Anil Kumble Rubbishes Ball Tampering Allegations Against Virat Kohli

Anil Kumble Rubbishes Ball Tampering Allegations Against Virat Kohli

South Africa has played exceptional cricket to beat Australia 2-0 and to be told about this ball tampering or whatever, I think it is very silly. "But we're totally focussed on what we have to do", he told PTI on Friday.

According to the Daily Mail, television cameras caught Kohli, who finished on 49 not out on the final day to save the Test for India in Rajkot, putting his right hand towards his mouth.

Kohli said that the allegations were levelled in an attempt to distract attention. "If I was doing something (wrong), ICC would have spoken to me".

While Kohli did not face any charges, ICC fined South Africa's stand-in Test skipper after the footage of him allegedly changing the condition of the ball during the Hobart Test emerged.

"To me a newspaper article doesn't matter over the decision of the ICC, we as cricketers respect that only", he said. After helping out Indian Team to draw the first test at Rajkot, Captain Kohli took command of the side and his two knocks at Visakhapatnam really sealed the issue for the home team. Kohli has scored majority of runs, particularly in that second Test match. On the eve of the third Test here, Kohli threw light on how he thought of Decision Review System (DRS), though it is still early days. "I think that's absolutely fine".

'I think the players are just looking for the ICC to clarify what is acceptable and what isn't.

Woakes fielded a volley of questions surrounding ongoing "Sweet-Gate" in context to what happened with the South African team in Australia and also in the ongoing series in India.

He also said during drinks break, guys will come and have candies or mints just to re-energise and freshen up, to keep the energy going. As far as I am concerned, umpires as well as the match referee never ever came to us talking about it.

He also says talks about the Virat doctoring the cricket ball, to which he says, "it is a "sweet gate", there are certain "grey areas" on which we do need clarifications as a whole, the controversy sometimes gets created out of anything, there is nothing a problem if you want to shine the ball in order to swing it well in air".

The incident took place when Stokes reacted to India's celebrations following his dismissal and he got into a heated exchange with skipper Virat Kohli that was heard by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Chris Gaffaney. "He has obviously showed that, he has been in a good form on this tour from that Bangladesh series, he was probably our best player on that series in similar conditions...everyone knows that Joss is a naturally attacking player".