Nottingham: England captain Andrew Strauss lauded his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni for upholding the spirit of the game by recalling Ian Bell to the crease after the batsman was declared run-out in bizarre circumstances in second Test here.
"In years to come it will be looked up as a step in the right direction, and hopefully other people will follow it," said Strauss about Dhoni's decision to withdraw the run out appeal against Bell on Sunday. (Also see: Gentlemen vs the game)
"Myself and Andy (Flower) went down to the umpire's room as we wanted to clarify the situation. We felt it was clear he wasn't attempting a run and so we asked India to reconsider their appeal and then left it at that.