New Delhi: In 2011, there was a big controversy between Ian Bell and India in the third Test match played between India and England in Nottingham. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni), who captained that Test match against England, then called Ian Bell back after being run out in awkward conditions. Ian Bell has now made a big statement after 10 years, remembering that incident again.
Ian Bell breaks silence after 10 years
Ian Bell said on a YouTube channel, ‘It was my fault and I should not have gone to the pavilion. Certainly Dhoni was given the honor of the Decade Award for Sportsmanship for this, but the mistake was mine and I did not have to do that. Let us know that after 10 years, Dhoni was awarded the Spirit of the Game of Decet.
What was the whole controversy?
In July 2011, there was a big controversy between India and England over the run-out of Ian Bell in the third Test match played in Nottingham. On the third day of the Nottingham Test, Ian Bell was frozen at the crease with Eoin Morgan. Morgan played a shot on the last ball before the tee break, and Ian Bell, who was batting with him, thought it a four.
Leaving the crease and started talking to Morgan
Ian Bell left his crease in a misunderstanding and started talking to Morgan, but before the boundary line, Praveen Kumar caught and threw it towards Abhinav Mukund. Mukund dispersed the gullies, after which the third umpire gave a runout to Ian Bell on the appeal of the Indian team and the spectators started hooting Team India, considering it a decision contrary to the spirit of the game.
Dhoni called back Ian Bell
During the tee break, England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower met India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and spoke on Ian Bell’s runout case. After this, Dhoni (Dhoni) withdrew his appeal to run out Ian Bell in view of the spirit of the game. After the end of the tee break, Ian Bell got a chance to bat again.
Dhoni received the Spirit of Cricket Award
However, he became the victim of Yuvraj Singh by adding 22 runs and returned to the pavilion for 159 runs. Ian Bell was out of the crease under ICC rules and was given a runout by the third umpire. However, Ian Bell was in the misconception of going to the Chowka and that is why he did not return to the crease. Due to that decision of Dhoni, after 10 years, he received the Spirit of Cricket of the Decade Award for the decade.