If the Spirit of Cricket were a kite, then we all know who should be holding the strings, sending it soaring into the stratosphere.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni made Indians (and connoisseurs of the game) proud with his decision to rescind the contentious appeal made against Ian Bell at the break of tea on the third day of the third Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday, the 31st of July, 2011.
The contrast between the two sides was not more readily apparent than last evening.
One side has gone to town with allegations about ‘bat-fixing’ with Vaseline to fox ‘Hot-Spot’, the other exhibited that the spirit of the game was more important than winning at all costs.
What he said:
“New Estee Lauder moisturisers for my skin have made a big difference.”
Shane Warne on his new rejuvenated appearance.
What he definitely didn’t mean or say:
“It’s better than using old-fashioned Vaseline on the ball. It’s two for the price of one.”
“They’re actually borrowed from Liz (Hurley). I feel I need it more than her.”
“Estee Lauder have requested me to be their product spokesperson. (At least, not yet.)”
“I can’t say I’m looking older, can I? Never turn away a compliment, my mother always told me.”