London: A shot, a run, a hit and an out. It all came to nothing on the field but much off it, as India skipper MS Dhoni withdrew a successful appeal against Ian Bell a ball before tea on Day 3 of the second Test. The gesture was cheered by spectators and well appreciated even by the Indian Sports Minister Ajay Maken and the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The incident unfolded when Eoin Morgan hit a shot which looked like it had reached the fence, thanks to a comical attempt in the field by Praveen Kumar. The throw came back in and while it was assumed a break for tea, the bails were knocked off and the Indian fielders went up in appeal as Bell was outside the crease. The matter was referred to the third umpire and he declared Bell out as the umpires had not officially called for tea.
The loud hooting from the spectators turned to applause when Bell came out after the break and it was revealed that Dhoni had decided to withdraw the appeal. The gesture was spoken highly by the television commentators and the crowd stood up to applaud both Bell and Dhoni.