Virat Kohli fined for poor on-field behaviour


CENTURION: Indian captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent against the umpire during the third day's play of second Test against South Africa. "India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent 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.

The incident occurred in the 25th over of South Africa's second innings. Kohli persistently complained to Gough about the state of the damp ball - play had resumed after a rain interruption - in the final session, and then threw the ball into the ground in an "aggressive manner," according to the ICC.

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 offence 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 per cent of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Bumrah later said in a press conference that the ball got wet as soon as they took the field, and also that they wanted to carry on when they were taken off because "they were carrying a good momentum".

India were also unhappy when they were taken off for bad light; fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah had beaten the bat twice in the over just before that. Kohli and India coach Ravi Shastri were seen going to the match referee's room immediately. The conversation looked animated.

This is the first demerit point Kohli has received since the introduction of the system of demerit and suspension points. If he accumulates four or more demerit points within 24 months of the first such incident, they will convert into suspension points and a ban from a Test or two limited-overs internationals, whichever format he is likely to be selected for comes first.

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