While the whole cricketing world is eagerly awaiting the ICC’s verdict on Faf du Plessis after the Proteas skipper was accused ball tampering for shining the ball with a mint in his mouth, Virat Kohli might find himself in hot water after a video has emerged of the Indian Test captain shining the ball in a similar fashion.
Du Plessis is set to face ICC hearing on Tuesday (November 22) after a footage that emerged last week showed him shining the ball with a mint in his mouth during the second Test against Australia last week. He has been charged for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct and the Indian Test captain might suffer a similar fate.
The footage, which was released by South African news outlet The Indepent, appeared to show Kohli using a sweet to shine the ball during the first Test against England at Rajkot.
Here is the video of the incident:
As per the rules, a player is allowed to shine the ball but without any artificial substance.
Law 42.3 states that: “Any fielder may polish the ball provided that no artificial substance is used and that such polishing wastes no time”.
Just like du Plessis’ case, Kohli’s incident has also gone unnoticed by the officials during the match. However, he might land in trouble and get a one-match ban, if the apex game of the body decides to investigate the footage and finds Kohli guilty of a level 2 offence.