London: Indian opener Virender Sehwag was accused by the British media of ball-tampering on the third day of the third Test between India and England.
According to reports, he was spotted sucking on mint and later dropping it on the field. Apparently, the sugary saliva produced after chewing mint helps in shining the ball.
According to rule, Law 42.3(a)(i) states that any fielder may ‘polish the ball provided that no artificial substance is used and that such polishing wastes no time’.
Back in 2005, England`s Marcus Trescothick had revealed that most of their players were sucking mints to shine balls against Australia, which was later highly criticised.