1Gets It Bang On, MS Dhoni Signals For Review Before Captain ViratKohli.
A new chapter has begun in Indian cricket on Sunday as one of India’s most successful captains, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have started playing under ViratKohli in the shorter format of cricket. Also, it is the first time that MS Dhoni was playing as non-captain since 2007 and sometimes it is possible to forget who is in charge.
However, during the match fans were keen to observe the Dhoni-Kohli dynamics on the field, especially since the wicketkeeper-batsman was playing a regular member of the team for the first time after a long time.
As England piled on the runs, Kohli consulted his predecessor on multiple occasions. Dhoni too helped set the field and get all the angles right through the course of the match.
One interesting moment, though, stood out for all the fans when MS Dhoni appealed for Eoin Morgan’s wicket off HardikPandya’s bowling. At the end of the 27th over, he took the catch of Eoin Morgan and appealed. The umpire said not out and Dhoni demanded a review. Wait! Hold on! He can’t ask for the review because he is not the skipper anymore.
Opener Roy was looking to be in fine touch as he scored a quick-fire 73 off just 61 balls. It was then that the left-hander appeared to have edged the ball to Dhoni, but the umpire was unmoved despite frantic appeals from the fielding side.
The reaction from the umpire prompted Dhoni to signal for a review almost immediately, even before captain Kohli. Ultimately, it was the skipper who had to officially ask the umpire to go upstairs.
Ahead of the series, Kohli had stated that Dhoni’s decision-making ability was second to none.
“I saw a statistic that said that 95% of the appeals that he has made in his career have been successful appeals. There will be no further debate after he says if it is outside the line or missing stumps. He is always someone who has always been very smart with decision-making as far as appeals are concerned. His would be the one word I would trust,” Kohli had told reporters.
India went 1-0 up in the series after successfully chasing the 351-run target. Kohli and KedarJadhavwere the star performers, stitching together a 200-run stand for the fifth wicket.