A video showing Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli shining the ball in a similar manner that made South African Captain Faf du Plessis guilty of ball tampering has emerged. The video reportedly is from the fourth day of the first tie at Rajkot against England during the ongoing Test series. The video was reported by South African Newspaper group IOL’s website.
The ICC charged Du Plessis after TV footage showed him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart, the World’s top cricket body said in a release today. The South African captain was fined 100% of his match fee and given three demerit points for breaching the ICC code of conduct.
The IOL report said that Kohli is also seen in the video rubbing his finger in mouth, inside which a “sweet” is seen, and then he goes on shining one side of the ball. Comparing the two incident, the report claimed that the ICC regulations are under the spotlight after the Indian skipper has been seen shining the ball in the way similar to DuPlessis in a test match.
Just like Du Plessis, the report further said, the onfield umpires and the match referee didn’t report Kohli even as the video footage was available.
Meanwhile, ICC has rejected any ball-tampering investigation against the Indian skipper. The ICC reportedly denied investigation as Kohli’s video was nine-day old, hence no action could be taken.
Though the IOL report said the on-field umpires and match referee had not cited Du Plessis’ act in their report, the ICC release on the verdict against the South African skipper said the decision was taken “after hearing representations from both parties and evidence from the umpires in the second Test” as well as others.