England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Dhoni's move should set an example - Strauss

Andrew McGlashan at Trent Bridge

August 1, 2011

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Ian Bell vents his frustration during the confusion before tea, England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day, July 31, 2011
Andrew Strauss felt that the fact that Ian Bell wasn't trying to take another run was a factor in his defence. © PA Photos
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Andrew Strauss hopes that MS Dhoni's gesture to allow Ian Bell to resume his innings following the controversial run-out, at tea on the third day at Trent Bridge, will prompt other captains to uphold the spirit of cricket.

The series threatened to descend into acrimony when Bell was given out the last ball before the interval, when he started to walk off the field before 'over' was called having thought he'd scored a boundary. He admitted to being naive and stupid, but India themselves had concerns about the situation as they met in the dressing room and were in deep discussion before Strauss and Andy Flower asked them to reconsider.

"It was very commendable that they changed their mind and took back the appeal," Strauss said. "It's one of those circumstances where there are always shades of grey but I think it was good for the game of cricket. In years to come it will be looked upon as a step in the right direction for the game of cricket and hopefully other people will follow those decisions.

"I think one of the things that has set the game of cricket slightly apart from other sports is that you have the opportunity to show some spirit. It's good for the game of cricket going forward and therefore the game of cricket is the better for it."

Strauss has been involved in recalling a batsman to the crease when he allowed Angelo Mathews to resume after he was given run-out following a collision during a Champions Trophy match in 2009. He agreed that, by the Laws, Bell was run-out although he felt that the fact that he wasn't trying to take another run was a factor in his defence.

"When it first happened there was a lot of confusion, and myself and Andy went down to the umpire's room as we just wanted to clarify the situation as regards to the Laws of the game," Strauss said. "We were entirely comfortable that in the strict rules of the game Ian was out. [But] we felt that it was pretty clear that he was just walking off for tea and wasn't attempting a run and so we asked India to reconsider their appeal and then left it at that."

Dhoni confirmed that the Indians had reservations about the dismissal which "didn't feel right" and took the chance to say that more could be done by the game as a whole to uphold the spirit of cricket which he felt wasn't being applied consistently.

"We weren't feeling good at heart," he said. "A similar kind of incident happened in West Indies when VVS Laxman got stumped. After we took the decision we were really satisfied. There are a lot of things where spirit of cricket should be followed. It needs to be equal but it's about what we feel as a team is important.

"If a fielder takes a one-bounce catch he's called a cheat but if a batsman stands after nicking it he isn't," Dhoni added. "Going up to a batsman and swearing isn't in the spirit of cricket. We've seen quite a few things happen. If you want to follow you should follow it 100%."

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Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 13:47 GMT)

Dhoni make a good turn . No matter whats the result of the match. what happened with India. Matter is that Dhoni's make a riy=te decesion. i am with you Dhoni

Posted by WTEH on (August 3, 2011, 2:37 GMT)

Come on Dhoni, what is more important? Your reputation or the team result. What ever the Englishmen say, you should know better that they have double standards when it is close to victory.

Posted by Raja_naveed_khan on (August 2, 2011, 23:16 GMT)

at least indians got something to praise their team

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

In the first innings of the second test match Harbhajan Singh was given out LBW by the umpire when replays clearly showed he edged the ball unto his pads. Stuart Broad and the English team went on to celebrate his hat trick which included a blatantly wrong decision. Where was the spirit of the game then? Andrew Strauss saw the replays and so did all the players on the field along with the management of the English Cricket team. But it was not in the spirit of the game then to withdraw the appeal and prevent Harbhajan and by extension the Indian team from being penalized with an atrocious umpiring decision. Where is the logic? Where is the consistency? By the rules of the game, Bell is out, but the manner of his dismissal is deemed not to be in the spirit of the game so the decision is overturned and he keeps on batting. On the other hand Harbhajan is not out but somehow there is no spirit of the game argument that entitles him to justice. Strauss, Dhoni... are you guys for real?

Posted by Arthaurian on (August 2, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

It was all just so stupid. England have been so ruthless in their recent games, even against India themselves at lords. Why would India give them a helping hand? Why would they feul that ruthlessness? Why would you help them beat you Dhoni? Pardoning Bell on the basis of his own clumsiness/stupidity, in the bad situation India were in already, and then (ICC) painting it over with a large tub of 'spirit of the game' lard made me sick.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

It was clear through TV replay,Bell was thinking of the 4th run clearly ,and he took a initial step towards it by jogging,but he then after presumed it to be a four and then walked away for the tea without coming back in his crease which was against the rule. The only reason I see Dhoni calling him back is that he wanted to earn some respect through this which he is unable to earn with his batting ,captaincy and even keeping.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

Well on one ever will overturning a decision like the one which Dhoni did in near future. If the cricket rules book says it is out then why to overturn. Bell is not on 99 to get disappointed or his wicket made England lose the game. Instead it has ruined Indian team chances of restricting England. Whatever I do not appreciate this gesture at all. Bell simple ran for the 4th ran and Morgan said no. Then he suddenly stopped and instead of going back to his crease, he simple walked towards the other end. It is carelessness and no need of showing any sympathy for such mistakes.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (August 2, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

Not just Dhoni but whole team has decided to reverse the appeal. Don't make him hero and zero next. Let him be a captain of India. Infact looks like Sachin's involvement made Dhoni to change his mind on bell's run-out appeal. What ever good move from team India.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (August 2, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

I beg to differ. I don't think others will follow this or remember this for long. If they were to follow or remember, then why was Vishy's gesture forgotten, that too, by players of the same country that were the original beneficiaries? But since the media is that much stronger in cricket now, this gesture might be noted for that much longer and hopefully forever. Strauss and I can dream as much as we want to about spirit. But at the heat of the moment, nobody remembers for what it is worth. Apologise as much as the mean spirited cricketers might want to, later in the press, or on TV, but the mean spirited act was committed beyond recall. Ain't it Colly, McCullum etc etc.....????

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 15:04 GMT)

if the honorable decision..

Posted by jahrasta on (August 2, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

I really wonder if he (Strauss) would be the same way if the shoe was on the other foot. I highly doubt.

Posted by C.Dila on (August 2, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

if dhoni is real gentlemen or he really respect the spirit of the game he shouldn't appeal the runout .or he could withdraw the runout Decision before leave for tea.this is only Dhoni's drama nothing else.everybody know how much indian players respect spirit of the game........

Posted by knowledge_eater on (August 2, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

Where was your so called 'spirit' when Smith wasn't given a runner, where he was having cramp!? According to rules he is not allowed, but you 'could have'!!! When will Broad and Vaughan apologies to VVS for checking/asking for bat to examine?

Posted by INDRASAI on (August 2, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

ENGLAND agree that INDIA has in the right spirit of the game. But the thing is , have they played in the right spirit of the game? Bell knows that he is out for coming out of the crease before umpire declarig four, so rightly given out. Then why dd he come out to bat again? Panesar is not in the ENGLAND squad for the series but stil he is banned from bowling to SACHIN at nets. IS THIS THE RIGHT SPIRIT OF CRICKET?

Posted by DannoTheManno on (August 2, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

For Strauss to say what the headline says he said is laugable. This is the same man that wouldn't allow a runner for Smith in the world cup. He knows nothing about "the spirit of the game".. and Bell was out, plain and simple. It was a school boy mistake that would get punnished in any club game around the world.

Posted by madras_boy on (August 2, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

Let strauss play in the spirit of the game by taking this as an example. He would have never done this if he had been on Dhoni's situation. Strauss would have gone by the RULE book and would never do in the spirit of the game. Kudos to Dhoni but never accept the words of England captain and former captains saying in the media that Strauss would have done the same. Only exception was the Angelo Matthews appeal but England were already in the comfortable position to win the game. Other episodes include Graeme Smith asking for a runner which was rejected promptly and Elliot was sent off by collingwood which were against the spirit of the game !

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

Irrespective of the circumstances around the run-out, according to the laws of cricket it was out and Strauss has no right to generosity from any other captains because of his own actions in the past - just ask Graeme Smith. I still find it hard to believe that Strauss had the audacity to request the appeal to be withdrawn.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

Cricket is a gentlemen/gentlewomen game. The charm of the game should not spoil at any cost. Dhoni and team, hats off.

Posted by seesaw on (August 2, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

Well Done Mahindra.

As a proud England supporter, your magnimity in retracting India's appeal, has certainly created a precedent that hopefully will be followed by many of the other coutries captains. It is also, in my opinion, a firm step in establishing a decent code of conduct for your governing body BCCI. Well Done again. I salute you and the members of your team.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

whatz the use ? we are not playing like a world cup winning team..

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

Dhoni rocksss....this type of decision will lead for a smooth game sprit

Posted by JustOUT on (August 2, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

Well.. Mr. Strauss, dont include other captains in your statement. You hv to learn a alot when it comes to these stuffs...

Posted by sirvivfan on (August 2, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

Absolute rubbish! Rules are set to be played to. As greats such Michael Holding West Indian stated, Bell was out and that was that. You cannot confuse rules with spirit of play when it suits you to do so. Why was not it not applied to Grant Elliot, Inzimam, 2005 test match when Harmison threw the ball and was given out because he was avoiding being hit and as a result his foot was out of the crease. Theree are more examples. Graeme smith not allowed a runner is another one. The fact of the matter is rules are their to avoid such debate. Also not comfortable with Engalnd team management going asking opposition to reconsider. What precedent does this set!. It can allows for under hand manupilationn. Very dangerous precedent. I can tell you a true No 1 copmpetitive and confident side would not have agreed to this. It was from a weak competitive position that the descion was made. India did nothing wrong. By the way i am England supporter who sees as it is! Riaz

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

England and their supporters are being magnanimous to Dhoni because they got the result they wanted ( Bell being recalled ) . Bell said he made a mistake albeit an honest one . if England and Bell really cared about the spirit of Cricket then He ( bell ) should have given his wicket away immediately upon the resumption in recognition of his honest mistake and honour would have satisfied on both sides much in the same way foot ball sides kick the ball into touch after a stoppage .

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

Collision by batsmen with bowler and then run out happens.It would be great gesture by the bowling team captain if the batsmen is called back and Strauss has rightly down to Mathews.But I think in case of Bell run out,Dhoni was forced to call back Bell because audience booed. It is the only case why Dhoni has overturned the run out decision.Until the ball is dead, no batsman has to come out of the crease. Replays clearly showed that Bell jogged for the 4th run and stopped in the middle of the pitch when Morgan said no.Bails were removed and it was out. In such a situation no captain will recall a batsmen who had scored a century against them. Indian captain in saying that what if Sachin,Dravid would be in Bell situation what is then. To my best of knowledge, the above said players will never committed such mistakes in their long careers.Sachin got run out when he collided with Shoiab in Calcutta test match where India were trying to win.pak capt did not turn his decision & India lost.

Posted by THE.CHAMP.IS.HERE on (August 2, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

Dhoni should set example first by making correct field placement and batting positively.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

I'll tell you whats exactly the true spirit of the game, say, Dhoni took back the appeal and Ian Bell still says, the mistake was mine, i should be OUT. That would have given loads of credits to Bell despite the fact that he had already scored a century.

Posted by Arthaurian on (August 2, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

I would not have saved Ian Bell I'm sorry. Why would I save him for a mistake that he made? I suppose when we ask the question, would Strauss have made the same decision, we first have to ask, would Dhoni have asked Strauss for the decision to be reversed. But I still maintain that Strauss would not have reversed the decision. England have quite clearly adopted a ruthless approach to test cricket recently, showing their opponents no mercy. So why would Dhoni just give them a free handout that instantly backfired? Was he not aware that his team was already on the backfoot? Does he not want to win? Does this series not matter to them? Are they here just to play and see what happens? Do they not have a goal? Yes. Englands intentions are clear, they are playing to win to become #1, India: are just playing. India need to quickly find a focus (master plan), and an unforgiving spirit to achieve that focus. Otherwise they're just sitting ducks, and in England, it's duck season.

Posted by Supremoz on (August 2, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

A very controversial run-out, or rather not out, I must say! Bell should have been watching the final session from the dressing room. It is an absolute carelessness to assume that it was four runs by Bell. And he still did not have to pay for his carelessness. Many people said that Dhoni has shown sportsmanspirit...... Well, did he?

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

grttttt.....noteworthy & praiseworthy....

Posted by mp110 on (August 2, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

"Andrew Strauss hopes that MS Dhoni's gesture to allow Ian Bell to resume his innings following the controversial run-out, at tea on the third day at Trent Bridge, will prompt other captains to uphold the spirit of cricket."

Yes Mr Strauss, so why did you and your players go up so vociferously when Harbhajan got a big inside edge onto pad? You guys would have seen it on the big screen, so why did you not recall Harbhajan?

In addition Mr Strauss, once an umpire has given a decision, it is not for one of your players to engage in an argument with the opposition (Pietersen vs Laxman).

Lets not be selective Mr Strauss!!

Posted by siruskharel on (August 2, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

i think ths aal crdits goes 2 coach n ganguly.................

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

Yes...the example is now set.

The next time a batsman is run out, then they should ask their captain and coach to ask the opponents to withdraw their appeal becuase the batsmen didnt know that the fielder would throw the ball and hit the stumps faster than he could make the run.

This "spirit" of cricket is a sham!!! it only seems to come up when English or Australians dont like it when they are given out.

Posted by ShaheerHamza on (August 2, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

Strauss is not correct, Bell started running initially and then walked to Morgan. How he is pretty clear on that?It was very clear in all clippings.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

nice article for indian cricket team

Posted by truguynese on (August 2, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

This gesture by the Indians probably feels good to some, but for the good of the game in my humble opinion, it is not only regressive but most importantly it undermined the authority of the umpires.If you are adjudged out then please get off the field.How many times a catch is not taken but it is given out? Since when in this glorious game have the players become players/umpires?

Posted by darkamdusias on (August 2, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

This is certainly encouraging. I'm glad that there are still plenty of gentlemen play the gentleman's game.

Posted by knpradeep77 on (August 2, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

hope aussies and south africans see this. when i see any criket related vidoes in internet, ic an see people commenting india as cheaters. but those poeple shoudl understand incidents like this and sachin walking in the world cup etc are just few examples that india is one of the teams having the best sportsman spirit. remember the kirsten being mankaded by kapil dev? every body thinks kapil is at wrong, but they dont see that kapil had warned kirsten three times before not to backup while he is still at his run up. and what kapil did was absolutely legal even if he had done that in the first instance itself, without any warning. but he showed true indian spirit by warning thrice.

Posted by JBKD on (August 2, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

The most interesting moment was when India was playing against Pakistan in an ODI in Lahore in 1989. That was a series decider ODI. This story was told by a an experienced PCB employee who was in the pavilliion at that time. All the Pakistan's major Batsmen were out on a mere total. Pakistan was out for 150 runs. The Imran Khan was so optimistic he was saying all time that we will win this match. But India reached 50 not losing much. He had a cramped and returned to dressing room for treatment. He was still saying "let me get two more wickets I will win this match". When he returned and as a captian he needed wickets so badly, Indian Opener Srikaanth was trapped LBW to Waqar Younis and given out. Srikaanth was crying that it was hit on bat first. Now it was a captain vs captain . The great Imran Khan called him back for another chance. In a shamely manner SriKaanth was caught behind very next Ball and Pakistan went out to win the Match as India Bowled out for 112. Imran Khan is Great..

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

It is well known about English players that they want to win at any cost.Bodyline was a glaring example.Now they have proved that they can go to the extent of begging in the name of sportsman spirit.While Englis people are willing to flout the gamesmanship at their will they want others to behave otherwise for the sake of winning.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 4:57 GMT)

It must set an example for English captains first...

Posted by cecil_bingo on (August 2, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

whole india is proud of u dhoni, after all its a gentlemans game and what dhoni has done is very well appreciated

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 4:10 GMT)

good i like this moved by dhoni,,,

Posted by sachin_forever on (August 2, 2011, 3:10 GMT)

Well totally agree with Dhoni in this regard...but where did so called 'Spirit of Game' go away when Strauss and mainly Andy did not allow Monty to bowl at Sachin in nets...and why were they questioning integrity of hot spot and Laxman (by claiming he might had vaseline on the bat...ridiculous..) when laxman was given not out though DRS..I guess with England it only works one way...

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 2:54 GMT)

There is nothing to compromise......''Mahee'' Dhoni did the right thing as a most respected indian captain in the history of the game.........He has showed a real charactor......of a Captain and the spirit of the game......

Well done ''Dhoni'' well done India......even they lost the game. Big Salute for the professionlism you showed in this game. We knew that India was going to lose this mathc also, The way batted in the 1st ining. SO wish u good luck for the reast of the series. Well done England once again......

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 2:42 GMT)

I don't think i would trust the english to make the same decision that MS Dhoni did. They certainly didnt a few years back when Grant Elliot was run out.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

They should have called bhajji back then too....Prior shouldn't appeal too much then....KP shouldnt sledge Yuvi from Gully then....Common where does spirit of the games goes then?

Posted by landonius on (August 2, 2011, 1:25 GMT)

The correct decision was made to reinstate Bell. But it would have been better had Dhoni made the decision on the field, why did he need to be prompted by Strauss to make the right decision?

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 1:22 GMT)

SImply insane!!! Rules are rules for a reason no one has the right to change them at will

Posted by mohsin9975 on (August 2, 2011, 1:05 GMT)

Bell was definitely looking for the 4th run till the halfway down the pitch. Morgan waved his hand to send him back. But bell turned around nd realised he wudnt make it back. So he ignorantly continued running. Would luv to hear morgans story abt the incident

Posted by   on (August 2, 2011, 1:05 GMT)

Hail Dhoni, and it is a gesture that will be remembered for years to come. Well done.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (August 1, 2011, 23:43 GMT)

I beg to differ. I don't think others will follow this or remember this for long. If they were to follow or remember, then why was Vishy's gesture forgotten, that too, by players of the same country that were the original beneficiaries? But since the media is that much stronger in cricket now, this gesture might be noted for that much longer and hopefully forever. Strauss and I can dream as much as we want to about spirit. But at the heat of the moment, nobody remembers for what it is worth. Apologise as much as the mean spirited cricketer might want to, later in the press, on TV, but the mean spirited act was committed beyond recall. Ain't it Colly, McCullum etc etc.....????

Posted by jackiethepen on (August 1, 2011, 23:32 GMT)

It was Morgan who hit the ball towards the boundary. Did you actually watch it or is this just hearsay? Bell clearly thought the ball had gone to the boundary as did most on the field. The umpire offered the bowler his jersy and Dravid began collecting up the helmets. Bell and Morgan headed off to the pavilion for tea. The stumps were removed speculatively by Dhoni. At that moment he had no idea whether the ball had not touched the boundary. It was found lying next to it but not touching. It took 7 minutes of TV replays before Bell was given "out'.

Posted by cantwaittosee on (August 1, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

Ask Bell 'In the spirit of the game', If Eoin Morgan at the other hand had realized that there was an opportunity for the fourth run and called for it, would Bell have run back to the crease and started the run over? I bet he would have started running from just where he was. Yes, Bell went for the fourth run at some point during his jog. He should have been out.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

honestly, i was also thinking about what happened in those 20 mins. watching live discussions on sky sports, but They (Team India) made me feel proud when i saw Bell is coming out to bat. They have not performed as England but they are playing in great spirit. With Sehwag, Gambhir and Zak back in line up, I can see few wins for Indian team. Go India go :)

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 22:31 GMT)

if it was the other way around it would never happen

Posted by rattoir on (August 1, 2011, 22:26 GMT)

Yeah Strauss should take a look at himself and his team - Bratty Broad, not allowing Smith a runner, Bell nicking one in Sydney then asking for a referral to get away with it. Swann's humble sprinkler dance. Sending bowlers off to get massages and sending in a gun 12th man to field...all in the spirit of cricket that.

Posted by VickGower on (August 1, 2011, 22:05 GMT)

Strauss said: "We were entirely comfortable that in the strict rules of the game Ian was out. [But] we felt that it was pretty clear that he was just walking off for tea and wasn't attempting a run and so we asked India to reconsider their appeal and then left it at that." False. Bell was ambling in for a fourth for half the pitch.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

It was very cheeky to clip the bails off in the first place after Kumar's body language had signalled a boundary. He took like 10 secs to get up, look around and return the ball. It was a good gesture in the end by Dhoni, but shouldn't have gone that far in the first place.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 21:41 GMT)

I'm an English supporter but Yeah and lets hope its a lesson for you too Andrew Strauss. It wasn't long when you didn't allow Graeme Smith a runner when he had cramps.

I'm sick of these bias acts from English players. Worst example is the bodyline series and everyone knows that. It seems like its always the visiting countries showing you the meaing of "This ain't cricket" term. It is sporting as far as it's done by the other country, specially when their team is down. I would like you to do that when you are not in command of the match. Bravo to Dhoni for this.

On a separate note, England deserves to be No.1. There is no match. Probably its India playing outside India showing the expected problems. Their attitude is to be blamed. I don't think there is a definite No. 1 Test team at the moment.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

Nice gesture Dhoni. At least that counts because the cricket played by India so far doesn't.

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