The first One-Day International of the ongoing India-Sri Lanka series witnessed high-voltage drama as the Indian batting collapsed like the Sri Lankan batting. As the batsmen got out quickly while admiring the surrounding beauty in Dharamsala, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni who held his end and helped India reach a respectable score.
However, it was not the runs scored by him that made the headlines. Batting with the tail, Dhoni saw the umpire raise his finger to rule Jasprit Bumrah out, LBW. Before the umpire could fully raise his finger, Dhoni reviewed the decision and made the umpire overturn it. Shocked with his accuracy, the umpires have written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman to stand next to them in the remaining matches of the series for accurate decisions.
“Dhoni will decide whether the batsman is out or not. In case he is batting and gets out, we will give him the benefit of doubt to decide whether or not he wants to walk back to the pavilion,” said an umpire who is appointed for the ongoing series.
The umpire’s request received backlash from the umpires who are appointed at ongoing series in other countries. “If they take Dhoni, we will only be left with some inaccurate technology like Hotspot, Ball tracker and Snicko,” said an umpire appointed at the ongoing Ashes in Australia.
Fearing that he might lose out on the ICC Umpire of the Year award to Dhoni, umpire Aleem Dar has threatened to quit umpiring if the ICC allows Dhoni to stand next to umpires during the match.
Inside sources reveal that Dhoni, after the team’s debacle in the first ODI, informed Rohit Sharma that it’s not the Mumbai Indians side that he is leading. The instructions seem to have clearly affected Sharma, who scored a double ton in the second ODI.