Last Update on: June 10th, 2019 at 06:48 pm
Recently updated on June 10th, 2019 at 06:48 pm
Ball-tampering is one-term that Australian cricketing would love to stay away from. Australian cricket experienced one of its darkest chapters last year due to the sandpaper gate. Their opening batsmen Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera applying a sandpaper to the ball. Later, skipper Steve Smith and Bancroft had admitted to the offence and faced lengthy bans along with David Warner. Well, something similar took place at the Oval where Australia are up against India in the World Cup.
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This time the man in question is leg-spinner Adam Zampa. Having conceded 24 runs from his three overs, Zampa was seen carrying out some dubious activities before he bowled his fourth. Prior to delivering the 24th over, the cameras caught Adam Zampa putting his hand in the pocket. At first, it looked normal as the leg-spinner just pulled out his headband.
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However, he put his hand in the right pocket once again and seemingly applied something on the ball before starting his over.
Here is a clip showing Adam Zampa’s dubious activity:
What's happening here? What's Adam Zampa up to? #INDvAUS #WorldCup2019
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— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) June 9, 2019
Well, Australia would be hoping that Adam Zampa was not involved in any malpractice as they just cannot avoid another controversy. At a time when the team is finally looking good, a controversy is the last thing that the team-management would want.
Talking about the game, India are looking well set to post a big total. Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma started cautiously before shifting gears. The two added 127 runs for the first wicket before Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed Rohit to give Australia the much-needed breakthrough. Rohit scored 57. At the time of drafting this report, India were 178 for 1 after 31 overs.