In the Super Four stage match of the Asia Cup 2018 between India and Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday, cricket fans were treated to a familiar sight.
Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, bowling his first over of the match, made an appeal for leg before wicket against Pakistan opener Imam-ul-haq. The umpire did not hesitate in giving it not-out as the batsman had a huge stride forward and the bat was awfully close to the pad. In real time, it seemed like a fair call by the Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.
But Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni had other ideas. With Chahal making a strong appeal, Dhoni looked in the direction of skipper Rohit Sharma and gave a gentle nod. It came in a quick time. and there was no hesitation.
And after watching at the replays, TV umpire made the decision. ‘Three reds’ on the tracker and no inside edge. Imam had to walk back. Dhoni, as he often is, was spot on.
Sunil Gavaskar, who was on air at that moment, couldn’t stop gushing. “What a genius that man is MSD. He is just incredible,” the former India captain said.
Twitter was also filled with — as you’d expect — comments about ‘Dhoni Review System’.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to that moment of magic by Dhoni:
What a review, incredible MS Dhoni. #IndvPak
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 23, 2018
Batsmen should start walking if @msdhoni is asking for a review.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) September 23, 2018
Dhoni Review System #IndvPak
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) September 23, 2018
Dhoni is such a class!!!!!
MS is unbelievable.#INDVPAK
— Ihtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) September 23, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) September 23, 2018
Maan Gaya Yaar Dhoni ko
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) September 23, 2018
Nothing beats the Dhoni Review System pic.twitter.com/r16bhj9B8j
— East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) September 23, 2018
— Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) September 23, 2018
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) September 23, 2018
Dhoni Review System Strikes Again.!! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/nx2WuNNRP7
— DHONIsm™ 💙 (@DHONIism) September 23, 2018
— Krishna Keerthy (@ItsKrishnaTanu) September 23, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) September 23, 2018
— Aman (@humourously_urs) September 23, 2018
— Vikas Mishra (@mishravikas1995) September 23, 2018
— Muzammil Abbas Jee (@MuzzuAJ) September 23, 2018
— Bade Chote (@badechote) September 23, 2018
DRS to MS Dhoni. pic.twitter.com/5K84Fqc3ON
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) September 23, 2018
— urstrulyKajal🇮🇳 (@BanarasiBasanti) September 23, 2018
Dhoni Review System is the most accurate review appeal system which is only available to Indian team. And this is unfair to remaining teams.#INDvPAK
— Nithesh Shetty (@the_shettyy) September 23, 2018