IPL: Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson fined

New Delhi, May 8 (UNI) Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson has been fined 30 percent of his match fee for breaching the code of conduct during yesterday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter against Delhi Capitals.

Samson’s violation stemmed from a level one offense under Article 2.8 of the Code of Conduct, involving his expression of disagreement with an umpire’s decision. He acknowledged his fault and accepted the punishment handed down by the match referee.

The incident occurred during the high-octane match at Arun Jaitley Stadium on Tuesday, as Rajasthan Royals pursued a daunting target of 222 runs.

In the 16th over, Samson was dismissed after Shai Hope caught him out at long-on from Mukesh Kumar’s delivery. Hope’s catch near the boundary raised doubts about whether his foot had touched the boundary line. Upon review by TV umpire Michael Gough, the decision to declare Samson out was upheld.

Before exiting the field, Samson engaged in a prolonged argument with the on-field umpires. Reflecting on the contentious moment in the post-match press conference, RR head coach Kumar Sangakkara remarked on the challenges faced by third umpires in such situations, acknowledging the varying perspectives on the matter.

The incident adds a layer of controversy to an already intense IPL season, highlighting the fine margins and pressure-cooker atmosphere inherent in professional cricket.

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