Probably the most profitable captain within the historical past of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni was picked because the winner of the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the last decade. Dhoni pipped the likes of Kane Williamson, Mahela Jayawardene, Brendon McCullum and others to bag the award for his choice to recall former England batsman Ian Bell following a controversial run out in the course of the India-England Check sequence in 2011.
The incident befell within the afternoon session on Day 3 of the second Check at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Bell, batting on 137 hit a shot, and following an assumption that the ball was headed in direction of the boundary, went as much as Eoin Morgan for a chat. Whereas he was doing so, Praveen Kumar threw the ball from the deep and Abhinav Mukund took the bails off.
Bell was controversially given run out for being outdoors his crease because the tea break was introduced and the Indian staff went off to a spherical of boos by the group. Nevertheless, as soon as play resumed within the ultimate session, Bell walked out to bat. It was later revealed by Rahul Dravid that in the course of the tea interval, Dhoni had retracted the enchantment, prioritising grace over gamesmanship.
“There was a staff dialogue in the course of the tea interval, Dhoni and Fletcher convened the assembly, and Dhoni led it. There was a sense of unanimity that we should always reinstate Bell as a result of the spirit of the sport was essential, and that getting him out in that manner would contravene the spirit,” Dravid stated.
Bell added one other 22 runs earlier than he was out caught within the slips by Yuvraj Singh for 159. Bell admitted that he was naive and ‘a bit silly’ in the entire incident. “I take among the blame. To stroll off was very naive, a bit silly. Trying again, it was in all probability a bit naive on my half to mechanically stroll off however the precise choice has been made for the great of the sport,” Bell had stated.
“I put my bat down after the third run and it regarded like we have been simply meandering off for tea. Turning round, the umpire took his jumper out and began to stroll in direction of the bowler and all of it simply regarded prefer it was going in direction of tea. We have been each a bit shocked, we didn’t actually realise what had occurred till we have been midway off.
“I didn’t know till the final minute that I’d be going again out once more however the best way it’s been dealt with has been implausible and within the spirit of the sport. I’ve realized lots of classes. I gained’t ever do this once more.”