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Captain Cool shoves Bangla bowler who blocked him

Captain Cool shoves Bangla bowler who blocked himMIRPUR (Dhaka): Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday climbed high on Bangladesh cricket fans' hate list after barging into debutant pacer Mustafizur Rahman in a bid to shove him out of his way while running a quick single.

The wiry left-arm pacer, who was guilty of coming in Dhoni's way, was injured by the powerful shove and had to go off the field for treatment following the incident that took place on the second ball of the 25th over.

Nasir Hossain had to complete the over, but spirited Mustafizur was soon back on the field after getting preliminary treatment. He rejoined the attack in the 37th over after which he dismissed Raina, Ashwin and Jadeja. Bagging 5/50 and the Man of the Match award, Mustafizur went on to set up a historic 79-run win over India.

Dhoni may argue that Mustafizur, deliberately or otherwise, tried to block his way, but slow-motion clearly showed Dhoni not only made no effort to change his course but also shoved him away with a shoulder charge. Given Dhoni's stature in international cricket, it was a very unsporting act, something the Indian captain has never been accused of in his illustrious career.

With his team under pressure from the very first over of the match, Dhoni appeared to have lost the plot after that incident. It surprised no one when he played a loose shot to get out to Shakib Al Hasan, leaving India gasping at 128/5.

Bangladesh players protested to the umpire who also had a word of caution for Dhoni. It remains to be seen whether Messers Rod Tucker and Enamul Haque report the matter to ICC match Referee Andy Pycroft.

However, irrespective of whether Dhoni gets censured or escapes punishment, he has lost thousands of fans worldwide for his momentary indiscretion.

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