1. Virat Kohli laughs off ball-tampering allegation; says he doesn’t read newspapers

Virat Kohli laughs off ball-tampering allegation; says he doesn’t read newspapers

He also got support from coach Anil Kumble, who said, the Indian Team Management isn't interested in dragging this matter unnecessarily. Some cricket experts also said that the British media has tried this kind of ugly mind games during England's past tours to India when they have lost a Test match

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2016 1:07 PM
"I don’t read newspapers, was told 5 days later that such things happened, I just laughed it off," said Kohli. (PTI) “I don’t read newspapers, was told 5 days later that such things happened, I just laughed it off,” said Kohli. (PTI)

Speaking on the ‘ball-tampering’ allegation in the Rajkot Test by the British media, Team India Test captain Virat Kohli has finally made a statement. He said, “I don’t read newspapers, was told 5 days later that such things happened, I just laughed it off.” He also added, “This is just to take focus away from series; to me newspaper article doesn’t matter over ICC’s decision.” Virat also got support from coach Anil Kumble, who said, the Indian Team Management isn’t interested in dragging this matter unnecessarily. Some cricket experts also said that the British media has tried this kind of ugly mind games during England’s past tours to India when they have lost a Test match.
The Indian captain was drawn into this controversy by the British media; surprisingly after the completion of the second Test in Vishakhapatnam which India won convincingly by 246 runs. A British tabloid put up a footage from the Rajkot Test showing Virat Kohli, applying saliva on the ball with the residue of some sweet substance, probably a chewing gum.
The British media then created a furore over the matter by publishing articles against the Indian captain. Amidst all these allegations, the ICC has clearly stated that it isn’t going to take any action against Virat Kohli, as according to ICC’s 3.2.2.1 a Level 1 Offence or a Level 2 Offence, the report must be lodged with the Match Referee within five days of the completion of the alleged offence. Had the England team had any complaints, they should’ve made it official by November 18; within five days of completion of the (Rajkot) Test match. Surprisingly, there hasn’t been any complaint lodged by the ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board) or any English player.

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