Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni has always been known for his judgment from behind the stumps. He has been accurate so much that many of the commentators, including former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra, have given him a tag of “Dhoni Review System” in reference to the Decision Review System (DRS). Recently, Chopra, talking to Pakistan broadcaster Sawera Pasha in her YouTube chat show Cric Cast, revealed that MSDhoni wasn’t a fan of DRS while his successor Virat Kohli is completely opposite to him.
Aakash Chopra explained, “India was the first team to use DRS in around 2008 during a series against Sri Lanka. MS Dhoni was not the captain of the team, Anil Kumble was. We took some really bad DRS calls in that series. It was a new thing, and we made poor use of technology. That’s when we decided, that we don’t like it. And if we don’t like it, then we won’t use it.”
He further added, “Also, Dhoni was not a fan of it. MS was convinced for the longest time that technology is not foolproof. There are still issues with the umpire’s call, there are still issues with soft-signals. There are still issues, but it was even more back then than it is today.”
Aakash added that India embraced the DRS completely after Virat became India’s full-time captain.
Chopra explained, “I have been a fan of DRS from Day 1. If you ask me, if you do not embrace technology, then you won’t improve it. The fact is Dhoni didn’t like it one bit. So, if he didn’t like it, India won’t use it. Now things have changed since Kohli has become the captain. He wants DRS in every match – be it IPL, or Ranji match – in any match. Now the thought has changed that embrace the technology, take it forward and make it better.”
Dhoni will be celebrating his 39th birthday on July 7, but currently, he has been on sabbatical from cricket as he played his last international game when India suffered World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand in Manchester.