Dhoni Wins Hearts With Call For Referral After Taking Ambiguous Catch

MS Dhoni has won the hearts of fans with his batting, his wicketkeeping, his captaincy, and now with his “honesty”

Former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni has won the hearts of fans with his batting, his wicketkeeping, his captaincy, and presently with his “honesty”. The Indian cricket legend had a memorable outing against Punjab Kings on Sunday. The 40-year-old wicketkeeper absolutely shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Playing his 350th T20 game, Dhoni inflicted a Jonty Rhodes-like run-out as he went flying on the stumps to dismiss Bhanuka Rajapaksa.

A mix-up between Rajapaksa and Shikhar Dhawan led to the previous departure, and Dhoni was all over the internet for his herculean fielding effort. A few minutes later, his name was circulating for a completely different reason. It’s a well-known fact that Dhoni has been perhaps the most adored player, and the previous Chennai Super Kings captain gathered acclaim for flagging the umpire about his catch not being a perfect one.

It was in the eighth over of the game when Dwaine Pretorius conveyed a length ball down the leg side to Liam Livingstone. The England player hoped to look it down to the fine leg, yet got a thick external edge, and Dhoni, who rearranged across and made a full-length jump, snatched it with two hands. However, the legendary wicketkeeper was unsure of his own efforts and before the umpire could make a decision he urged the square-leg umpire to refer it upstairs.

The video replay showed that while Dhoni it grabs the ball in the air, but since it got stuck in the fingertips of the gloves, it touched the ground after the CSK keeper completed the dive. Livingstone, who was then en route to his half-century, was given a lifeline.

Even though Dhoni failed to complete the dismissal, he won the hearts of fans on Twitter, and in the commentary box as former New Zealand cricketer, Simon Doull was heard hailing the former CSK captain for his “honesty”.