Indian head coach Anil Kumble came in support for the Test team captain Virat Kohli for the ball tampering allegations levelled against him by the British media, stating that he does not believe in “giving wind to such stories”.
Earlier, a British tabloid published footage of Kohli applying saliva to the ball during the first Test against England at Rajkot. However, there were no complains made by the visiting team or the match referee to the ICC within a window of five days, which is a must as per world cricket’s governing body’s clause.
The ICC has already made it clear that no investigation will be carried out as per rules.
“First of all, I don’t want to react to any report that is in the media. As far as I am concerned, neither the umpire nor the match referee ever came to us talking about it,” Kumble said ahead of the third Test against England beginning on Saturday here at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium.
He also added that he was not at all perturbed by what the British media has reported.
There is nothing to worry about. People can allege and write whatever they want in the media. As far as we are concerned, none of our players were a part of such activity said Kumble.