The Great Run-Out Saga, in the History of Cricket.
Team India were playing a tough cricket.They were in search of a wicket which was much needed for the team as England were in commanding position. Just then then run-out incidence took place.
The Great Run-Out Saga:-
It was the last ball before Tea. Ian Bell was batting at (137). He misjudged the ball going to
fence as a boundary, later he realized it was not a boundary and ran for the
fourth run and M.S.Dhoni dislodged the bails and had appealed for a Run-out and eventually third umpire gave it a run
out, which was absolutely right as per the laws of Cricket and Dhoni had every right to appeal for the run-out and the decision was given by the umpire. There was no way he could be questioned about it, but there certainly were few questions which came up that was Bell really running for the Fourth One or he was actually walking to the pavilion since it was a last ball and it was time for the Tea-break.
The appeal that was withdrawn:-
When the play resumed after the tea, the Indian Team were booed by the England crowd but when the crowd saw Bell walking in to bat, they applauded and cheered for the Indian Team. The decision could be overturned only on the basis of the appeal being withdrawn. During the tea interval, Englan Captain Andrew Strauss and Coach Andy Flower had asked Dhoni that if he could withdraw the appeal willingly, to which the Indian Team Captain readily agreed and hence the decision was made and Bell walked into bat after tea.
It was a very good decision made by M.S.Dhoni to withdraw run-out the appeal against Bell. Not many Teams would do that specially when you are on verge of another loss and it was for a batsman who was in terrific form batting on after making a century. Many could say that Dhoni took off the bails and appealed knowing well that Bell is going off for tea and not running a 4th but I will look at it the other way round. Due to this decision, Team India won the heart of many fans in England and also that of the English Cricket Team.
The decision that would be remembered for ever:-
Even if India will lose the series towards the end, which we all hope that they wont lose, it will be like a series won. It also did not do much damage to the scorecard as Bell added just another 22 runs and took his score to 159 after being called back in the run-out incidence. Had Dhoni not withdrawn the appeal, many things might have been said against him and the Team. Even though as mentioned above that Dhoni might have done it knowingly that it was end of session and Bell might not have actually ran for the Fourth Run and he appealed for the run-out, his decision to withdraw the appeal of run-out against Bell makes Team India feel Proud and India has set an example for other Cricket playing Countries around the world.
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