Dhoni Review System: The DRS has a new meaning, and the Twitterati is behind it all.
Since its inception in 2009 by the International Cricket Council, the DRS (Decision Review System) has undergone several modifications — from its use being made non-mandatory, fluctuations in the margin of uncertainty for LBW decisions, to the axeing of the number of referrals available per match (and other technicalities too controversial for mention, like the Third Umpire’s voice being broadcast live).
Over time, thanks to the clued-in Indian Twitter users, the DRS has acquired a parallel definition — the Dhoni Review System.
— Anupama (@Anupama712) September 23, 2018
Dhoni Review System,
Come on! Change the name! #IndvPak
— Monica (@monicas004) September 23, 2018
— Tarun Aditya (@LazyFellow_0031) September 23, 2018
On Saturday, following an umpteenth instance of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni calling successfully for a review of an umpiring decision, the phrase went truly viral. It found mention in over 3k tweets within a little more than an hour of Yuzhvendra Chahal’s LBW appeal against Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq being rejected and overturned during a Super Four match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge, viewing the delivery from the bowler’s end, could hardly be faulted for conjecturing that the ball might have missed the left-hander’s leg stump. Imam had lunged a fair distance forward and Chahal’s delivery was well-flighted and turning.
But the man behind the wickets at the other end was watching just as keenly. With an affirmative nod from Dhoni, India captain Rohit Sharma promptly asked for a review. Sure enough, the ball would have clipped the top of middle and leg.
👉Bowler Not Convinced
👉Captain Not Convinced
👉Umpire Not Convinced
👉MS Dhoni Convinced
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 23, 2018
— Narad (@Narad19947492) September 23, 2018
ICC make DRS dhoni review system then we acceptable it.
— Dan Singh (@DanSinghJoJo) July 28, 2014
— cricBC (@cricBC) January 17, 2016
Dhoni to Umpire: I am not asking you whether its out and I am telling you its out… Dhoni review system!
— Bobgally (@Krishnan_Masi) January 15, 2017
— Hotstar (@hotstartweets) April 6, 2017
Now, in all seriousness, batsmen should start walking back to the pavilion as soon as MS Dhoni asks for a review.
DHONI REVIEW SYSTEM #INDvPAK
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) September 23, 2018
Questions have been tenably raised over the former India captain’s declining batting ability in recent times. Indeed, his place in the side has been remarked on. But Dhoni’s fans are quick to point out that there has been barely any decline in Dhoni’s eye, judgment or game perception.