Did Virat Kohli tamper with the ball and pull a du Plessis at Rajkot Test?
Independent Online (IOL), an online news portal based out of South Africa posted a video that showed Virat Kohli rubbing his ball with his saliva and then shining it on his trouser. South African skipper Faf du Plessis did the same with a lolly in his mouth which forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) into action.
ICC reviewed the match footage and Plessis was ultimately charged with tampering with the ball during the second test at Hobart against Australia. Even though he was allowed to play the third test, a considerable amount of his match fee was deducted as penalty.
In the video of Viral Kohli by IOL, he is shown rubbing his fingers against an artificial substance inside his mouth and then rubbing the ball with it. His action seemed similar to du Plessis’, who was eventually charged for breach of Article 2.2.9 of ICC Code of Conduct, as reported by The Times of India.