English tabloid Dailymail has claimed that Indian skipper Virat Kohli had used a sweet in his mouth to shine the ball during the first Test against England at Rajkot. The newspaper claims that they have footage to prove these claims, although the pictures they have provided are hardly conclusive.
“Footage has emerged of India captain Virat Kohli appearing to shine the ball using residue from a sweet during his country's draw with England in the first Test.
“Television cameras caught Kohli, who finished on 49 not out on the final day in Rajkot, putting his right hand towards his mouth.
“The 28-year-old can be seen rubbing his fingers in his mouth, inside of which is a sweet. He then appears to shine one side of the ball,” Dailymail’s journalist Joe Strange wrote in his article which was published on Tuesday.
The allegation comes at a time when South African captain Faf du Plessis was found guilty of ball tampering during the second Test against Australia. Du Plessis had allegedly used mint to tamper with the ball which has led to him being fined by the ICC.
Dailymail claims that Kohli could also be in trouble if the footage is checked by the ICC, although the images they have provided do not add any credibility to their accusation. In fact, they were slammed by their own English readers for making ‘excuses’ after a defeat.