London, Aug 2 (IANS) Sachin Tendulkar played a significant role in the Indian decision to recall Ian Bell after he got run out in a bizarre fashion in the second cricket Test at Trent Bridge, it is learnt.
A report in Tuesday's Daily Mail revealed that it was Tendulkar's intervention that led to the reinstatement of Bell, who was adjudged run out after he started walking towards the dressing room thinking that the umpires had called for the tea break.
That prompted England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower to go to the Indian team's dressing room where they urged the opposition captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to withdraw the appeal.
But the report said that it was Tendulkar who was keen on getting Bell back on the ground.
'Dhoni was asked three times on the field whether he was appealing and each time he said yes,' the source close to the England team was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
'Then when Flower and Strauss went to see Dhoni and Fletcher they said their captain insisted the decision would stand. Tendulkar was the voice in the dressing room that got Bell reinstated.'
Subsequently, the Indian team received a standing ovation from the Nottingham crowd for upholding the spirit of the game.