The Decision Review System and the way teams use it have been the topic of debate in the past few months. Just ask Australia? Ask Tim Paine, who took a fatal review of the bowling of Pat Cummins in the closing stages of the Leeds Test. The replays showed that the ball was going way past the leg-side, meaning that Australia squandered their last remaining review. What happened next everybody knows. Ben Stokes was trapped in front of the wicket off Nathan Lyon and the Aussies were left frustrated and handicapped in the absence of the review.
A similar sort of thing, in a less dramatic encounter though, happened during the 3rd T20I between India and South Africa. India, after having batted first, could only muster 9-134 thanks to some disciplined bowling by the South Africans. And, with the Proteas going hammer and tongs in the first six overs of their run-chase, India needed wickets and in a hurry to make a fist out of that match.
Chahar face the wrath of the fans
In the sixth over of the South African innings, Deepak Chahar bowled a brilliant knuckleball to opener Reeza Hendricks. Hendricks, in an attempt to flick the ball, was beaten, prompting a vociferous appeal from the Indians. Once the ball struck Hendricks pads, Team India went up in unison and following the nod of rejection by the Umpire, the fast bowler went on to literally force captain Virat Kohli into taking the DRS.
The replays showed that the ball was easily missing the leg-stump much to the agony of the Indian captain. And, just like it happened at Leeds, a few overs later, Quinton de Kock was trapped in front of the stumps by Washington Sundar. The Umpire, as was the case in Leeds, nodded in disapproval. With India having wasted their review, couldn’t do anything as they saw the giant screen show three reds.
Chahar forcing Kohli into taking DRS did not go down well with fans
Deepak Chahar has no idea about where his own delivery is heading. Ridiculously forcing Kohli to take the review. And Pant's role in this whole thing is more confusing as he has the best idea of the ball's direction among the fielders#INDvSA
— Ankit Karmakar (@KarmakarAnkit11) September 22, 2019
Deepak Chahar – Pant forces #Kohli to take a very bad DRS!
After watching the review, Kohli hides his face with the cap and feels embarrassed.
— Divyanshu Tiwari (@DiTi280500) September 22, 2019
— Souma DR (@SoumaDR1) September 22, 2019
Lol at confidence of Chahar to take that bizarre DRS. 🤣 #INDvSA
— Hina Tariq (@BeingHinaTariq) September 22, 2019
Bad bad decision by Kohli to go for DRS, poor captaincy. Lost the review and also didn't get the wicket. Painfully poor.#INDvsSA
— Bruce Vaine (@BruceVaine) September 22, 2019
Kohli's DRS with Dhoni and without Dhoni pic.twitter.com/iiSjq9y1vk
— Sir Yuzvendra (parody) (@SirYuzvendra) September 22, 2019
While playing in bangalore kohli becomes RCB captain ,first wrong decision to bat first and now wrong DRS review #INDvSA
— @MSR (@myiravat) September 22, 2019
Kohli’s level of excitement while making decisions at certain points: #INDvSA
— ⓢi◗◗iQ☋i (@Siddiquii_says) September 22, 2019
Some fans also remembered MS Dhoni for what they called the ‘Dhoni Review System’ following Rishabh Pant’s inability to gove his inputs to Kohli for the potential review.
— Sourabh Sanyal (@sourabhsanyal) September 22, 2019
— S Randhawa (@Randhawa36_) September 22, 2019
South Africa eventually went on to win the game with skipper Quinton de Kock leading the way with an unbeaten 52-ball-79* and Bavuma’s 23-ball-27* as the visitors strolled past the Indian Target in 16.5 overs.
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