In the last few years, the Decision Review System (DRS) has acquired a parallel definition — the Dhoni Review System thanks to the Indian Twitterati and the reasons are obvious. MS Dhoni’s record with DRS has been impeccable. His flawless judgment on a DRS decision has been hailed by fans and pundits quite often. Time and again, Virat Kohli has been seen referring to Dhoni before reviewing a decision.
However, during the third ODI against Australia on Friday, the India skipper didn’t listen to his predecessor and paid the price for it. During the very second over of the game, Jasprit Bumrah hit Aaron Finch on the pads. It looked close, prompting Bumrah and his teammates to go up in unison. However, the umpire gave it not-out. Upon seeing that Bumrah immediately approached skipper Kohli to review the decision while Dhoni also came forward.
Kohli was then seen asking something from Dhoni before it became clear that the latter was not very convinced. However, Virat decided to go for the review only to realize that his senior teammate was once again spot on. HawkEye showed that the ball was going over the stumps as India wasted their only review of the innings.
Here is the clip showing that incident:
— Dhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) March 9, 2019
After that early hiccup, Finch played a flawless knock of 93 while his opening partner Usman Khawaja struck his maiden ODI century. The duo shared a huge stand of 193 runs to help Australia pile up 313 for 5 in the must-win clash.
In reply, India started poorly and was reeling at 27 for 3 at one stage. However, Kohli scored a stunning century to keep the chase alive. But before Kohli could take India close, Adam Zampa ended his 123-run knock and all but seal the hosts’ fate. India was eventually all out for 281.