MS Dhoni's dismissal in the penultimate over during India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final defeat to New Zealand has emerged as one of the biggest talking points after fans shared video proof, claiming that the legendary cricketer was run-out on a no-ball.
First thing first. In the final 10 overs (41–50) a maximum of five fielders are allowed to field outside the 30-yard circle. But, before the ball was delivered, as shown in the video which is doing the rounds, six players were outside the ring. And the umpire should have called it a no-ball, or even a dead ball.
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Watch it here:
Hey @ICC the ball on which #Dhoni was given run out should be a #deadball or a no ball... because 6 players were outside the 30 yard circle and how can the umpire be such careless..ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ pic.twitter.com/2gMSDvkaxc— Harpalsinh Rajput (@Harpals97639592) July 10, 2019
The second point. Dhoni was run-out on a no-ball, and there was nothing anybody can do about it.
But had the umpires called it a no-ball, as one fan tweeted, "Dhoni wouldn't run and get the strike for a free hit".
This edition of cricket's grandest tournament has witnessed umpires committing bizarre mistakes.
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Read fan reactions here:
@cricketworldcup— L@cchi (@LacchiOrange) July 10, 2019
What A great Umpiring Skills....The Ball Msd became runout should be given as NoBall...& Dhoni should have played and India have Won....What A Great WC?What a great exhibition of Umpiring skills???? pic.twitter.com/1Xthq2Qyjv
A direct hit from Martin Guptill in the penultimate over dismissed Dhoni (50 off 72), thus ending India's hopes.