Controversies are not a new thing in IPL. From match fixing to late night partying issues, they tend to pop up any minute. This year too there were a number of on-field and off-field controversies.
1. Ravichandran Ashwin Mankading Jos Butler.
In the 12 seasons of IPL, there was never an instance of Mankading until Kings XI Punjab captain Ashwin mankaded England international Jos Butler. Rajasthan Royals were on top of the game against KXIP and Butler was cruising the innings with 69 runs from 43 balls. Butler was on great form and this incident started a Rajasthan Royals batting collapse and eventually, they lost it by 14 runs.
The Cricket World was soon to react at the controversy. Opinions on social media were divided as many international players expressed their disappointment at the incident. While many others said it was under the law. But definitely, Mankading is not holding the spirit of cricket and it should have been avoided.
2. MS Dhoni stepping out on the ground to question Umpire’s decision.
The game was a last over thriller with Chennai Super King needing 17 runs to win against Rajasthan Royals in the final over. The world’s best finisher captain cool Dhoni was on one end. Ben Stokes was bowling and eventually took Dhoni’s wicket. But after Dhoni’s wicket, the next ball was against new batsmen Mitchell Santner, umpire Ulhas Gandhe first called a new ball for height but the leg umpire Bruce Oxenford overruled the decision. This provoked Dhoni and he stepped on to the field to question the Umpire’s decision. Dhoni usually calm and cool, lost his nerve argued with Rajasthan players and the umpires but the leg Umpire’s decision stayed.
Later Mitchel Santner hit Ben Stokes for a last-ball six to seal the match for CSK. MS Dhoni was fined 50 per cent of the match fee for his behaviour. Many ex-players and cricket officials were surprised with Dhoni’s attitude.
3. KXIP owner Ness Wadia’s caught using drugs in Japan
The billionaire owner of KXIP Ness Wadia isn’t new to controversies. A few years back he assaulted his then-girlfriend and KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta during an IPL match. This year he was caught with drugs during a Skiing trip in Japan and was sentenced to two years in jail.
The Committee of Administrators has sought an explanation from the KXIP management of the issue. If found guilty KXIP could face sanctions as the code of conduct of IPL mentions that the commission may suspend a team or franchise from the league if any person representing the team/franchise breaches the model conduct.
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have faced ban for two years after their owners were caught in a spot-fixing scandal.