Indian Team fined for slow over rate, Dhoni banned for one match
Perth: For team India, their horrific tour just got worse after Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was handed out 1 Test ban for slow over rate in Perth Test. India took 362 minutes to bowl 76 over’s at the WACA ground, but still fell short by two full over’s. Ranjan Madugalle, chief ICC match referee also imposed a fine of 40% of his match fees and 20% of match fees for the rest of the team for playing too slow in the match that had two and a half days left in it. There was no formal meeting as Dhoni pleaded guilty and acknowledged that he was aware of the new rule as well as his teams’ slow over rate as the match was progressing. Vice-captain Virender Sehwag is expected to lead the side in their final match at Adelaide. Wriddhiman Saha is expected to take the gloves. Saha made an controversial debut at Nagpur and has played only one Test so far. He made a duck in his first innings but scored a watchful 36 in the second innings. In addition to the fine, Dhoni was handed a one-match Test ban because it was the second instance reported in last twelve months. International Cricket Council (ICC) the rules regarding over-rate offence in last June in Hong Kong. Earlier captains were allowed three such offences within a period of twelve months, but now the rules restrict it to just two, after which captain would be suspended for one Test match. Dhoni was earlier put on notice in Barbados last year when the team ended some three over’s short against West Indies. Match Referee Chris Broad imposed 30% fine on Dhoni and 60% fine on rest of the team. On an earlier instance, on 18th December 2009, during the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Nagpur, he was handed a two match ODI ban for slow over rate.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s worst nightmare came true when his team succumbed to yet another Innings defeat and lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australia. His team’s batting line up seems to be in a ‘Hibernation mode’ as they repeatedly fail to deliver on required occasions. Dhoni himself seems to be out of touch as he played only one impressive innings out of six so far in the series. In his little more than 6 year career in Tests, he has managed only 5 centuries so far. But he led India to the pinnacle in Test Rankings as No.1 Test Team in the world. However his unbeaten streak of 11 matches ended in England last year when India was whitewashed by 4-0