Virender Sehwag: M. S. Dhoni should have been punished for a few games

The former India opener feels a fitting punishment for his outburst on umpire Ulhas Gandhe would have set the right precedent.

M. S. Dhoni argues with the umpires on Thursday. Photo: Sportzpics/BCCI

M. S. Dhoni was let off easily for his outburst on umpire Ulhas Gandhe and should have been “banned for two [or] three games,” according to Virender Sehwag, the former India opener.

Dhoni was docked only 50 percent of his match fee for entering the field of play to confront the umpire for backtracking on a no-ball, in the IPL contest on Thursday between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

“I feel Dhoni was let off easy and should have been banned for at least two [or] three games. Because if he did this, tomorrow another captain can do the same. Then what is the value of an umpire?” Sehwag, known for his straight talk, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

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Sehwag felt a fitting punishment would have set the right precedent. “I feel he should have been banned for a few games by IPL to set an example. He should have stayed outside and instead have talked to the fourth umpire with the walkie-talkie,” Sehwag said.

“I feel he shouldn’t have come to the ground when there are two [Super Kings] members already and they were equally inquisitive regarding the no-ball,” he opined.

Sehwag had never seen Dhoni so agitated when he led India. “Had he done this for the Indian team, I would have been happy. I have never seen him so angry during his captaincy days for the Indian team. So I feel he became a little too emotional for the Chennai team,” Sehwag said.