MS Dhoni wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade! The ICC stated that the former India captain was chosen by fans unanimously for his gesture of calling back England batsman Ian Bell after a bizarre run out in the Nottingham Test in 2011.
MS Dhoni wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade: In a tweet on Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) bestowed the honour upon Dhoni.(Courtesy: Twitter / ICC)
MS Dhoni wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade! Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has bagged the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade.
In a tweet on Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) bestowed the honour upon Dhoni.
Ian Bell run out incident involving MS Dhoni — What really happened
In the 2011 England vs India Second Test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on the last ball before tea on the third day, Eoin Morgan played an Ishant Sharma delivery on to the leg side and sensed that the ball ‘almost’ caressed the ropes. Praveen Kumar put in a valiant dive to stop the ball a few inches before the boundary line, but the batsmen assumed it was a four and bumped gloves and shut shop for tea. Only for Praveen Kumar to thunder the ball into MS Dhoni’s gloves who passed it on to Abhinav Mukund and the bails were promptly dislodged.
Umpire Asad Rauf radioed the third umpire to confirm if Kumar had indeed stopped it clean — only to find that the ball hadn’t actually crossed the boundary, hence Ian Bell ought to have been adjudged run out as per the rules. Ian Bell protested vehemently, commentators and pundits argued through the tea break. Even England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower met with Dhoni and Indian coach Duncan Fletcher during the break. MS Dhoni conferred with the team and decided to withdraw the appeal!
ICC Awards: International Cricket Council Top Honours for the Decade – Other Highlights
India captain Virat Kohli bagged the Sir Garfield Sobers award for the best male cricketer of the past 10 years. Kohli was also adjudged the ODI Cricketer of the Decade — he scored 66 out of his 70 international hundreds, in the “ICC Awards” period.
Australian batting ace Steve Smith bagged the Test Cricketer of the Decade.
Afghanistan’s star leggie Rashid Khan won the T20 Cricketer of the Decade.
Australia’s Elysse Perry swept the women’s awards, securing the ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade honours alongside ODI and T20 Cricketers of the Decade award.