Allowing Bell to bat again was right: Dravid

Published: Monday, August 1, 2011, 2:00 [IST]
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Trent Bridge, Aug 1: Rahul Dravid today said that the Indian players "didn''t feel right" after Ian Bell was controversially given run out on day three of the second Test against England here and the decision to call the batsman back was a collective one.

"If the laws of the games are strictly adhered to, he probably was out. But in the spirit of the game it didn't think right. (Skipper Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and the team felt the right thing to do was to ask him to bat again," Dravid said.

The incident happened when 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.

But Praveen Kumar made a diving effort at boundary and threw the ball at Abhinav Mukund who clipped the bails at the striker''s end.

The Indians appealed and the batsman was given out after replays has shown that the ball had not crossed the boundary.

But, in a magnanimous gesture, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni withdrew his appeal against Bell at the tea break, allowing him to bat again.

Crossed at the rather unusual mode of dismissal, the home crowd booed the Indian players, only to be cheered later for their gesture.

Dravid revealed that at the tea break, coach and captain of England, Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss came over to the Indian dressing room and met Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni for a meeting that initially had a sense of awkwardness.

"I don't know the details of the meeting. But later Dhoni led the team meeting where the issue was discussed and there was unanimity that we should reinstate Ian Bell. We have to take his (Bell's) word for it that he wasn''t attempting a run."


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