The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) might have resolved their differences regarding the much-talked DRS controversy in a joint meeting held in Mumbai on Thursday night (February 9), but the latest accusation from an Australian daily is bound to create a huge controversy in the ongoing series.
The Daily Telegraph has accused India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble of poor behaviour during the Bengaluru Test. The news outlet claimed Kohli had hurled an energy drink bottle before claiming Kumble stormed into the umpires’ room to seek clarification over Kohli’s much-debated leg-before dismissal in the first innings.
“Kohli might be the aggressor in the brazen campaign India is running against Australia’s integrity — even striking an Australian official with an orange Gatorade bottle — but coach Kumble, one of the main instigators of the Monkeygate fiasco, would appear to have reclaimed his role as the puppeteer behind the scenes,” the report said.
“It’s understood Kumble has also made his fury known about the actions of the match referee Chris Broad during the Test, complaints which are now to be passed onto the ICC by the BCCI,” the report added.
“It can be revealed he (Kohli) 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.
The report further accused the Indian star of an outburst in the dressing room and throat-slitting gesture towards Australia batsman Peter Handscomb who had told Steve Smith to look towards the dressing-room that had started all the drama.
“Kohli was also seen swearing in the direction of the Australian box as he left the field and using a throat-slitting gesture to send-off Peter Handscomb late in the Test,” it said.
The daily went on to accuse Kohli of killing the spirit of the game.
“The spirit of the game notion has been pronounced dead in the game many times before, but Kohli — a law unto himself — would appear to have killed it off once again with his behaviour some of the worst by an international captain since villainous Sri Lankan leader Arjuna Ranatunga.”