Australia vs India: Adam Gilchrist's reaction on air after watching MS Dhoni's short run

Australia vs India: Adam Gilchrist’s reaction on air after watching MS Dhoni’s short run

The match ended with four balls to spare and there was no controversy eventually.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While many are lauding MS Dhoni for bringing his finishing skills to the fore in Adelaide which helped India level the series, the fact that the veteran ran a run short has gone unnoticed. So much was the focus was on Dhoni during the game as well that even the on-field umpires didn’t notice that the batsman had didn’t ground his bat while completing a single in the dying stages of the match.

Things were poised interestingly after 44 overs in the chase and the 45th over saw MS Dhoni launching Nathan Lyon into the stands. Having already scored enough in the over, he tapped the ball to the long-on and literally walked for a single. The over ended as the umpires also changed their side and both the batsmen got together in the middle to discuss the strategy further.

But Dhoni, not deliberately, of course, didn’t touch his bat to the ground and even his leg wasn’t inside the crease. He simply returned to have a chat with his partner Dinesh Karthik and later the replays showed that he was short of his ground.

Gilchrist worries about repercussions

Meanwhile, Adam Gilchrist, who was commentating on air in the game, expressed his concerns after a couple of overs of the incident. With India needing 25 off 18 deliveries, he sensed a close finish and felt that the short-run might become the centre of controversy if the game goes down to the last ball.

“In Lyon’s last ball of his spell, MS Dhoni chipped him to the onside and straight away said there is no need for any pushing there because I have already hit him for six earlier in the over. Then the over was called and nothing touched the ground there. So this will be interesting with India requiring 25 off 18 and it was in the 45th over, so I wonder if we will hear anything more about that should this go down to the wire,” Gilchrist said.

Eventually, MS Dhoni managed to hit a six in the final over and then took a single to seal the deal with four balls to spare. The missed short run from the umpires didn’t cause any trouble to the match-officials thankfully and the focus, going into the decider, is solely on cricket.

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