You don’t want to chop and change.” You didn’t want insecurity to reign supreme in the locker room. True, we weren’t really present this season. We didn’t see a spark in the youth to push the guys. But this result has given those young players an opportunity to compete in the rest of the tournament.”
He tried to say something different, but the media interpreted his statements differently since they related the comments with Ruturaj Gaikwad. However, Gaikwad went on to become the most important cause for CSK winning the title in 2021, as the youthful batter earned the Orange Cap IPL 2021 for scoring 636 runs in 16 matches.
Number 1. Alleged involvement in the IPL Spot Fixing Scandal
The involvement of Chennai Super Kings players and owners in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal sparked a major media frenzy in India. MS Dhoni’s name was even mentioned. In 2013, the cricketer was accused of fixing certain matches and of having ties with a bookie.
SP Kumar was selected as the case’s investigator, and during his inquiry, he discovered that a bookie named Kitty confessed to him that CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan had chats with him about manipulating several games for payment.
The case made headlines at the time, and Meiyappan was declared guilty and banned for life by the BCCI for his involvement in betting. The Justice Lodha Committee suspended the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL for two years in July 2015, following repeated sessions in the Supreme Court.