ICC Awards 2011 September 12, 2011

Dhoni wins Spirit of Cricket award

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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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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • livinproof 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.

  • Waddle 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.

  • SyedArbabAhmed 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

  • on September 13, 2011, 19:59 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • livinproof 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.

  • Waddle 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.

  • SyedArbabAhmed 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

  • on September 13, 2011, 19:59 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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

  • Shanmughan on September 13, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    All those who hate MSD..Go get a life..!! The way he has stood firm amongst ruins in England has only increased my respect for him..He could so easily have pulled out of the ODI's owing to soar fingers and ankle problems,..He did not..He is a true champ..Man of his word...Never takes a step backward..Kudos captain for the way you have stood tall..!!

  • OliverWebber on September 13, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Let's just remember the circumstances: everyone thought the ball had hit the boundary and was therefore dead. Bell therefore started to walk off; then some of the Indian players thought, hang on, maybe it didn't, and ran him out. Dhoni was asked more than once by the umpires if he wanted to withdraw the appeal and didn't. Senior players in the dressing room, especially Tendulkar and Dravid, apparently persuaded him it would be a good idea. Now (1) even though I think the appeal was wrong, I don't think Strauss and Flower should have gone to the Indian dressing room and (2) I think Dhoni is basically a good guy, but I really don't think this is a shining example of the spirit of cricket - rather it was a case of him realising, eventually, that it would be politically astute to withdraw the appeal. But the BCCI are so over-sensitive about any implied criticism of India that I expect the ICC felt they had to award it to him.

  • alune on September 13, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Good move by Dhoni. @t least he had to show some courtesy to win some hearts as the indian team could not win anything else.

  • sweetspot on September 13, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    To satisfy some people here, India must go to #7 in Tests, #8 in ODIs and BCCI must go broke, using their stadia as collateral to get loans to pay their poor players who can't even afford their uniforms. Guess what? NONE of the above is going to happen. Not as long as India has its massive cricket crazy population and unbelievable TV revenues. Even if India does not play any international cricket, there is enough madness available for BCCI to run 2 IPLs a year and make millions. I don't see any Indian cricketer arrogant in any way. Dhoni maintains a very high standard of dignity and his team keeps it decent for most part. So, if you just hate India, that is YOUR problem, not India's.

  • Bang_La on September 13, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Since ALL awards were not given to India, the brave Indian cricketers (off the field of course) did boycot the ceremony. Bravo!! Nice spirit indeed.

  • on September 13, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @ Kritika Prasad: Honestly, I will consider Dhoni more lucky than being a genius. He is reaping rewards of all the effort and leadership of Sourav. He for me was the best captain India ever had. Secondly, all this Spirit of Cricket award is B.S for me. Cricket is a competitive sport, and each player who comes down to the ground wanna win. Say it for any unfair decisions thanks to human error, well it has been part of the game and should always remain to be the same way. As far as displaying any gesture of good deed, well I honestly question if the game is on the line, and any of the champions will go ahead with it. Thirdly, if anyone deserves this so called Spirit of the Cricket award, it is Jacques Kallis, he for me is a true gentleman when it comes to this game, and time and again, he proved it (not just twice in the world cup when he walked) Last but not least, no one is bashing Dhoni here, most are actually questioning the decisions on part of ICC and rewards to BCCI.

  • on September 13, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @ Kritika Prasad: Honestly, I will consider Dhoni more lucky than being a genius. He is reaping rewards of all the effort and leadership of Sourav. He for me was the best captain India ever had. Secondly, all this Spirit of Cricket award is B.S for me. Cricket is a competitive sport, and each player who comes down to the ground wanna win. Say it for any unfair decisions thanks to human error, well it has been part of the game and should always remain to be the same way. As far as displaying any gesture of good deed, well I honestly question if the game is on the line, and any of the champions will go ahead with it. Thirdly, if anyone deserves this so called Spirit of the Cricket award, it is Jacques Kallis, he for me is a true gentleman when it comes to this game, and time and again, he proved it (not just twice in the world cup when he walked) Last but not least, no one is bashing Dhoni here, most are actually questioning the decisions on part of ICC and rewards to BCCI.

  • Brumby90 on September 13, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    wow, dare to critisize the ICC or State that sub continent teams are being favoured and your remarks are removed. Cricinfo's free speech

  • Basil90 on September 13, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    huh!! that was just a big drama by DHONI to bring back Ian Bell for creating publicity and all that kind of stuff huh...can't believe it.........i think the award should have been given to Andrew Strauss who did the right thing and played within the spirits of the game!!!!!

  • calc_cric_fan on September 13, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    For all Dhoni bashers, you should realize that a captain is only as good as a team. The best example is Ricky Ponting. When players like Hayden, Langer, McGrath, Warne and Fleming are around. He was the best captain winning 2 WCs and many trophies on a trot. With the retirement of these players, Australia looks ordinary now. The same is the case with Dhoni. What can a captain do if his bowlers are not good enough? And for people wishing to confer the award on Sachin, the decision to bring back Bell is the Captain's call in the end. No matter what the other players say, I am sure any aggressive captain would not agree to reverse a fair decision, and Dhoni rightly did not take it back initially (so did the English commentators who considered it Bell's mistake). To reverse that decision is laudable.

  • AidanFX on September 13, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    I mean no disrespect; I notice many are getting defensive here "Dhoni Bashers", but seriously there have been several occasions where Dhoni has complained about the umpiring post match and issues regarding DRP that come to my mind. Surely this award was owing to some one else.

  • Sulaimaan91 on September 13, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    ridiculous to award this to Dhoni, for all his bullish behavior against Daryl Harper within the last year itself and even this incident wasnt something he did instantly.A cheap stunt done to save face during obvious defeat, Kallis deserved it.

  • serious-am-i on September 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    I don't like individual recv. an award, earlier New Zealand won the award so why not give the award to the India rather than to the captain ? @cricinfopak/fakir: so u mean like something they have to give to pak in the name of Aleem Dar at the least each year ? Be serious, give credit when its necessary. @ratedstfu - there is nothing called on force on other team, learn that before u use the term good for nothing. Its a captain's choice, either by consultation with other team members or not. If dhoni stood ground to his choice eng could have done nothing. Period !!!

  • on September 13, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Congrats MSD, Hope Vijay Maliya will not feel bad.

  • aus_sore_losers on September 13, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    however people hate him for being an indian, what he has given to indian and world cricket is beyond comparison... true icon to fans all over the world... admirable how he has kept going despite all odds against in the england... tough times never last, tough people do... Dhoni's time will again come for sure... love you Captain Cool, we are strongly behind you..

  • on September 13, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Dhoni is awesomeness.....!!

  • Shanmughan on September 13, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    I dont think this award is given to Dhoni for Bell incident alone.Dhoni also uphold the spirit of cricket while batting since he always 'walks' if he has hit it and doesnt wait for the umpire's decision..!!

  • imirfan on September 13, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Is this award given on the basis of one incident only

  • on September 13, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    People just needs some reason to let him down, he stands TALL on his own league... Kudos to Dhoni...

  • on September 13, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    It was not BELL who hit the ball to boundary, (Infact dint go to boundary). It was EIon MOrgan

  • on September 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    I am amazed to see why Dhoni bashers are commenting over here! People! Get a life! Stop bashing Dhoni!He is the India's best Captain ever! He has taken the Indian Cricket to so many pinnacles! Be it T20 World Cup, Be it 50 Over World Cup! We stayed on as No1 Test side for over a year! Beat that! Dhoni is a true leader and he proved in the World Cup finals when he promoted himself and came out to bat at no 5 despite being out of form and winning the cup with a lovely six! And he is showing again why he is the Captain Cool of India.. At a time when most of the Senior players are resting and promoting CLT20, Dhoni, is playing and fighting despite Ankle injury and sore hands. True Fighter.. inspiring all the youngsters to fight! Hats off Dhoni! Don't worry we are with you! :)

  • salam-india on September 13, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    ICC must give this award for Indian team not to Dhoni !! he called back after some seniors players asked him to do so !! and Dhoni is a spirit man in his friendship not in cricket..because when indian selecters selected IRFAN for a macth.. Dhoni wants to resing as captain if the Selectors don't select his close friend RP sing!!

  • Naresh28 on September 13, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    India has much talent. Whether its batsman or spinners. Fast bowling needs attention. A challenge would be for Dhoni and Fletcher to ensure there is bench strength in this department. This tour of England has been a nightmare for team India.Sachin may have failed because of declining eyesight. We all seem to forget his greatness by looking at current results. I feel India at home is going to be a handful for England. These ICC awards would not reflect some great talent from India. Dhoni's award is not only for himself but the whole Indian team who play the sport like true gentlemen. We do not bowl to injure and hurt opposition batsman.

  • PSG78 on September 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    I have just been reading all these negative comments, especially from the Pakistani's and the Sri lankans, which is sad, because i haven't seen any of the Indians indulge in any badmouthing whenever the other teams lose.No team in the world is going to win all the time , and sometimes when you lose, you get to learn much more than when you are winning.As far as The Indian team is concerned, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja are the finds so far, the mental toughness of Suresh Raina is laudable, considering he was all at sea in the Test series, Umesh Jadhav, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma, Shreesanth and a few other bowlers should be groomed properly.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Funny to see that some people wanted to be the jury of those awards.

  • on September 13, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Well, I could say I LIKE HIM AS PERSON THAN CRICKETER, HE HAS GOOD HUMAN ATTITUDE TO ENHANCE OTHER SPIRIT!!!!

  • Venoth on September 13, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Dhoni should return the award to ICC. As he himself know that he refused several times to call back Bell. It was few other Indian Seniors who have insisted him to do so. And where did the spirit of the game went on 4th ODI. Both team acted against it.

  • ashvenky on September 13, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Commentator clearly informed during tea Break that Dhoni did not want to take back the appeal when appraoched by Umpires. After Tea we saw Bell walking out. The decision was forced as I understand by Team mebers incluing Sachin.They told MSD that match would be gone anyway but people will talk negative if the team resorted to these kind of unsporting behaviour. hecne Dhoni recalled Bell..... People blindly are admiring Dhoni here and ICC has to butter BCII and Indian team for reasons know to us all!

  • Cric_info_pak on September 13, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    ICC they have to give some thing to indians

  • willsrustynuts on September 13, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Quite right too. Sign of a true champion. From an England fan.

  • on September 13, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    I hate team India for their unjustified arrogance and inability to play well on pitches that do not suit them, but I must admit that even though the ICC awards are a highly biased function, Dhoni deserves this award. Well done.

  • on September 13, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    @Siddharth Iyer - That's right on the money, mate. Some people are looking for reasons to hate India. That doesn't take anything out of India or Dhoni. He has led India to T20 and 50 over WC Triumphs, CSK to CLT20 title and 2 times to IPL title. If these are not achievements, then Please go and 'GET A LIFE!'

    India is still the WC champions and will be there in the history.

  • Ykesh on September 13, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    @Sriguy: Here goes a Sachin fan. Everything that happens good is a consequence of Sachin's involvement, anything bad is because of his absence. Wow? How good is that prejudice? Be fair in judgement man. Dhoni got something to be at the level for so many years - respect that.

  • machan15 on September 13, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    So appealing, then being asked three times if you want to remove the appeal on field counts as 'spirit' eh?

  • satanswish on September 13, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Sangakkara does not deserve award.

  • on September 13, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Its really great to get the this award, especially after the disastrous tour of England. Congrats to Dhoni and his boys.

  • Chrishan on September 13, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Dhoni winning spirit of cricket is the biggest farce ever! Everybody saw his true colours in the last ODI, when India were ahead of the D/L rate how he didn't want to get back on the field once the rain stopped.

  • ian_ghose on September 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Isn't it the same umpire who keeps harping about the Umpiring after every game (and after purposely opposing DRS)? I believe he was even responsible for poor old Darryl Harper's premature retirement. What spirit is it anyways? Where is the spirit when he keeps substituting slow-coach Parthiv Patel for Manoj Tiwary every game, while fileding?

  • on September 13, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    @MeanBeans - Thnx for such a nice comments upon DHONI & INDIA... God bless you too dude!

  • on September 13, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    INDIA HAD LOSS THE SERIES IN ENGLAND BUT WE GOT THE SPRIT OF THE CRICKET AWARD WINNER...

  • starincricket on September 13, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Nothing can not be better award than this "Spirit of Cricket award" won by Dhoni. He has showned on number of times how to act/react on field / off field as a player/leader as captain/representative of indian cricket/human being.. Congrats dhoni.. Well job done.. keep rocking.

  • hakapuu on September 13, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    I am appalled by so many negative comments against dhoni here. For some reason people just love to hate india..bcci and it's players now. Yes india had a pathetic series against the English but read this..they were top of the test rankings during the award period you like it or not..they won the world cup you like it or not...inspite of all this they still didn't win a single award at the awards function except this spirit award and people still think it is not deserved!

  • crickstats on September 13, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    MSD was forced to the decision by Sachin, so it had to be Sachin who go the award

  • on September 13, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Dhoni understands that this is a game after all! I think this attitude has been missing from the character-on-field of players these days. Dhoni plays the game very well too! A complete cricketer! In attitude and in skill!

  • on September 13, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @Faakir...obviously you are not familiar with the term 'spirit'... :)

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 13, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Congratulations to every MSD fans !!! he's the CAPTAIN of CAPTAINS !!! a great leader, wonderful player, total CLASS ACT !! he deserves this award. God bless Dhoni, God bless India !!

  • on September 13, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Dhoni.. has not received Cricketer of the year, Team of the year etc.. Still every Indian is proud of this wonderful award for such a good sportsmanship, he has shown on that day..

  • johnathonjosephs on September 12, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    @jignesh, to be honest, you can't compare laxman's dismissal as it was a legitimate way to get out. Stumping somebody because their feet is in the air (no matter how inadvertent) is still a wicket. Running out somebody who thought it was lunch and went off the field is a little bit more different.

  • Bang_La on September 12, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    what a joke! captain of the most spiritless team is the best selection for spirit in cricket award!

  • on September 12, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    What is spirit of cricket award? Hahaha - they just have to fit india somehow!

  • OliverWebber on September 12, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007 - the booing was because the English fans hadn't been told about Bell's reinstatement. They were angry at what seemed an underhand and unfair dismissal. As soon they found out, they cheered the Indians for their sportsmanship.

  • Bhiku on September 12, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    you all wait my friends let dhoni play few innings like this than u speak. i dont know why you guys cant stomach the fact that dhoni is a true leader a true hero.

  • Zat. on September 12, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    So Dhoni gets the spirit of cricket award for something he reportedly had to be urged to do for a good fifteen minutes by Sachin Tendulkar and a couple of other players? What tosh!

    Well done to the ICC for getting the right occasion. Poor work for rewarding the wrong player.

  • CricFan78 on September 12, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    So which "Wine" did Dhoni get for winning "spirit of cricket" ?

  • on September 12, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    MS Dhoni is surly a great player and a team leader. Congrats!!

  • davidjewsbury on September 12, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    JigneshPatel_007 Booing sports teams isn't racist. Respect to Dhoni and the Indian team for what they did.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 12, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Dhoni's been out-captained by Strauss every step of the way so far, just as Strauss you-captained Ponting etc last year. And Dhoni's lost the test series in a whitewash - if India agreed to play a 5 test series like the Ashes, all would agree it would have been a 5 - 0 whitewash- so does he really deserve this award? Why not give it to a player that has consistently shown good spirit?

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 12, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Dhoni wins award only t lose Test series 4-0

  • BoonBoom on September 12, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Sorry for being so blunt but this is a business decision of ICC. Dhoni by any standard doesn't deserve spirit of cricket award. We have all seen his negative approach for all possible delays in the 4th ODI when India was ahead as per D/L and Dhoni was trying to ein the game..... Is this spirit of cricket???? Cricket has become joke now......

  • cooljack_143 on September 12, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    However India lost the match.

  • Jaggadaaku on September 12, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    I am sure, Strauss would have done something like this if he would have been in situation like this? In the previous series, Laxman got out in similar way, but no one even noticed or reacted. But when English batsman got out in same manner and the whole world knew and reacted and booed on Indian team. Isn't it racism?

  • on September 12, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    icC MEANS INDIA CONTROL INDIA.......... WHO BETTER THAN DHONI THEN// ? SAEED IQBAL

  • Nixe on September 12, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Bell should have been called back then and there after making a point without waiting for the interval to finish. The Indian team should be awarded and not Dhoni personally. He could have made it on his own if he recalled Bell rightaway. Anyway, we all know what happened in the interval and who forced the recall. I have no objection to Dhoni getting lucky but I do not agree with ICC rewarding a "Very Late" sporting recall. In any case, they have bankrupt thinking otherwise Sachin, whose 3 knocks saw India into Final, would not have been left out of the ICC team. In a way, that is for the better. It is certainly below his dignity to associate himself with anything to do with ICC. Let him retire the day he wants to and then let us talk with ICC and their finance comittee after couple of years. That would be very interesting. Not really, when you think of it. It is written on the wall that ICC will loose 50% of it revenue when that happens.

  • on September 12, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    He deserves this award at this moment to lift our team .............i love dhoni

  • ABjuventus on September 12, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    MS dhoni Is a great personality ..its just right now he is down with some luck and some bad performances that INDIAN team is losing ..but as a wise man had said after darkness there will be always a brightness so just wait for that ..it willl be coming ... and for the spirit of the year award he is the man to get it coz he has done more than enough to recall BELL even when india was losing the test match

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    spirit of cricket??? that crybaby dhoni???

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Congrats Dhoni, keep it up, we should show the world that winning is important but not by loosing the spirit of the game...

  • ThKhan on September 12, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Bishoo -- u didn deserve this --- sorry to those who don't like this, but this is my personal opinion

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    MS Dhoni wins Spirit of Cricket award

  • NairUSA on September 12, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Congrats to the man. He deserves it for his maturity. However, like all Indian fans, I hope that he will win an award soon for helping the Indian team to win test matches. One billion fans will be truly ecstatic about such an award for sure.

  • Dilbar786 on September 12, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Really even after what happened in 4th ODI???

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I am not so sure that Dhoni is deserved to be awarded for that award. To be real spirited game he should not have waited till play resumed after the break. Could have call right away. Anyway, congratulations....

  • ratedstfu44 on September 12, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    why ??????? Umpired at first asked dhoni that he is going to recall bell or not, he said no, no , no. But strauss an co. forced him to do that......this is just ...good for nothing

  • PeterCook on September 12, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Well deserved, from an England fan. The humility, dignity and mental strength he has shown is that of a wonderful leader, and a wonderful human being. He did a noble thing recalling Bell, which went way beyond a decision in a test match. It was great for the whole of cricket. Classy man.

  • wiiCricket on September 12, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Is it some sort of an appeasing award? Isn't cricket supposed to be played with spirit all along and isn't it being played like that except for few isolate incidents? How can ICC justify awards like that? Seriously!!

  • cric4lyf on September 12, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    hyahahahah...BCCI inflential awards...thats ridiculous....shame on ICC

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  • cric4lyf on September 12, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    hyahahahah...BCCI inflential awards...thats ridiculous....shame on ICC

  • wiiCricket on September 12, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Is it some sort of an appeasing award? Isn't cricket supposed to be played with spirit all along and isn't it being played like that except for few isolate incidents? How can ICC justify awards like that? Seriously!!

  • PeterCook on September 12, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Well deserved, from an England fan. The humility, dignity and mental strength he has shown is that of a wonderful leader, and a wonderful human being. He did a noble thing recalling Bell, which went way beyond a decision in a test match. It was great for the whole of cricket. Classy man.

  • ratedstfu44 on September 12, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    why ??????? Umpired at first asked dhoni that he is going to recall bell or not, he said no, no , no. But strauss an co. forced him to do that......this is just ...good for nothing

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I am not so sure that Dhoni is deserved to be awarded for that award. To be real spirited game he should not have waited till play resumed after the break. Could have call right away. Anyway, congratulations....

  • Dilbar786 on September 12, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Really even after what happened in 4th ODI???

  • NairUSA on September 12, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Congrats to the man. He deserves it for his maturity. However, like all Indian fans, I hope that he will win an award soon for helping the Indian team to win test matches. One billion fans will be truly ecstatic about such an award for sure.

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    MS Dhoni wins Spirit of Cricket award

  • ThKhan on September 12, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Bishoo -- u didn deserve this --- sorry to those who don't like this, but this is my personal opinion

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Congrats Dhoni, keep it up, we should show the world that winning is important but not by loosing the spirit of the game...