Virat Kohli Fined for Excessive Appealing During IND-AFG Match
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been fined for excessive appealing during the match against Afghanistan on Sunday. Kohli was seen continuously appealing for a Leg-before which was given not-out by the umpire. One demerit point was also added to his record, taking his tally to two.
He was found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in Southampton and Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match“.
Kohli has received a second demerit point since the revised Code implemented in September. Kohli had received his first point during the Pretoria test against South Africa on 15 January 2018.
Kohli Fined for Excessive Appealing
“Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match“, an ICC release said.
Jasprit Bumrah had struck the ball on Rahmat Shah’s pads, following which Virat Kohli advanced toward Aleem Dar and appealed excessively for an lbw. It has also been understood that Kohli had accepted the sanction proposed by match referee due to which there was no need for a formal hearing.
For those of you who don’t know, when a player gets as many as four demerit points in a period of two years, then the points get converted into suspension points, followed which a player gets banned for a decided number of match.
Two suspension points mean a player gets banned from one Test or two ODIs or two T20s, whichever comes first.
Virat Kohli had also scored his 52nd half-century in the Afghanistan match, scoring as many as 67 runs off 63 deliveries. It was Kohli’s third half-century as captain in World Cups and fourth ODI half-century in the year 2019. With this half-century, Kohli also equals Mohammad Azharuddin’s record of hitting three consecutive half-centuries in a World Cup as captain.
Kohli went cheaply for 18 in India’s opening game against South Africa but notched up 82 and 77 in the next two games against Australia and Pakistan respectively.
Virat Kohli and Co. are currently sitting comfortably in the third position at the points table with 4 wins in five matches. They have secured 9 points so far with four matches still left to be played. India will play their next match against West Indies on Thursday.