India vs Australia 2017: After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) withdrew their complaint against Australian captain Steve Smith and middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb, many thought that the focus will return to the game. However, it is not the case. An Australian newspaper accused Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble of misbehaving with the officials.
The Daily Telegraph, in a report, has accused Kohli of striking an Australian official with an energy drink (Gatorade) bottle.
The report also said that Anil Kumble also misbehaved with the third umpire and asked for a clarification over Virat Kohli’s dismissal in the second innings of the second Test. The newspaper made very strong allegations against these two and also took a dig at Kumble for being the key instigator in Monkeygate fiasco involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds.
This is what the report in The Daily Telegraph said:
“Virat 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,” said the report.
“Virat 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 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.
“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.”