Virat Kholi has been in the news for a lot of reasons- both good and bad. This time he has been in the news for ball tampering. According to the British Media Kholi has been accused of tampering with the ball in the test match series in Rajkot.
A British tabloid claims that he was seen applying saliva residue from a candy or chewing gum during the test match. There is still a lot of controversy regarding the same.
Kholi however has fired back at these accusations by saying that the media is just trying to take away their focus away from the series. He is also surprised at the fact that no complaint was filed against him by the ICC (International Cricket Council) or England. He is furious at the fact that even though ICC has said it won’t investigate the issue any further; the issue has been brought to light. Though he finds these accusations amusing, he also feels it is unnecessary drama that is brought to light when it is totally unnecessary to do so.
On the other hand, Alastair Cook, England’s captain, is taking a diplomatic stance against the issue on ball tampering. He believes it is a grey area that is being highlighted. Everyone on the team is a bit confused and the international cricket council needs to clarify the issue as soon as possible in order to avoid further allegations and misunderstandings or defamation.
Cook has somewhat been in favor of Kholi saying that he hasn’t seen the footage yet and he also doesn’t want to get into it. Anyone can be chewing gum or candy at any instance; it doesn’t necessarily mean you are tampering with anything.
Kholi is doing his part though, he is brushing off the allegations and is keeping his head high to focus on the test series. It’s the media’s job to create a stir, let us see what happens in the next couple of days.