Indian team could be staring at their 2nd straight test defeat after ending day 4 at Centurion 3 wickets down and still 252 runs needing to win. Being dismissed for 5 runs in the 2nd innings, wasn’t the only disappointment of Kohli’s day, as he was also charged for breaking the Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
25% of match fees deducted by ICC
The Indian captain was fined 25% of his match fees by the ICC, who also deducted one demerit point as a consequence of Kohli’s actions. The incident in question occurred on day 3 in the 25th over of the 3rd innings. Kohli was continuously complaining in the ears of the on-field umpire regarding the condition of the ball, which was according to him deteriorating due to the damp outfield.
Rain and bad-light at the end of day 3 only allowed 5.1 overs to be bowled in the final session. The decision to go off the field so early did not make Kohli happy as he was seen in deep conversation with the match Chris Broad following stumps.
Virat Kohli admits mistake
During the press conference after the day’s place, Virat Kohli acknowledged his mistake and agreed to the sanctions levied by Broad, which helped him bypass any formal hearing.
As reported by mid-day, ICC informed in a statement, “India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25% 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.”
Since the introduction of the demerit point system, Kohli is only the 2nd Indian to have one to his name after Ravindra Jadeja. Four or more demerit points in a 24 month period could lead to suspensions points. Two suspensions points could lead to a one or two game ban.