MS Dhoni is a DRS genius: Memorable moments from the legend’s 300th ODI

first_imgMS Dhoni can do everything on the cricket field. He can bat, he can graft, he can accelerate with the big shots, he can take some mind-boggling catches and affect super-fast stumpings.AND, he can get be spot on with the Decision Review System (DRS) as often as you would like him to be.After chipping in with an unbeaten 49 in India’s massive 375/5 against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI, Dhoni helped Shardul Thakur take his maiden wicket on debut. Niroshan Dickwella was going after the new ball but Thakur got one to bounce just short of the length. The Sri Lanka opener tried to hook and the umpire called wide down the leg-side.But Dhoni was up promptly in a loud appeal. Once he had been turned down, he told Virat Kohli he heard a definite noise. (Also Read: Rohit Sharma continues dream run in Sri Lanka with second successive hundred)And guess what! Dhoni turned out to be right. Kohli opted for the DRS and TV replays showed the ball had Dickwella’s gloves. Congratulations, Shardul! Maiden wicket.Here’s what happened, according to our ball-by-ball commentary:2.4 overs: OUT! Shardul Thakur gets his first international wicket! A lot of credit should be given to Dhoni there. A brilliant review by him. A big, big wicket, Dickwella is walking back. Thakur bangs in a short one down the leg side. Niroshan shuffles and goes for the flick but misses. The ball goes off something to Dhoni who catches it and appeals. The umpire shakes his head and signals a wide. Dhoni says he heard a noise and asks Virat to review. Kohli does so and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show that there was a spike on Ultra Edge as the ball passed the glove. The on-field call has to be overturned. Thakur is delighted as Sri Lanka lose their first.advertisementA few overs later, Dhoni’s services were called upon again. This time, the bowler was Jasprit Bumrah and the batsman was debutant Dilshan Munaweera. (Also Read: Virat Kohli overtakes Sanath Jayasuriya with record-breaking 29th hundred)Munaweera flirted with a delivery that was anlging down the leg side. There was another loud appeal and umpire Paul Reiffel turned it down. Kohli looked at Dhoni and he nodded his ascent for the review. BANG ON, AGAIN!Sri Lanka were suddenly three down and it was a lot to do with Dhoni’s superb skills. It is easy to say that wicketkeepers need to be attentive to the slightest of noise of ball meeting bat or gloves but MSD’s consistency has to be a thing of beauty. (Also Read: Virat Kohli becomes Lasith Malinga’s 300th ODI wicket)Here’s what happened in the eighth over, according to our ball-by-ball commentary:7.6 overs: OUT! Dhoni, you beauty! He has got another one right! What a 300th ODI he is having. Bumrah bowls it on a back of a length, angling down leg. Munaweera flirts with it but seems to have missed it as the ball lands in Dhoni’s gloves. He once again hears something and starts appealing. The umpire stays put and India go for the review again. Replays show that the front foot is fine and Ultra Edge detects ball brushing the glove once again. Another superb use of review by the visitors. Dhoni is having a great time behind the stumps. Bumrah adds another to his tally of wickets in the series. Sri Lanka have been rocked hard early.last_img

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