Last week was one of those rare weeks when there was no international cricket played anywhere in the world. With the Sri Lanka season and English season coinciding and the occasional tour of Zimbabwe around July-August, there is usually some international cricket throughout the 52 weeks in the year.
The absence of on field cricket meant that the space had to be filled with some off the field stories, and the one grabbing the attention was the hearing of Jimmy Anderson that was to take place the day after the third Test at Southampton ended.
India had also appealed against Ravindra Jadeja being fined by the match referee David Boon, and both those appeals were heard, and both found not guilty by the appeals commissioner who conducted the hearing via video conference.
The verdict brought forth an eruption of glee in the British media who went to town calling it a humiliation of BCCI and Dhoni. Even before the appeal was being heard, the Brit media was suggesting that the Indians had filed charges against Anderson because they were worried about his bowling and so wanted him out of the attack.
What was conveniently forgotten was that with the same Anderson in the England team, India had won the second Test at Lord’s.
After Dhoni supported his teammate Jadeja, the Brit media went to town even more. Once again, what had been overlooked was that Dhoni was the not out batsman with Jadeja when they were returning to the pavilion, and so had seen the whole thing happening, and quite naturally, he believed that his team mate had been wronged when he was fined by the match referee.
The Brit media also forgot that it was Dhoni who was the skipper who had recalled Ian Bell when the batsman was run out according to the rules at the same venue three years earlier.
After Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower approached the Indian skipper at the tea interval, he graciously decided to withdraw the appeal and allow Ian Bell to carry on batting even though Bell was proving to be a thorn in the flesh of the Indians on that tour.
Dhoni is a man who plays it fair, and so to have his motives questioned this time was palpably unfair on the man. What also is clear, thanks to the stump microphones, is that if there is one wicketkeeper in the world who doesn't sledge the opposition, it is the Indian skipper.
Sure, he encourages his bowlers and his team but has nothing to say to the opposition. Therefore, to suggest that he and the team are trying to get Anderson out of the English team is just showing an ignorance of what makes Dhoni tick.
It is understandable that when on tour, the home media will try and undermine the touring team by having a go at them and especially target the captain, but the allegations against Dhoni are preposterous to say the least.
With no cricket being played last week, there is no Ceat International cricketer of the week, but let us hope that good sense prevails all round and we get to see cricket being played the way it should be.