“Clearly Dhoni is above the game, but his history of disrespect for the game continues to build,” said Harper, his tone dripping with sarcasm. -Photo by AP

Mumbai: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a blatant offender of the Spirit of Cricket, alleges former ICC umpire Daryl Harper who believes England’s middle-order batsman Jonny Bairstow was not out when his catch, deflected through Gautam Gambhir’s helmet, was held by the fielder.

Speaking exclusviely from Adelaide Oval, where he was witnessing the last day’s play between Australia and South Africa Test match, he said: “New accolades for M.S. Dhoni, the India skipper refused to withdraw an appeal when replays clearly showed that the ball had made contact with Gambhir’s helmet before he completed a catch to dismiss Bairstow.”

“It is a clear breach of the laws of cricket and any national captain worth his weight in salt would have immediately withdrawn the appeal and allowed Bairstow to continue his innings. But Dhoni is a repeated offender when it comes to ignoring the Spirit of Cricket,” lamented Harper.

“After the first Test, didn’t Dhoni make a thinly veiled disparaging remark about the umpires when he claimed that India had been forced to take more than ten wickets in England’s second innings?” asked Harper. “In Jamaica in 2011, this was the same captain who mumbled something obscure about being back in his hotel room earlier if the correct decisions had been made! What does the Spirit of Cricket mean when it refers to respect for opponents, officials and the game?

“Clearly Dhoni is above the game, but his history of disrespect for the game continues to build,” said Harper, his tone dripping with sarcasm.

“For refusing to allow Bairstow to continue, I expect that Dhoni will now be felicitated for his gesture. Maybe it will be an MBE; Member of the Bullies Empire or simply an OBE; Often Belligerent to Everyone. After all, MS Dhoni is the Indian captain and India does provide an estimated 70% of the world’s cricket revenue doesn’t it?. The whole thing does have a distinctive ring about it! It’s another case of too many Indians and not enough chiefs,” he said.

More From This Section

It is getting tough for bowlers in limited-overs cricket: Saeed

KARACHI: Saeed Ajmal, widely regarded as the world’s best off-spinner, says that life is becoming increasingly...

Moores returns as England coach

LONDON: Peter Moores was named England coach for the second time on Saturday as the cricket board continued its...

No way back for Pietersen, says ECB chief

LONDON: Kevin Pietersen’s hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end on Saturday when England and...

‘ECB annoyance made PCB give Rashid cold shoulder’

According to sources, the ECB was not happy with PCB's offer to Rashid who has been blunt in his support of Kaneria.

Comments are closed.

Comments (20)

December 2, 2012 3:19 am
number three
November 29, 2012 3:39 pm
Kitnay kam zarf hain ye ghubaray chand hi phoonkon main phool jatay hain! I regret that this is only selfish from Harper, when Indians do these things to other teams which are not that rich there in no one to point that out these disrespects but at last some one dared to speak up....
November 30, 2012 3:45 pm
People are confusing daryl hair with daryl harper. Even though both are australians but hair was the one who had history with asians not harper. harper was a good umpire . but still his statement is a bit harsh.
November 29, 2012 4:59 pm
Do you have a diary where you keep counting it?..Tell me what is the no now? ..lol!!
Anwar Ul-Haq
November 27, 2012 8:49 am
I am not a fan of India or Indian cricket, but perhaps Daryl Harper can explain that the sledging dished out by the Australians to their opponenets, is that part of the spirit of cricket?
November 27, 2012 12:05 pm
Coming from Daryl Harper, this becomes meaningless. He has a well known history with Asians. "It’s another case of too many Indians and not enough chiefs" I daresay that's a bit racist
November 27, 2012 12:32 pm
Look who is talking about the spirit of the game .....LOL..
Anubhav Singh
November 29, 2012 1:07 pm
Where was mr. harper ,when in the same series Jonathan Trott claimed a catch ,which he has clearly grounded ,visible even with naked eyes. So Mr. Harper can harp only on asians , while aussies themselves remain saints for him.
Mudassir Hussain
November 27, 2012 10:12 am
Wow wow!! Mr Harper is trying to take the "bull from the horns".... But he is too right in his views...
Riyaz ahmad (kashmir)
November 27, 2012 10:12 am
Yes I clearly agree with this.This is not the first time Mr Dhoni has done this.
November 27, 2012 9:36 am
Harper ... that's true.. but you say it and you lose your job...
November 27, 2012 2:35 pm
So Australian. So ignorable.
December 5, 2012 4:38 am
This is not the first time and this will not be the last time... doing what? Rattle the Aussies. Thats not what they are used to especially coming from Asians. Mr. Harper, the world order is changing and you guys brace yourself for the taste of same medicine you have dished out to others. What a man from what a nation to preach spirit of sports. Eternal, Cheap sledgers
December 5, 2012 4:42 am
Thats it guys... lets not waste our time talking about the comments of an insignificant Aussie.. Daryl crapper....
November 27, 2012 11:29 am
so true..
November 27, 2012 8:58 pm
i think Mr Harper is spot on . Indian's delusion of grandeur
November 27, 2012 7:29 pm
So, Ricky Ponting is still not No.1 disrespector of cricket laws!?
Ahmed Sultan (Mumbai)
November 28, 2012 9:45 am
Look who's talking. Why doesn't he talks about his team, when Mr. Chappel asked his bowler to throw an under arm delivery as six was needed of the last ball and many more incidents. What about match in sydney in 2008? Why it is that spirit of cricket only applies to asian teams?
November 28, 2012 7:17 am
Harper had a record as one of the most incompetent umpires in the game. He repeatedly gave decisions against Asian teams - and even against players of Indian decent like Sarwan & Chanderpaul - and his appointment on the leite panel was more because of the clout of the white bloc in the iCC. His comments should accordingly be understood. Bairstow was not out according to some obscure fine print that even the match umpires were unaware about. It was Andy Flower who pointed it out . Bairstow had walked off the field, the umpires had given him out and the new batsman had come in to bat. How do you recall a batsman under such circumstances. Dhoni merely saved the umpires & ICC officials from embaressment by not recalling the batsman. However, harper belongs to a nation famous for claiming catches on second bounce. Ponting & Clarke are the leading exponents of this art. So, Harper's comments are understandable.
November 27, 2012 8:11 pm
What spirit of the game? Its ok when Aussies and English players treat other team members and officials with disrespect ? Harper has no point here... Dhoni was absolutely right in his place.. too many times have asians fallen in this trap of spirit of game.. this is a Cricket Match.. Everyone plays to win.. period.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Front Page