Rohit Sharma’s era as full-time Indian ODI skipper began impressive, as the ‘Men in Blue’ smashed the West Indies by 6 wickets in the first ODI and takes a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series. Rohit Sharma had a great time using the Decision Review System (DRS) as well. Despite 3 Three on-field reviews were reversed when the ‘Hitman’ utilized the DRS. Former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar has spoken out about Rohit Sharma’s brilliant use of the Review System.
It Was Called Dhoni Review System, Now It’s ‘Rohit System’: Gavaskar
Rohit Sharma is getting it absolutely right so far: Sunil Gavaskar
India requested to review three times throughout the game. The 1st came in the 12th over against Darren Bravo, when the Hawkeye out and the playback verified that there was no bat involvement. Washington Sundar’s straight and short ball hit the batsman’s pads cleanly.
The 2nd came in the 20th over when ball-tracking displayed that Chahal’s delivery would’ve thumped against the wickets, halting Nicolas Pooran’s 18 (25) knock.
The 3rd came when Chahal’s leg-break clipped the outside edge of Shamarh Brooks’ bat, where the former skipper Virat Kohli advised captain Rohit to go for the replay. As a result, India came back successfully in the DRS for all 3 of them.
Gavaskar stated that while he referred to DRS as the ‘Dhoni Review System’ during MS Dhoni’s era with the Indian side, he believes that now it is the time to term it as the ‘Rohit System.’
“When Dhoni was there I used to call it the Dhoni Referral System. And I mentioned it in the commentary that you can now call it the Rohit system because he is getting it absolutely right so far,” he said.
Gavaskar went on to say that the wicket-keeper plays an important role in supporting the skipper in making DRS decisions, citing Pant’s hesitation after confirming Brooks’ removal.
“There will be situations where you will be getting it wrong but it is the wicketkeeper who plays the crucial role here because he is going to guide you here as to where the ball was pitched. If the ball hits the pads, below the knee roll or above then the bowler comes in. Otherwise, it is the wicketkeeper who plays a crucial role,” he concluded.