The Proteas had finally managed to apply brakes to team India’s winning streak in the ongoing 6-match Momentum ODI series by winning the 4th ODI in Johannesburg by 5 wickets by Duckworth-Lewis Method (D/L) on Saturday.
The match witnessed a few action-packed moments, that saw dropped catches, poor fielding and the South African batsmen dominating the Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for the first time in the series.
Though Kohli and Rohit Sharma are officially the captain and vice-captain in the current set-up, it is the experienced Dhoni who is usually seen taking the final call on one aspect and it about DRS. He is the first and final option for Virat Kohli whether to go for a DRS review or not. And the same situation happened during the 4th ODI.
The incident took place in the 8th over of the match when Jasprit Bumrah was bowling to Hashim Amla. The bowler made the batsman clueless with a brilliant delivery. The ball went past between his bat and pad to Dhoni before the Indians were convinced they got the batsman out.
Though Virat, Dhoni, and Rohit were excited after hearing a sound, Dhoni was doubtful that the ball would have hit the pad instead of the bat. Virat looked extremely interested in going for a DRS as the umpire said no and even consulted vice-captain Rohit for the same. Excited Rohit signaled Virat to go for it. But, Dhoni insisted not to go for a DRS and Virat agreed with him.
Even replays showed there was no edge as the ball missed bat and hit the pad on the way to the keeper.
MS Dhoni proved once again that he might have a hidden hawk-eye inside him after his call on DRS turned out correct again. Fans have named DRS as “Dhoni Review System” and Dhoni keeps on justifying it with his sharp decisions.
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Virat Kohli though was convinced that he had heard something and even consulted Rohit about going for the review.
MS Dhoni though quickly signalled to Kohli that there was no bat involved and that they shouldn’t go for a review here.
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Last year, even a statistics surfaced claiming the Jharkhand dynamites gets his reviews right 95% of the times. While everyone witnesses off days, Dhoni is someone, you would hardly see faltering as far as the DRS is concerned.
India, however, lost the game but still have a lead of 3-1. South Africa chased down the target by 5 wickets in the do-or-die game. The match was affected by rain, hence the Proteas had a target of 202 in 28 overs. Thanks to their lower middle order, they achieved the asked total with 15 balls in hand.