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Great sportsmanship by India's cricketers.

This is with reference to the second test match between India and England.

India made a poor show and were thoroughly beaten. The nature of the game can be summed up in the commentary when Sreenath entered the field to face the inevitable.

The commentator said the England captain was confused about how to set the field as he didn't know how Sreenath was going to play, neither did Sreenath.

India were outplayed in all departments except game spirit. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to recall Bell to bat again was a generous act in line with the game's spirit. It was not uncommon in those days as Gundappa Viswanath and Gary Sobers recalled opponent batsmen despite the umpires giving them out.

In the present day when the spirit is lost in all the sports, a decision such as this is commendable and will be remembered.

He was rightly honoured by the spectators who gave them more applause when he commented on the incident during an interview than for the England captain.

Sidney Ponniah

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Date:Aug 7, 2011
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