Aakash Chopra says that MS Dhoni was not a fan of the DRS while Virat Kohli is quite the opposite of MS Dhoni.
MS Dhoni is known for his judgement delivering ability from behind the stumps. The former Indian Captain has been so accurate in giving judgments that many of the commentators including Aakash Chopra call him “Dhoni Review System” in reference to the Decision Review System. Recently Aakash Chopra in a chat with Pakistan broadcaster Sawera Pasha in her YouTube chat show, Cric Cast revealed that MS Dhoni wasn’t a great fan of DRS while current Indian Captain Virat Kohli is completely opposite of the wicketkeeper-batsman.
“India was the first team to use DRS in around 2008 during a series against Sri Lanka. MS Dhoni was not the captain of the team, Anil Kumble was. We took some really bad DRS calls in that series. It was a new thing, and we made poor use of technology. That’s when we decided, that we don’t like it. And if we don’t like it, then we won’t use it,” Chopra said.
“Also, MS Dhoni was not a fan of it. The thinking of your team’s captain matters a lot. Dhoni was convinced for the longest time that technology is not foolproof. Even today, it is not foolproof. There are still issues with the umpire’s call, there are still issues with soft-signals. There are still issues, but it was even more back then than it is today,” he added.
Aakash Chopra further said that India used the DRS completely only after Kohli took over the captainship from Dhoni. “I have been a fan of DRS from Day 1. If you ask me, if you do not embrace technology, then you won’t improve it. But I was not playing back then. The fact is Dhoni didn’t like it one bit. So, if he didn’t like it, India won’t use it. Now things have changed since Kohli has become the captain.
MS Dhoni will turn 39 years old on July 7 7 has last played for the Indian team in the 2019 World Cup Semi-Finals where India lost to New Zealand in Manchester.