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Did Virat Kohli Strike An Australian Team Official With A Gatorade Bottle?

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Cricket Australia (CA) might have called a truce over the sensational Decision Review System (DRS) row in the second Test, but there seems to be no stopping the media scrutiny.

While both Indian and Australian media have equally derived their own views and hypothesis surrounding the incident, The Daily Telegraph has launched a scathing attack on Virat Kohli, accusing him of hitting an Australian team official with a Gatorade bottle.

"Under ICC laws Kohli as a Test captain is supposed to be a custodian for the spirit of the game, yet in addition to his relentlessly aggressive on-field behaviour, it can be revealed he unleashed an astonishing outburst in the dressing rooms following his dismissal, smashing a Gatorade bottle off a table, where it then rebounded off a television and struck an Australian team official on the leg.

DRS Row Still Ongoing© Reuters

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 Daily Telegraph's website claimed.

The Australian news portal went on to claim that there was no apology from the Indian camp after an Australian official had been struck. It also believed that Kohli's behaviour - "one of the worst by an international captain since villainous Sri Lankan leader Arjuna Ranatunga - killed the spirit of the game.

DRS Row Still Ongoing© Reuters

If that wasn't enough, the Australian news website took the Bengaluru bloodbath to a whole new level by targeting Team India coach Anil Kumble.

"As Virat Kohli left a tornado of destruction behind him in the Indian dressing room, fuming he had been given out lbw, it’s understood Kumble went to seek immediate clarification from match officials as to why his irate skipper was given out at a key moment of the second Test.

DRS Row Still Ongoing© BCCL

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," the website claimed.

The Daily Telegraph further revealed that Kumble made his fury known about the actions of the match referee, Chris Broad, during the second Test, complaints which were passed onto the ICC by the BCCI.

DRS Row Still Ongoing© Reuters

The validity of the explosive claims are yet to be ascertained, but the latest revelations can potentially derail the peace process between the world's top two Test teams.


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