Brisbane, Feb 21: Sachin Tendulkar showed how the game has to be played when he made India's stand-in captain Virender Sehwag withdraw a run out appeal during the India-Sri Lanka tri-series game at the Gabba on Tuesday.
Tendulkar, who owns most of the batting records, needs to be commended for his gesture when the Sri Lankan left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne was clearly out according to the rule book. Tendulkar has been a fine ambassador of the game and he set an example again today.
Yes, the game needs to be played according to the laws but there is the spirit of the game to be upheld and Tendulkar showed the world how it is done.
The incident happened in the 40th over of the Sri Lankan innings, where offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin "Mankaded" Thirimanne after the batsman was backing up at the non-striker's end.
As Ashwin was about to bowl, he noticed Thirimanne out of the crease and broke the stumps. He appealed instantly to Australian umpire Paul Reiffel. However, the umpire delayed his decision and went straight to his colleague Billy Bowden of New Zealand at square-leg.
Both umpires consulted each other before calling Sehwag. A brief conversation amongst the three was followed by the arrival of Tendulkar there.
Tendulkar told Sehwag to withdraw the appeal and the captain obliged. The game moved on but Thirimanne continued to make the mistake of leaving the crease before the bowler had delivered the ball.
Cricket is a gentleman's game and Tendulkar showed the true side of the game.
During the India-England Test series last year, Tendulkar had been in a similar role as he was instrumental in recalling Ian Bell following a run out controversy in the last ball of the over before the tea interval at Trent Bridge. ICC gave the "Spirit of Cricket" award for captain MS Dhoni for the Bell incident.
According to the Law No. 42.15, it says: "The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon possible."
This law was amended last year when the ICC Cricket Committee decided to punish batsmen taking unfair advantage leaving the crease. This came into effect from October 1, 2011.
Earlier, bowlers used to warn batsmen leaving the crease and there have been seven instances of such dismissals, famously brought into the game by Indian left-hander Vinoo Mankad at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in 1947. Mankad ran Bill Brown out in that Test match. After this, such dismissals famously came to be known as "Mankaded."
Another Indian, Kapil Dev got Peter Kirsten of South Africa, out in this fashion in 1992.
List of "Mankaded" dismissals in Tests and ODIs
1. Bill Brown by Vinoo Mankad, India vs Australia, Sydney, 1947-48
2. Ian Redpath by Charlie Griffith, Australia vs West Indies, Adelaide, 1968-69
3. Derek Randall by Ewen Chatfield, England vs New Zealand, Christchurch, 1977-78
4. Sikander Bakht by Alan Hurst, Pakistan vs Australia, Perth, 1978-79
1. Brian Luckhurst by Greg Chappell, England vs Australia, Melbourne, 1974-75
2. Grant Flower by Dipak Patel, Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, Harare, 1992-93
3. Peter Kirsten by Kapil Dev, South Africa vs India, Port Elizabeth, 1992-93