London, Aug 2(ANI): Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was reportedly the key figure in persuading captain M.S. Dhoni to reinstate England’s Ian Bell after the century-making batsman’s bizarre run-out on the third day of the Trent Bridge Test.
According to the Sun, Tendulkar smooth talked his team into observing the spirit of the game.
“The master batsman stepped into Sunday’s row and prevented an international cricket incident,” the report said.
“Tendulkar was the major voice in the decision and Dhoni wanted the dismissal to stand,” it added.
After the last ball of the afternoon session, Bell left his crease to head back to the pavilion for tea.
But the umpires hadn’t called for the break, so when India’s Abhinav Mukund removed the bails, Bell was technically out.
During the break, Team India decided to reinstate the English batsman, in a move hailed as a noble piece of sportsmanship that upheld the ‘spirit of cricket’. (ANI)