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Disturbed by Spidercam, Dhoni calls for balance

Not too happy with the use of overhead 'Spidercam' during the ODI series against Australia, India's limited-over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called for a balance in the usage of such technology so that it doesn't interfere with the on-field action. During the fifth ODI, India were denied a boundary in the 19th over when Virat Kohli's shot off John Hastings had hit the spidercam, prompting the umpires to declare it a dead ball. Though it didn't have any bearing on the result as India chased down a 331-run victory target to clinch the final ODI by six wickets but Dhoni said such intrusion can affect the results of close contests.

"I am quite a traditional guy. Anything that disturbs the game of cricket I don't like it," Dhoni told reporters after India won the fifth one-dayer to avoid a whitewash. "It all started right from the Twenty20 where people would be like, 'Why don't you wear a mic?', 'Why don't you wear a camera?'

"I always feel there is always a need for a balance. At the end of the day, it's a spectators' sport, people watching on television, but at the same time four runs can really matter, especially when it's a 310-320 game, those four runs can be crucial,” he said.
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