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MS Dhoni and DRS, a love story that has made a lot of news for being successful more often than not. MS Dhoni is among one of those skippers in world cricket who have been spot on with their DRS calls, a feat that the current Indian skipper, Virat Kohli can only dream of. However, veteran Indian commentator, Aakash Chopra has revealed that Dhoni wasn’t really in favour of using the DRS when it first came to light in 2008.
MS Dhoni’s tale with the DRS is so famous that DRS is often called as the Dhoni Review System by his fans. What it actually stands for is the Decision Review System. The DRS has now become part of cricket globally and is one of the great examples of technology benefiting the sports spectrum.
Now, Aakash Chopra has revealed that MS Dhoni, one of the finest customers of the technology, wasn’t really impressed by it in the initial stages of its use.
MS Dhoni Wasn’t In Favour Of Using DRS Says Aakash Chopra:
Speaking to Pakistan broadcaster Sawera Pasha in her Youtube chat show Cric Cast, Chopra explained why India were reluctant to accept the use of DRS technology initially.
“India was the first team to use DRS in around 2008 during a series against Sri Lanka. MS Dhoni was not the captain of the team, Anil Kumble was. We took some really bad DRS calls in that series. It was a new thing, and we made poor use of technology. That’s when we decided, that we don’t like it. And if we don’t like it, then we won’t use it,” Chopra said.
“Also, MS Dhoni was not a fan of it. The thinking of your team’s captain matters a lot. Dhoni was convinced for the longest time that technology is not full-proof. Even today, it is not full-proof. There are still issues with the umpire’s call, there are still issues with soft-signals. There are still issues, but it was even more back then than it is today,” he added.
A Look At The History Of The Decision Review System:
The formal DRS system to add Player Reviews was first used in a Test match in 2008, first used in a One Day International (ODI) in January 2011, and first used in a Twenty20 International in October 2017. In February 2017, the ICC agreed on the use for all future ICC World Twenty20 tournaments, with one review per team.
The first T20 tournament to use the technology was the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20. It was used in the knockout stages of Pakistan Super League 2017, which was the first time DRS used in a T20 league. DRS was used for the first time in a Twenty20 International in the India–Australia T20I series in October 2017.
Under the new ICC rules of November 2017, there would no longer be a top-up of reviews after 80 overs in Test matches, and teams will have only two unsuccessful reviews every innings. However, teams would no longer lose a review for an umpire’s call on an LBW review.