Kumble defends Kohli on ball tampering issue

Following England's defeat at the Indian cricket team's hands, British tabloid "The Daily Mail" brought the serious allegation of ball tampering against Indian captain Virat Kohli.

British media have dug out footage of Kohli applying saliva to the ball during the Rajkot Test, allegedly while eating a sweet or mint.

Drawing comparison with the du Plessis incident which took place in the second Test against Australia in Hobart, Kumble said his side did not give too much wind to such kind of stories before saying that a "mountain being made out of molehill" in the media.

Bayliss said: "The one thing with Jos, if he plays the same way as he does in one-day cricket, I think that's the way ahead for him, red ball or white ball".

"I don't read newspapers, was told five days later that such things happened, I just laughed it off", he added. "We need to play good cricket", he insisted. I told security to calm down.

"We are just focused on what we have to do". There was no mention from the ICC if Kohli would be charged for his part in the exchange.

If they are to be successful, they must also avoid any more self-inflicted setbacks such as their first-innings collapse to 80 for five in reply to 455 in Vizag - the passage of play which put them in a perilous position, long before it came to how best to try to salvage a draw two days later.

Du Plessis has appealed the ban against the ICC verdict, but the Indian captain faced no such prohibitions as the governing body's stipulated five-day window to start proceedings had already passed when the footage surfaced.

The third Test market has, to some extent, reacted to India's convincing victory in Visakhapatnam with the hosts 4/7 and 8/15 in more places than not but they can be backed at 8/13 which is only fractionally shorter than the 4/6 I recommended taking in the last match.

"I think it's just to take the focus away from the series to be honest".

As the seriousness of the issue surfaced, several former cricketers took to social media and expressed their displeasure.

Kohli has great respect for the ability of a player who knows these conditions well, against the white ball at least, from his experience with Mumbai in the Indian Premier League.

Chris Woakes, England's All Rounder says, "We need to dismiss Kohli as early as possible, it is crucial for him to get back to pavilion early for us to win this series".

"Amongst the players the lines are pretty clear & use of mints/sweets to shine the ball is accepted", Prior responded on Twitter when asked what the line regarding ball-tampering was. The Laws of Cricket, in turn, allow that players may "polish the ball provided that no artificial substance is used and that such polishing wastes no time".

"We're under no illusions this is going to be a very, very hard Test series", he said.

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