Yuzvendra Chahal plays MS Dhoni’s role: The Indian spinner was witnessed sharing a vital suggestion with his captain.
During the second ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand in Auckland, India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was seen playing the role of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni after his suggestion convinced current captain Virat Kohli against opting for a DRS appeal.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the third over when India pacer Shardul Thakur beat New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill. With the ball hitting Guptill’s pads, the Indians appealed for an LBW but to no effect.
It was at this point in time that the Indians were pondering with respect to reviewing the decision. Kohli was soon seen in discussions with Chahal and wicket-keeper batsman Lokesh Rahul.
Chahal, who looked quite animated during the chat, was evidently seen convincing Kohli to not opt for a review. While it is not confirmed it Chahal cited Guptill edging the ball before it hitting his pads, replays confirmed the same being the reason behind the umpire giving the decision in the hosts’ favour.
After Kohli won the toss and invited New Zealand in to bat, they scored 273/8 in 50 overs in a start-stop innings. While Guptill top-scored for New Zealand with his 79 (79) including of eight fours and three sixes, it was veteran batsman Ross Taylor’s 73* (74) which powered the home team to a respectable total for they were once restricted to 197/8.
Chahal, who is playing his first ODI almost six months, registered bowling figures of 10-0-58-3 to be the pick of the Indian bowlers.
Yuzvendra Chahal plays MS Dhoni’s role
— Sam sharma (@SMmPMm) February 8, 2020
How Twitterati reacted on the match:
new zealand collapsing like they have a super over to get to #NZvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) February 8, 2020
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2020
273/8 on the board at @edenparknz. A 76 run partnership from 54 balls between Ross Taylor and Kyle Jamieson providing vital late runs in Auckland. Scorecard | https://t.co/6E9wqCe2kt #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/WSEFMSR14p
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 8, 2020
Aftet being in disarray, New Zealand have recovered splendidly to make 273. Testing time for India’s batting
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 8, 2020
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