Home > News >

MS Dhoni is a serial offender of spirit of cricket: Daryl Harper

MS Dhoni is a serial offender of spirit of cricket: Daryl Harper

Daryl Harper retired from umpiring in 2011 © Getty Images

Mumbai: Mar 18, 2013
 
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) umpire Daryl Harper believes that Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a “serial offender” in terms of ignoring the spirit of cricket.

Harper opines that Australia captain Michael Clarke is among the many cricketers who play the game in true spirit.

“In recent times, only one national captain has been guilty of ignoring the Spirit of cricket…and MS Dhoni is a repeat offender”, Harper told The Lahore Times.

The former Australian umpire also expressed his views on the incident which took place on the first ball of India’s first innings in the Mohali Test, where the ball slipped out of Mitchell Starc’s hand and went on to hit the non-striker’s wickets, and Shikhar Dhawan was out of the crease.

None of the Australian cricketers appealed for the wicket and even Dhawan laughed it off, looking towards the Indian dressing room.

Talking about the incidence, Harper said, “A batsman can retire at any time of the game, but Dhawan would have been guilty of not knowing the Laws of the game if he had walked from the field of his own accord. Quite clearly, the ball was accidentally dropped from the bowler’s hand. The ball immediately became ‘dead’ so if Dhawan had walked off, his action would have been totally bizarre.”

“Australian players may not have appealed because they were aware of the Laws of cricket. If the bowler accidentally drops the ball in his run up, the umpire should call and signal dead ball immediately,” he added.

“The fact that Dhawan had already taken an unfair advantage by leaving his crease before the bowler had released the ball, did not matter at all in this instance. The ball was dropped accidentally so nothing else that happens after that matters,” Harper stated.

Explaining Australia’s tradition of playing tough cricket and keeping things fair, Harper said, “It is part of the culture of Australian cricket to play the game hard and to try to win, but it is frowned upon to take an unfair advantage over anyone. Advantages must be hard-earned and generally the result of skill but occasionally good fortune.”

“If this situation had been incorrectly adjudicated, there is no way that the Australian team would have pursued an appeal for a Mankad. It is just not cricket. I am confident that Michael Clarke would not have taken advantage in such a situation.”

“In my experience, Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori, Darren Sammy, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Graeme Smith are other captains who would not have played outside the spirit of the game. None of the above group would have initially allowed Ian Bell to have been ruled as run out at Trent Bridge in 2011, before a team meeting and discussion during the tea interval later determined to withdraw the appeal. None of the same group would have allowed Johnny Bairstow to have been given out caught by Gautam Gambhir in Mumbai in 2012 after it was confirmed that the ball had deflected from the fielder’s helmet,” he said. 

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014  at Raipur

NK won by 33 runs (D/L method)

Photos

KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 2 CLT20 2014

Videos

Kane, Devcich praise each others knock

Live Cricket Score Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions CLT20 2014: KKR labour to 4 wicket win

CLT20 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions (LL), Match 7: 5 key battles

Before Mitchell Marsh, Surinder Amarnath had hit sixes off last two balls to win a match in England

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014: Highlights

CLT20 2014: Mitchell Marsh stakes his claim for a spot in Australia’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad with late blitz for Perth Scorchers against Dolphins

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins Hobart Hurricanes Incheon Asian Games India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Lahore Lions

Gautam Gambhir is a very good captain: Ryan ten Doeschate

Former England, South Africa cricketers part of team to play world’s highest game

CLT20 2014: In-form Northern Knights face upbeat Hobart Hurricanes

CLT20 2014: KKR look to do well in atleast two departments, says Suryakumar Yadav

Michael Clarke dismisses suggestions of quitting one-day cricket

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Key Battles

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: CSK’s likely XI

Jalaluddin takes first ODI hat-trick

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Dolphins’ likely XI

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shows he is one for the future

Fan of the Day

Cyrus Irani

Cyrus Irani

770 Posts | 24 Fans

Italy 0 Costa Rica 1 Full Match Highlights and Goals Video: FIFA World Cup 2014 Match 24

Bigg Boss 8 style stalking: Salman Khan’s love for sequinned jackets continues!

संयुक्त राष्ट्र के द्वारा इबोला अभियान की घोषणा

Health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Huma Qureshi: Ayushmann Khurrana’s Mitti di khushboo song is sweet!

Indian spacecraft enters Martian sphere of influence

Telecom merger and acquisition guidelines need to be reworked: TRAI Chairman

Isro’s Mangalyaan enters Mars’ sphere of influence

Seat-sharing row: Why is Shiv Sena not compromising with BJP in Maharashtra?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here