Twitterati slams umpire for a questionable decision that dismissed MS Dhoni

Dhoni scored 51 and was part of a 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma.

MS Dhoni not-out
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India had a disappointing start to their ODI mission in Australia, losing the first match in Sydney by 34runs. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma scored a splendid century to keep the visitors in the hunt for a win even after the top order faced a debacle but he had far too less support to take his side home. The only high point in the Indian chase was the 137-run partnership between Sharma (133) and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni (51) but the pair consumed far too many deliveries to allow the pressure build up towards the end.

Dhoni was particularly slower of the two, taking 96 balls for his 51 runs to score at an ordinary average of 53.13 at No.5. Dhoni joined Rohit with India three down for just four runs on the board chasing the target of 289 and brought the innings back on the track but the asking rate went too high when Dhoni departed in the 33rd over.

Twitterati slams umpire for Dhoni’s lbw decision

Though the 37-year-old cricketer was too slow with his batting, his dismissal sparked a controversy as the delivery from debutant Jason Behrendorff was seen to have pitched outside the leg stump and hit the batsman’s leg in front of the wicket. Dhoni, who was on the backfoot, tried to flick it and missed and umpire Michael Gough raised his dreaded finger only to be slammed by the Twitterati. India could not contest the decision since they had no reviews left. The commentators called the decision to be a “shocker”.

Here is the video of the dismissal:

Dhoni’s departure saw Dinesh Karthik come out but the pressure kept climbing up and he did not last long either. India’s chances got over as soon as Sharma, who hit his 22nd ODI ton in Sydney, got out off Marcus Stoinis’ bowling in the 46th over and it was only a late flourish from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (29 not out off 23 balls) that saw India crossing the 250-run mark. Pacer Jhye Richardson was adjudged the Man of the Match with a four-wicket haul. India play Australia in the do-or-die second game in Adelaide on January 15.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the incident and slammed the umpire, even blaming him for India’s defeat: