Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner weighed in on the issue of cricket team captains venting out their frustrations at umpire’s decisions, which is what Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni did a few days back during their encounter in Dubai.
Warner saw what happened between Dhoni and umpire Paul Reiffel during the final stages of Match 29 on Tuesday which CSK won by 20 runs as they successfully defended 167 against SRH.
The penultimate over of the match saw Shardul Thakur bowling a wide delivery with SRH needing 24 off 11. Umpire Paul Reiffel was about to signal a wide, was unnerved by Dhoni’s reaction and lowered his hands to revoke his original decision, much to the amazement of Warner, the batsmen and the entire SRH squad,
An angry Dhoni is a rare sight, be it on a cricket field or off it, which is why the incident became a big talking point after the match with the legendary wicketkeeper even facing flak on social media for reacting in the way he did.
Appearing on the latest episode of Inspiration, Warner gave his point of view on the issue and explained why captains tend to lose their cool on the umpires at times.
“That day with MS (Dhoni), I know he would have been frustrated had it been called a wide. But the simple fact is it was a wide and the umpire was going to call a wide. And he changed his mind by looking at the opposition captain’s body language.
“I am not saying this because it was MS Dhoni but because the captain was in the sight of the umpire right behind him. He is behind there as wicketkeeper, so he can see that, he has shown his frustration. We all do that, at times, as captains, we all show our frustrations but at the end of the day, they can make their calls, how they make it. We just gotta respect that. So there is no point of arguing,” Warner said on India Today e-Inspiration.
REVIEW FOR WIDE CALLS?
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli recently suggested that players should be allowed to review wides and no-balls as well to solve the problem of wrong calls by the on-field umpires. At present, the players are only allowed to use the Decision Review System (DRS) to review lbws and decisions involving edged catches.
But Warner gave a mixed response when asked about Kohli’s point of view on wides and no-balls.
“Having seen the other day, I know the players, myself guilty, when a bowler bowls a bouncer, and we think it should be wide, you do question where’s the consistency?
“As we have sat through these captain meetings, they still want to keep a human element component. I know the technology is there for all to use. What people don’t understand is if we are talking about captains being down in overs and time, if you are going to be late, you’re going to lose a couple of lakhs and slow the game down.
“So in that case, they are saying waist-high no-balls are always checked if you’re out only. So you can’t review that. I find wide calls, look, that could be a third-umpire decision as well because they are giving the no-balls. There are so many variables in this. There is no right or wrong in this,” Warner added.