It has just been learnt that after the mid-match pitch feud between Virat Kohli and Steven Smith and respectable ICC giving them a clean chit. Team India coach Anil Kumble has taken the matter in his hand and has rammed into the match referee Chris Broad’s room asking for an explanation as to why he did not penalise his. Already fire seems to be flaring in this series, promising to be a humdinger come Ranchi. So should Kumble have stuck by the laws and not taken the issue in his own hand and gone the right way?
Tracing back in time, Anil Kumble was also involved in the infamous Monkeygate row that took place in 2008. Till date he is considered to be the instigator of that row but there is no concrete evidence on that. Tough he comes across as a gentle person, hence for him to cross the line was surprising to say the least. Why is everybody, everywhere getting so agitated? First it was Virat Kohli, then it was Ishant Sharma and now it is Anil Kumble, the last person you expect it from. This behavior could have backfired as well.
In fact over this incident Steven Smith had the audacity to blame it on a brain fade on his part, which is strange. Peter Handscomb was even more stranger, he did not even speak the truth and blamed it on inexperience. Australia will not start favorites, a right they themselves lost.
The incident apparently barged into a Bengaluru hotel room of the match referee and at point blank range asked him to explain the reason, this is a The Daily Telegraph reports.
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Earlier, it was reported that Virat Kohli threw a gatorade bottle at an official. As the Ranchi Test nears around the corner, this incident between Kumble and Broad will only escalate in the coming days.