Indian Cricket team Captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25% of his match fee after he was held guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Test match against South Africa at Centurion last week. The incident happened on the third day of the match where the Indian captain was also forced one demerit point for the offence.
The released statement revealed: “Virat Kohli was found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. The same relates to conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”
The incident which led to the India Captain’s breach happened in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings after rain had delayed the day’s play for some time but the wet outfield remained a cause of concern for the Indians. Kohli complained repeatedly to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield after the rain delay, following which he threw the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner showing his disappointment.
The statement further added: “After the third day of the second Test, Kohli pleaded guilty to his offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, therefore, there occurs no need for a formal hearing.”
The charge was cumulatively operated by both on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel along with third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time that the Indian Captain has been held guilty of breaching. During Asia Cup, a few years ago, Kohli was fined 30% of his match-fee after showing dissent to the on-field umpire for declaring him out.