ICC Awards 2011 September 12, 2011

Dhoni wins Spirit of Cricket award

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni, the India captain, has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for his decision to recall Ian Bell after his controversial run-out during the Trent Bridge Test. Dhoni was unavailable to collect his award, though the Indian team was present in England.

"While the initial appeal and umpire decision were correct to the letter of the law, the decision by Mahendra and his team to withdraw the appeal shows great maturity," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said. "To see players and officials uphold the great spirit of cricket, which has underpinned the game for more than a century, is very special."

Bell hit the last ball before tea on the third day in Nottingham towards the boundary. Having wrongly thought it had gone for four, Bell left his crease and headed towards the pavilion assuming the session was over and the ball dead. Meanwhile the ball, which had not reached the rope and therefore was still in play, was returned to the middle, the bails removed and Bell was correctly given run-out.

Upon reflection during the tea interval and following a request from the England team, Dhoni withdrew the appeal and recalled Bell thus turning boos into cheers from the Nottingham crowd.

Dhoni's gesture was voted as the winner ahead of that of South Africa's Jacques Kallis, who walked on two occasions during the World Cup after clarifying with opposition fielders directly that they had caught the ball cleanly, rather than waiting for the umpires to decide. Last year, the award had gone to the New Zealand team.

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  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    I thought Bell should not have been allowed to bat, again. The umpires called it out. The rule book says it is out. Where does the spirit come in? It was a ghastly decision.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    And the last thing we want is suggestions from the English fans. The England team does not even come close to "s" of spirit, let alone playing in the spirit of the game. We Indians do remember the nasty tricks and comments "bestowed" upon our players by your "spirited" players and retired Vaughn and Naseer. @Oliver Webber.. The last people to get the spirit of the game award would be any English player.We can never forget the Vaseline incident, Donkey incident, injuring Rohit Sharma , bizarre appeals and Dravid dismissals. Why couldn't both your captains, Cook and Strauss come out in press and admit about Broad's wrong and childish calls? Err.. at least in the spirit of the game!

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    @shanmuguhan couldnt agree more rahul was test fighter and he has fought from 21 lords test bowling and will fight til 16 sep he has been the fighter he has done evrything he could he will be rewarded

  • Drew on September 14, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    The headline is an oxymoron. Unless slow over rates, over appealing and publicly criticising umpires into retirement while simultaneously refusing to adopt a referral system proven to provide more accurate decisions were the criteria the ICC/BCCI considered before handing out the spirit of cricket award.

  • Dave on September 14, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Tony Greig was wrong in 1974 (the Kallicharran incident) and MS Dhoni was wrong in 2011. The appeal against Bell should never have been lodged. Praveen Kumar's body language in returning the ball was a clear indication that he thought it was a four. Running people out because they think it's tea - or stumps - is out of order - remember Dravid was walking off with two helmets in his hands when the ball came in. It was a clear sign of desperation from the Indian team and, to my mind, was an indication of their scrambled state of mind at the time. Suffice to say, I don't see the recall as a great act of sportsmanship.

  • Syed Arbab on September 14, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Dhoni wins Spirit of Cricket award and he and his team was absent from the ICC awards, which was nothing but bad spirit

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    this award is something to make satisfy indian team..just nothing...

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    @serious-am-i: Really? That's admirable wit from you. Challenging ALEEM DAR of all people! Thanks for the humour! People don't need ICC to tell them he's the best! Alhamdulillah!

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    @Syed Umaid. I have utmost respect for Sourav Ganguly. He was a great Captain. But give credit to Dhoni were due. If Ganguly was such a good captain, why Did IPL team KKR fail for consecutive three years? Whereas under Dhoni's captaincy, Chennai Super Kings have won IPL two times and CLT20 one time. Even the international players under his IPL team consider him as a great leader.

    As for luck, Luck may favor you for say just 1% time of you life, but rest they say, is your sheer hard work and dedication. Luck alone can't make or break a person. And its Dhoni's hardwork that he has risen from a poor ticket collector from Ranchi to a Captain who has taken Indian Cricket to great heights. Being an Indian, please appreciate his deeds instead of marking two great Captains against each other. Ganguly himself considers Dhoni as a great Captain.Each have their own style of leadership. If Ganguly was aggressive, Dhoni is a Cool Captain.

  • Arvindh on September 13, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    @Bang_la Are frustrated that loser award was not given to Bangladesh. Even Zimbabwe is coming good.

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