Delhi Capitals pacer Rasikh Salam reprimanded for breaching IPL code of conduct

Delhi Capitals fast bowler Rasikh Salam Dar received a reprimand for his excessive celebration following a wicket during their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash against Gujarat Titans.

Rasikh Salam Dar
Delhi Capitals pacer Rasikh Salam Dar.

In the high-octane world of cricket, emotions often run high, and celebrations can sometimes verge on the excessive. Such was the case for Rasikh Salam Dar, the promising fast bowler representing the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), whose exuberance in celebrating a wicket during their recent match against the Gujarat Titans landed him in hot water.

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The incident unfolded amidst the backdrop of a fiercely contested encounter at the iconic Arun Jaitley Stadium. As tensions mounted and the stakes soared, Dar, in a moment of euphoria, allowed his emotions to overflow, leading to what officials deemed a breach of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. Specifically, Dar was found to have violated Article 2.5, which pertains to actions that may disparage or provoke aggressive reactions from fellow players.

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Acknowledging the transgression, the IPL promptly issued a statement confirming Dar’s Level 1 offence and subsequent reprimand. The league reiterated the importance of upholding the spirit of the game and maintaining decorum on the field.

In the spirit of sportsmanship, Dar accepted the Match Referee’s sanction, underscoring his commitment to fair play and respect for the rules.

Despite the disciplinary setback, Dar’s performance on the field was nothing short of commendable. The 24-year-old from Jammu and Kashmir showcased his bowling prowess, delivering a spellbinding performance that played a pivotal role in his team’s narrow victory. With figures of three wickets for 44 runs from his allotted four overs, Dar made significant contributions to the Capitals’ triumph.

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Notably, Rasikh Salam Dar‘s ability to handle pressure was put to the test during the crucial 19th over, where he was tasked with defending 37 runs from just 12 balls. In the face of immense pressure, Dar displayed nerves of steel, executing his deliveries with precision and guile.

Despite conceding 18 runs in the penultimate over, Dar’s crucial breakthrough—a wicket-taking yorker—proved to be the turning point that swung the momentum in favor of the Capitals.

It’s worth noting that Dar’s journey to the IPL stage has been characterized by perseverance and determination. Despite limited experience in First-Class and List A cricket, Dar has seized every opportunity to showcase his talent and make a mark on the cricketing landscape. His rapid rise through the ranks serves as a testament to his raw potential and unwavering commitment to excellence.

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