Adam Zampa under spotlight; Ball tampering by Australia again?
Did Australia try ball tampering again at the ICC Cricket World Cup match against India at the Oval? This is the burning question raised by netizens.
Videos of Australian spinner Adam Zampa taking something out of his pocket and rubbing it on the white ball went viral on social media and netizens took over.
In the video, Zampa was seen reaching into his pocket, taking something out and rubbing it on the ball. The right handed leg spinner was seen repeating the action using both hands and both pockets. Zampa bowled 6 overs conceding 50 runs without claiming any wicket.
May posted pictures of a white coloured object in Zampa’s hand and asked what it was. Some of them requested the ICC to check the ball after the innings and probe the incident.
The video reminded everyone about the infamous ball tampering controversy, also known as the sandpaper-gate fiasco that rocked Australian cricket a year ago.
Incidentally, former Australian captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner who were banned from international and domestic cricket for one year were part of the Australian team that faced India. It was their first major tournament after the infamous incident.
Cameron Bancroft who was caught tampering the ball by TV cameras had received a nine-month ban. Australia's coach, Darren Lehmann, announced he would step down from his role following the scandal. Although he was found not found to have been directly involved.
Century by Shikhar Dhawan (117 of 109) and half centuries by Captain Virat Kohli (82 of 77) and opener Rohit Sharma (57 of 77) and a quick-fire 48 of 27 by Hardik Pandya helped India post a massive 352 on the scoreboard.