Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gets the Spirit of the Cricket award

Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is the only player from the World Champions team to have won the ICC Annual Awards 2011. He won the Spirit of the Cricket award for calling back England batsman Ian Bell in the Trent Bridge Test.

He was selected for this award for showing the right spirit in agreeing to allow Ian Bell to continue his batting despite he was run out in controversial circumstances during the second Test at Trent Bridge in July.

NDTV SPORTS reported:

On what was the last ball before tea on the third day, Bell hit the ball towards the boundary. He mistakenly thought it had gone for four, 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 appreciative Nottingham crowd.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni not only brought success for his country but also he and his teammates showed the right spirit after allowing Ian Bell to continue batting. Other players should learn from him.