Many thought with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) withdrawing their complaint against Australia captain Steve Smith and batsman Peter Handscomb, focus will return to on-field matters. However, there seems to be no end to the bad blood brewing between the two teams. In the latest controversy, an Australian newspaper has made stunning allegations against India captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, both of whom have been accused indecent behaviour during the second Test in Bengaluru.
The newspaper took the opportunity to dub Kumble as the key instigator in the Monkeygate fiasco, involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds.
The paper also alleged that Kumble stormed into the match officials’ box for clarification over Kohli’s dismissal in India’s second innings.
“It’s understood Kumble has also made his fury known about the actions of match referee Chris Broad during the Test, complaints which are now to be passed onto the ICC by the BCCI.”
“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.
Kohli was also accused of swearing “in the direction” of the Australian box and making a throat-slitting gesture at Handscomb.
The newspaper likened Kohli to the “villainous” former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga and blamed the Indian skipper for killing the spirit of the game.