Kumble rubbishes Kohli ball tampering allegations

Legendary spinner also defends du Plessis, saying ‘a mountain out of a molehill’ has been made about incident

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Indian team coach Anil Kumble, right, and captain Virat Kohli share a light moment during a training session ahead of their second test cricket match against England in Visakhapatnam, India, Wednesday.
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Mohali: India coach Anil Kumble on Thursday categorically dismissed allegations of ball tampering levelled against skipper Virat Kohli by the British media, stating that he does not believe in “giving wind to such stories”.

A British tabloid published footages of Kohli applying saliva to the ball during the first Test against England at Rajkot. However, there were no complaints made by the visiting team or the match referee to the ICC within a window of five days, which is a must as per world cricket’s governing body’s clause.

The ICC has already said that it will not make any investigations.

“First of all, I don’t want to react to any report that is there in the media. As far as I am concerned, neither the umpire nor the match referee ever came to us talking about it. We would certainly not like to give too much wind to the story,” Kumble told media on Thursday.

The legendary spinner said that he was not at all perturbed by what the British media had reported.

“There is nothing to worry about. People can allege and write whatever they want in the media. As far as we are concerned, none of our players were a part of such activity.”

But in a veiled dig, Kumble also drew comparisons with the Faf du Plessis incident in Hobart which has led to the South African skipper being fined 100 per cent of his match fees, terming it a “mountain being made out of molehill”.

“South Africa has played exceptional cricket to beat Australia 2-0 and for Faf du Plessis, to be told that ball tampering, it is very silly. It’s making a mountain out of a molehill.”

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