The International Cricket Council has fined Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his on-field behaviour during the ongoing Test against South Africa in Centurion.
The 29-year-old has been docked 25 percent of his match fees after he was repeatedly complaining to the umpires about a damp ball and then aggressively threw the ball on the ground with displeasure which also attracted one demerit point.
“Monday’s incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings when Kohli continued to complain 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,” the ICC said in a statement on Tuesday.
This is Kohli's first demerit point and should he receive a total of four or more points in a two-year period, it will result in suspension points that will result in a ban from one Test or two ODIs, or two T20Is, whichever come first.
Earlier, Kohli scored a determined 153-run knock to help India narrow down the first innings gap to 28 runs but was dismissed for five in the second innings as the visitors ended day four reeling at 35 for three while chasing 277 runs.
Looking ahead to the Third Test there seems to be little chance that India will be able to bounce back and India,the top Test nation, will be staring at a 3- 0 whitewash.
Although we predicted a 2-0 win for South Africa, at the beginning of the Series, it now seems inevitable that India will go down 3-0 and even the genius of Virat Kholi will not be able to prevent that.
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