New Delhi: Team India captain Virat Kohli has been slapped with a fine for showing dissent against the umpire during the third day’s play of the second Test against South Africa. The Delhi batsmen will now pay 25 percent of his match fee as a penalty.Also Read - Virat Kohli Could be 'Removed as RCB Captain Mid-Way' Through IPL 2021: Ex-India Cricketer
“India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 percent of his match fee and received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion on Monday,” ICC said in a statement. Also Read - Virat Kohli Will Continue to Play With The Same Intensity: Ajit Agarkar
The incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings yesterday when Kohli continuously complained to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner. Also Read - Virat Kohli Gives Motivational Talk After Thumping Loss vs KKR, Video Goes Viral | WATCH
Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”
After the day’s play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points. (With PTI inputs)