Desperate to avoid its first series whitewash in eight years, India’s Test team has been accused of resorting to dodgy tactics in the second match against New Zealand.
Having set New Zealand a small target of 132, India needed early wickets at Christchurch and the touring team seemingly did not care too much about how they came.
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In the fourth over umpire Richard Kettleborough scolded Virat Kohli’s side after a fielder was heard shouting “two” as Tom Latham picked up a single with a nudge to fine leg.
The official was adamant the Indians were looking to con the New Zealander into chasing a second run that was never on.
India’s dodgy tactic
Cricket: Umpire Richard Kettleborough was unhappy with the Indian fieldsmen who he alleged were making phantom calls to try and confuse the New Zealand batsmen.
“No shouting two,” umpire Kettleborough, crowned the ICC umpire of the year four times, was heard admonishing Kohli. “You shouted two there.”
Kettleborough seemed unimpressed by Kohli’s explanation the call was to alert the fielder at fine leg of the possibility of a second run.
“No you’re not, you shouted here, enough please.”
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Kohli to Kiwi crowd: ‘Shut the f*** up’
Cricket: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has fired up at New Zealand’s spectators, sending a pointed message to members of the crowd in Christchurch which appeared to come across as ‘shut the f*** up’.
It has been a tour to forget for Kohli, who made just 218 runs across nine matches.
He also appeared to tell the crowd to quieten up in no uncertain terms on day two of the second Test.
Agitated by the crowd all Test, Kohli took his frustrations out on them after Tom Latham was bowled by Mohammed Shami, turning to them and seemingly mouthing the words “shut the f*** up.”
Originally published asIndia accused of dodgy, deceitful tactic
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