Sanju Samson fined for showing dissent

Sanju & Ananthan
Umpire K N Ananthapadmanabhan has a word with Sanju Samson. Photo: IANS/Biplab Banerje

New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson has been fined 30 per cent of his match fees for "showing dissent at an umpire's decision" during an IPL 2024 match against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, on Tuesday.

Sanju's fine knock of 86 off 46 balls came to an end when Shai Hope took a screamer at long-on, just millimetres away from the boundary rope off Mukesh Kumar.

It appeared that Hope had successfully caught the ball and several replays supported this claim, but a different angle cast some doubt on the legitimacy of the catch. Despite this uncertainty, third umpire Michael Gough ultimately trusted the first two replays and declared Sanju out.

The RR skipper looked unsatisfied with the quick decision-making and initially headed towards the dugout. However, he then reversed course and returned to argue with the umpires.

"Samson committed a Level 1 offence under Article 2.8 of the IPL's Code of Conduct. He admitted to the offence and accepted the Match Referee’s sanction," the BCCI/IPL statement read.

"For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee's decision is final and binding," it added.

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