During the post-lunch break on the fourth day of the second Test, two England players attempted to
play a game of “football” with the red Dukes, causing a slight commotion.
Official broadcaster footage showed one England player passing the ball to another, who trapped it with
his spikes, sparking a social media firestorm as accusations of ball-tampering flew thick and fast.
However, no such development has been established as of yet, and the Indian side has yet to file a
formal protest with match referee Chris Broad.
Ollie Robinson bowled the 35th over of India’s second innings when the incident occurred.
The players’ faces were not visible in the clip. The situation has not escalated, and the ball has not been
changed by the umpires.
An Indian fan even asked Stuart Broad on social media if it was deliberate. He said no.
Broad’s explanation was that if umpires needed to inspect the ball after this incident to guarantee it
hadn’t been tampered with, then a ball check would be required after every six hits.
Sehwag also tweeted about this on his Twitter.