Murali Vijay Fined On Opening Day Of New Ranji Trophy Season
The day one (9th December) of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 was eventful during the match between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka at Dindigul. On the very first day of the new Ranji Trophy season, veteran Indian Test specialist opening batsman Murali Vijay has been handed 10% match fee fine for showing dissent over an umpiring decision.
Karnataka captain won the toss on that morning and decided to bat first. While Nitin Pandit and Anil Dandekar were handling the on-field decisions, Tamil Nadu players had some good appeals.
Just two balls ahead of the tea break of that day, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and his other Tamil Nadu teammates had a massive appeal against the opponent batsman Pavan Deshpande. However, the bowling end umpire Nitin Pandit denied going with that appeal. After that decision, most of the Tamil Nadu cricketers gathered on the pitch. In that occasion, umpire Pandit went to talk with Ashwin.
Murali Vijay has been fined 10% of his match fees
Meanwhile, the square-leg umpire Anil Dandekar was busy to cool down Murali Vijay by holding his hand as the opening batsman was upset at that moment. Due to that action, Vijay has been fined 10% of his match fees. Tamil Nadu team management has confirmed this penalty news at the end of the day’s play.
D Vasu, the coach of Tamil Nadu, said according to Sportskeeda, “Probably, in the heat of the moment, players would have reacted. But I think you also have to be mindful of the fact that today cricket is played very differently and everybody is being watched. Bad decisions and good decisions are part of the game. We have to take it in our stride and move on. I cannot comment on these things (if there was an edge or not). It’s not appropriate.”
If technology is available and money is available, why not use more technology?
Later, the Tamil Nadu coach has asked to utilise the available technology for every close decision as he believes that it can make a huge difference during the tight games. In the present Indian domestic cricket, the technology has been used only for line decisions.
Basu added, “When tight games happen, two strong teams are competing, here and there…small things can make a huge difference. If technology is available and money is available, why not (use more technology)? For now, we use technology for line decisions in domestic cricket but whatever they can include with technology and if it’s possible we will be the happiest people to accept.”
“Anything new and anything that’s going to help the umpires as well the players, we will be happy because there is so much at stake these days for the players with regards to their careers.”
At the stumps on day one, Karnataka were batting on 259/6. Opener Mayank Agarwal scored 48 runs while Devdutt Padikkal (78) and Pavan Deshpande (65) scored half-centuries.
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