Melbourne: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been drawing flak for his captaincy after the back-to-back Test defeats to England but his admirers for calling Ian Bell back from being ruled run-out has kept increasing, with veteran Australian batsman Ricky Ponting joining the list.
Ponting, who is in Sri Lanka for a full tour, was impressed with Dhoni's sportsmanship during the second Test at Trent Bridge, when the England batsman walked off believing it was tea and was then run out. "The right outcome has been met (with Bell's recall), which is what you want to see in the game. That's a good sign for international cricket," Ponting said.
Ponting reckoned that Dhoni is a different captain than Anil Kumble who led the Indian side during the acrimonious tour of Australia in late 2007 and early 2008, which was marred by the racial row involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds.