Rohit Sharma Didn’t Shout at the Umpire, Says Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan admitted that the 19th over bowled by Ben Stokes brought Pune back into contention.

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Harbhajan Singh picked up his 200th T20 wicket on Monday. (Photo: BCCI)

Mumbai Indians off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday said his captain Rohit Sharma, who has been fined for showing dissent to the umpire, didn't misbehave with the official and was only trying to clarify rules.

Sharma was at the crease when Mumbai needed 17 off the last over to win against Rising Pune Supergiant. After losing Hardik Pandya in the first ball, Sharma hit a six in the second but Jaydev Unadkat pushed the third delivery wide after seeing Sharma shuffle across the stumps.

Realising that the ball was veering away from the guideline for wide deliveries, Sharma left it alone. However, umpire S Ravi didn't call it a wide.

Rohit Sharma was fined 50 percent of his match fee for questioning the umpire’s decision. (Photo: BCCI)
Rohit Sharma was fined 50 percent of his match fee for questioning the umpire’s decision. (Photo: BCCI)

Disappointed with the decision, Sharma walked up to the umpire and protested even as the square-leg umpire A Nand Kishore intervened.

Rohit Sharma was fined 50 percent of his match fee after the incident.

The ball was too far outside, to be honest, but I don’t really know whether it was wide or not.
Harbhajan Singh

He added:

If both the batsman’s legs move, then bowler should get the margin, but Rohit’s one leg had moved and as per me it should have been a wide. But we have to move on with the umpire’s decision and they played better than us and it was a great game of cricket.

This is the second time in this season's IPL that Rohit has shown dissent at an umpire's decision. He had earlier disagreed with the umpire's decision during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders a couple of weeks ago but was then let off with a reprimand by the match referee.

He (Rohit) wanted to check what is the rule then and where he needed to stand. He did not shout at the umpire and asked him why he didn’t call a wide, he was asking where he should stand so that it is called a wide. If the ball is so outside, the more you move, the bowler will get the margin.
Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan also didn’t agree that because of that particular ball, Sharma lost the momentum, and was dismissed in the next delivery.

I don’t know whether momentum was lost (because of the wide not being called), Rohit was hitting nicely but unfortunately he ended up hitting the ball straight in the air. That’s what happens, cricket is game, anything can happen.

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Harbhajan, however, admitted that the 19th over of their innings bowled by Englishman Ben Stokes brought Pune back into contention. Strokes conceded only 7 runs, and Mumbai eventually lost by three runs at the Wankhede stadium on Monday.

That over was actually very crucial for them. We didn’t get any boundary in that over. That over actually changed the scenario for them, they were in the game. Obviously, if one odd boundary would have been hit in that over, then we would have required 12-13 runs, then the match is open and there would have been a more pressure on the bowler.

The off spinner took his 200th T20 wicket during the match on Monday.

It is nice to be taking those 200 wickets and still going strong. It is nice to be achieving these milestones and my job is to keep playing.

Harbhajan also backed out of sorts Sri Lankan seamer Lasith Malinga. "He (Malinga) has gone for couple of overs, which can happen to any bowler. He is still the number one bowler in this format, no matter whether he is playing for us or Sri Lanka.

"It was his call that he needed a break and wanted to work something out for his own bowling."

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