Australian paper allege indecent behaviour by Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble

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The controversy surrounding the recently-concluded Bengaluru Test between India and Australia simply refuses to die down, even after a patch-up between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA), following the ‘brain fade’ episode.

An Australian newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, has alleged that Indian captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble misbehaved during the Bengaluru Test after Kohli was given out lbw in the second innings.

“In addition to his relentlessly aggressive on-field behaviour, it can be revealed he unleashed an astonishing outburst in the dressing rooms following his dismissal, smashing a Gatorade bottle off a table, where it then rebounded off a television and struck an Australian team official on the leg,” wrote the Australian daily.

It went on to add that Kohli had sweared in the direction of the Australian box while leaving the ground and also made a throat-splitting gesture while giving a send-off to Australian batsman Peter Handscomb.

Relations between the two team threatened to fall apart when Steve Smith, after being given out on the field in the second innings with the match on a knife’s edge, cheekily tried to seek advice from the dressing room on whether to use the remaining DRS review. An alert umpire Nigel Llong prevented the Australian captain from committing the act of utter dishonesty, but the incident left the Indians fuming, though Smith had sought to play it down, saying it was a ‘brain fade’.

“I saw that happening two times when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well, that it’s happened twice, that I’ve seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation,” a visibly angry Kohli said at the post-match press conference. “I don’t want to mention the word, but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field,” Kohli added, stopping just short of describing Smith’s action as ‘cheating’. Handscomb, who was Smith’s partner on the ground at the moment, had later admitted to have a hand in Smith’s ‘brain fade’ moment.


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