In the first ODI between South Africa and India at the Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban, Team India captain Virat Kohli wasted the only review after consulting vice-captain Rohit Sharma.
It happened in the 36th over of the South African innings when India pacer Jasprit Bumrah attempted a yorker against Faf Du Plessis and ended up spraying it down the leg side. MS Dhoni guarded it behind the wickets and while both the bowler and keeper weren’t interested in an appeal Kohli looked very excited and came running across the pitch appealing.
Rohit also heard something and convinced the captain to take the review. Dhoni who is considered a master of DRS calls also remained silent and disinterested. But Virat who always runs on instinct decided to take the review and replays suggested that the ball was nowhere near the bat; eventually, it was a referral in vain.
Twitterati trolled Kohli asking him to rely on Dhoni for the DRS calls and not go by his own instinct as the veteran gets it right more often than not.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— _chetan_ (@trust_my_lies) February 1, 2018
@imVkohli Listening to rohit sharma instead of Ms Dhoni & lost a review
— अरूणाक्ष भंडारी (@imarunaksh) February 1, 2018
@imVkohli bhai this is DRS (Dhoni review system) ek baar usse bhi poich leta tera mein abhi class hai par tu kohli rahega dhoni or tendulkar banne ke baare mein sochna mat
— Rahul Kashyap (@Rifhin2015) February 1, 2018
WK Dhoni didn't appeal.. Bowler didn't appeal..
— Shubham Dogra (@Shubham513) February 1, 2018
— ©eebu (@HasibUbaid) February 1, 2018
Isn't the review funny Mr. @imVkohli . There was nothing, it was so clear. Don't do these silly things being a captain of a top side.
— Hareesh Konanki (@imHareeshK) February 1, 2018
Ball down leg, leg glance missed,
Bowler no appeal, Dhoni no appeal, not even excited.
— Hitchy (@hitchwriter) February 1, 2018
— B3713_ver (@Jophyjoe) February 1, 2018
— मिश्रआशुतोष (@misrashutosh) February 1, 2018
Kohli : Shall I go for it ?
Sharma : Yes !
— Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) February 1, 2018
— bapuji (@Imbapuji7) February 1, 2018
India shootouts remove @imVkohli as captain just for his stupid DRS decisions. Keeper and bowler don't appeal but he comes from cover / mid wicket and takes DRS for caught behind #INDvsSA #FreedomSeries
— सिधार्थ दस्सानी (@sidharthdassani) February 1, 2018