Dhoni reprimanded for Level 1 offence

Rising Pune Supergiant wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was reprimanded by the match referee for conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gestures for DRS after the umpire turns down Rising Pune Supergiant's appeal for Kieron Pollard's wicket.   -  Screenshot from IPLt20.com

Rising Pune Supergiant wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was reprimanded by the match referee for conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

There aren't details about Dhoni's offence. But the match referee, Manu Nayyar, might have been irked by Dhoni's DRS gesture when an appeal against Mumbai Indians' Kieron Piollard was turned down by the on-field umpire.

Imran Tahir, bowling to Pollard in the second ball of the 15th over, appealed for lbw. Umpire S. Ravi turned it down. Dhoni, in jest, signalled DRS, even evoking a chuckle from TV commentator L. Sivaramakrishnan. The replays and hawkeye indicated the ball striking the pad first and going on to hit the stumps.

According to a statement issued by BCCI, Dhoni admitted to the Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.1) for conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game. In case of Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the match referee’s decision is final and binding, it said.