The rivalry between two players in the Indian domestic circuit came to the fore at the IPL stage here on Sunday, with Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Nitish Rana and Mumbai Indians’ Hrithik Shokeen engaging in a war of words in the first innings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Rana was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct, while Shokeen was also fined 10 per cent of his match fee.
Rana admitted to the Level 1 Offence under Article 2.21 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. Shokeen admitted to the Level 1 Offence under Article 2.5 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct.
For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding.
The incident happened in the ninth over of their match when the Indians’ bowler gave an earful to Rana after dismissing the KKR captain, who stopped in his tracks to turn around and hurl some words back at the bowler.
Shokeen had Rana caught at long-on by substitute fielder Ramandeep Singh and immediately looked in the direction of the batter to say a few words. But as Rana turned back to respond to the young player’s charge at him, Mumbai’s stand-in skipper Suryakumar Yadav and the senior most player in the game, Piyush Chawla, stepped in to diffuse the tension.
It must be noted that both Rana and Shokeen are teammates in the Delhi side in domestic cricket, but they are not on talking terms even in the dressing room. The flare-up that happened on Sunday afternoon was not a one-off since these two players have had a history between them.
If Rana had an ordinary game with the bat, falling for five off 10 balls, Shokeen was a busy player on Sunday as after taking a sharp catch to dismiss the struggling N Jagadeesan early on off Cameron Green at the cover point he returned with 4-0-39-2 while also accounting for KKR all-rounder Shardul Thakur.
(with inputs from Team Sportstar)
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