Footage suggests Virat Kohli cheated during first Test vs England

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England enter the third Test of their series with India in Mohali 1-0 down following defeat in the second last Thursday.

Having drawn the first, Alastair Cook and co. were poor when batting in Visakhapatnam and lost by 246 runs on the final day.

Trevor Bayliss' men now have a mountain to climb if they're to repeat the heroics of 2012, where England recovered a 1-0 deficit against India to claim an historic victory.

In the build-up to Saturday's clash, shocking footage has suggested India captain Virat Kohli tampered with the ball during the first Test.

In the video below, the 28-year-old can be seen wiping the inside of his mouth, which contained a sweet believed to be a tic tac, before shining the ball.


Kohli could face the same fate as South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who was similarly caught on camera chewing on a mint while shining the ball against Australia.

He was fined his entire match fee, although he's been cleared to play in the third Test.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) - who are yet to charge Kohli - issued the following statement after punishing Du Plessis.

"The decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed that had they seen the incident they would have taken action immediately," it said.

"Mr Stephenson (MCC head of cricket John Stephenson) confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball."

Based on the above evidence, Kohli is expected to be dealt the very same punishment.

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