Where is the spirit of game?
Bell, after completing the third run off a shot by Eoin Morgan on the final ball before the tea break walked off the crease, assuming that the ball had crossed the boundary and went to Tea where Tea had not been called.
But Praveen Kumar made a diving effort at boundary and threw the ball to Abhinav Mukund who clipped the bails at the striker’s end. Bell was well aware of his folly but pretended that he didn’t know what had happened. Bell was dozy and he knew it. He saw Praveen Kumar’s reaction on the boundary and thought it had gone for four. He even appeared to give the indication that it had gone for four to Eoin Morgan.
But crucially the umpire had said nothing. He did not call four and he did not call tea. When the bails were taken off and Bell turned round to see what was happening he knew he had made a mistake. It seems like actually played the situation very well. He knew he had messed up but outwardly gave a very cool impression of not really knowing what all the fuss was about. The England players telling him to come off the field quickly and he did his best to get back to the pavilion. When he was given out, Bell blaming everyone which led to the crowd’s booing had unnerved the Indian camp.
Bell not only cheated but also let down his country.
Story of cheating in cricket:
- When Tendulkar was adjudged LBW after being Hit on the helmet in Australia.
- When VVS Laxman was given out in West Indies
- When England players checked VVS’s bat, where was the spirit of the game.
- Despite VVS clearly saying that he has not knicked the ball and on field umpired conforming it, Strauss went in for a review was that in the spirit of the game.
- Where was the spirit of game when Ricky Ponting took a catch and claimed a wicket which was given out by on-field umpired but later was seen that the catch was not cleanly taken.
- Ian Bell agreeing that he was technically out, why did he come out to bat, where was his spirit of the game. If IAN BELL new he was out then he should have accepted the umpire’s verdict. Fortunately none of the umpire was from India. It is ridiculas that the English team and their manager approached Duncan Fletcher and M S Dhoni to find out if they would reconsider their decision.
England in this case certainly not playing by rules or spirit of the game. I guess its only Indian played the game in the right spirits UNFORTUNALY cheated by england cricket team .