The Decision Review System (DRS) has recently become the talk of the town in the cricketing fraternity. However, the only downside of it is that teams get only a solitary DRS during an innings in ODIs. Only if the review is successful the sides get to retain it. On Saturday, the Indian leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal showed good presence of mind at the Eden Park in Auckland and helped India save an important DRS.
Team India could’ve lost their review at the start of the second ODI against New Zealand. In the third over, Shardul Thakur found Martin Guptill in front of stumps and appealed to the on-field umpire. The ball was looking to go down the leg-side and the umpire didn’t rule him out. It was then up to Virat Kohli and his men whether or not they should opt for the review.
Thakur was looking positive to go for the DRS, so was Virat. But Chahal suggested that it could be a wrong call. In the end, the timer ran out and the visitors didn’t go for the review. Chahal’s actions were pretty reminiscent of MS Dhoni. The veteran Indian mostly had his intuitions correct when it comes to using the DRS.
Here is the video of Chahal advising his teammate:
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Guptill eventually went on to score 79 runs off 79 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes. To start with, he added 93 runs for the opening wicket along with Henry Nicholls, who played a useful knock of 41 off 59 balls with five fours. Guptill was looking good for a century, but a combined effort from Shardul Thakur and keeper KL Rahul cut short his stay in the middle.
Guptill was Kiwis’ highest run-scorer even as the hosts ended with 273 for eight in their 50 overs. Chahal had a decent day with his leg-breaks as well. He picked up three wickets, as he dismissed Nicholls, Mark Chapman, and Tim Southee. However, he was a tad expensive though, giving away 58 runs in his 10 overs.