Source: News Bharati English25 Nov 2016 15:53:16
New Delhi, November 25: Indian cricket coach Anil Kumble refuted rumours which alleged allegations of ball tampering on Virat Kohli and exclaimed that none of the Indian players are involved in any acts like ball tampering. “There is nothing to worry about, people can allege and write whatever they want. As far as we are concerned, none of our players were part of ball tampering", said former leg spinner.
Recently, Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was found guilty of ball-tampering during Test match against Australia at Hobart and was charged 100% of his match fee. The rumours regarding Indian skipper took flight when a video footage showed Kohli rubbing his fingers in his mouth and then shining one side of the ball during India's first Test against England at Rajkot. Several experts pointed out that Kohli's actions were similar to that of du Plessis's.
However, the Indian middle order batsman will not be under investigation as the mandatory five-day window had passed by the time the footage emerged. Any such incident has to be reported within five days to the match-referees who in turn report the complaint to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
"First of all, I don't want to react to any report in the media. As far as I am concerned, umpires as well as the match referee never came to us talking about it. For someone like Faf du Plessis, South Africa played exceptional cricket to beat Australia, to be told about ball tampering is silly”, said Kumble.
While Kumble dismissed the allegations, England all-rounder Chris Woakes chose not to name the India skipper. “I think they have said that everyone tries to shine the ball in this fashion. The fact that Faf du Plessis has been fined by the ICC and the South Africans trying to make stands on that, but there is grey area to this. Hashim Amla has said about him chewing gum in his mouth whole day. I am not sure if it is deemed wrong”. He said.