Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is fined 50% of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire’s decision during Mumbai’s game against the Rising Pune Supergiant on Monday.
On being dismissed caught and bowled by Jaydev Unadkat in the final over the innings, Sharma lost control of his emotions, arguing with the umpire over a contentious wide-call ruled against his side.
Post the match, which the hosts lost at their fortress, the 30-year old admitted to Level 1 offence 2.1.5 of the IPL Code of Conduct and was deducted half his match fee. He is the first player to be fined this season.
Mumbai Indians needed 17 runs to win from the final over, and then courtesy a six from Rohit, it came down to 11 from 4 balls when the third delivery from Unadkat not being called wide after the batsman felt it be going well past the line and let it go.
This is not the first time the Rohit has been reprimanded. Against the Kolkata Knight Riders at home, 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.
It is natural for emotions to run high in such volatile games which go down to the wire. But it goes against the rules of the gentlemen’s game and thus a fine is the correct measure taken by the match referee. Rohit Sharma is the captain of his side, who led the team to two IPL titles and 1 Champions league title, and such a behaviour puts him in poor light in front of others.
If Rohit is reprimanded or fined for the third time, he may have to face the danger of suspension from a game or two.