Australian media has come forward with reports criticising Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble of objectionable behaviour    AFP
Australian media has come forward with reports criticising Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble of objectionable behaviour AFP

The tension between India and Australia cricket team just refuses to settle down. The issue began with the Decision Review System (DRS) controversy, after the second Test in Bengaluru. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli had accused Steven Smith of taking help from the dressing room for a DRS review, which is deemed unlawful according to the cricket laws. After a lot of hue and cry, the controversy gained huge media attention, with Indian media criticising the Australian players for deliberately seeking help from dressing room for DRS. Now the Australian media has come forward with reports criticising Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble of objectionable behaviour. According to a report published in The Daily Telegraph on Thursday, Kohli had allegedly tossed an energy drink bottle which had hurt an Australian team official. The report further stated that Kumble had stormed into the umpire’s room to seek explanation for the Kohli’s leg-before dismissal in first innings. This happened after the dismissal of the Indian captain. He was adjudged leg before wicket but Kohli was convinced he had nicked it. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru

The report said “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.”

Criticising Kumble’s actions and Indian team, the report further mentioned: “International coaches have access to the officials box, but it s highly unusual for them to make contact mid match, and Kumble s actions appear indicative of India s overall attitude that they can dictate to the law makers of the game.”

The report took the Monkeygate scandal as an example for Kumble’s ‘arrogant past’. It claimed that Kumble as then Indian captain had crossed his limits by questioning the integrity of Ricky Ponting’s side by saying Only one team is playing in the spirit of the game. The report termed Kumble as an “agent provocateur”.

The report did not have any mention of the response from the Indian team management or the BCCI.

The report added, It s understood Kumble has also made his fury known about the actions of match referee Chris Broad during the Test, complaints which are now to be passed onto the ICC by the BCCI.

It also accused Kohli of allegedly storming into the dressing room following his dismissal, smashing an energy drink bottle off a table, where it then rebounded off a television and struck an Australian team official on the leg. The report denounced Kohli’s attitude and behaviour, expressing that the captain who should have been the ‘custodian for the spirit of the game’ but has crossed all limits in dressing room in addition to his aggressive on-field behaviour.

The allegations did not end here. It specified that 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.

The report blamed Kohli for 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.” The report said.

The report accused ICC stating that “By not taking action against Kohli for his behaviour on and off the field in Bangalore, the ICC has virtually given a green light for complete anarchy to break out in Test cricket.”

“The first thing the ICC should do is hand David Warner the match fee they took off him back in 2014, when the governing body fined him for accusing South Africa of ball tampering. Kohli s broad brush implication that the Australian team are systematic cheats is yet to be backed up by any video evidence, but the ICC still turned a blind eye.” The report added.