India vs South Africa 2019: Virat Kohli reprimanded for inappropriate physical contact during 3rd T20I
Indian captain Virat Kohli, who was involved for an on-field collision with South African pacer Beuran Hendricks, received an official warning and one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during Sunday’s third T20I against South Africa. In one of the overs, while Kohli was completing a single, Hendricks was standing in line and didn’t move away as a result of which Kohli’s elbow hit the South African pacer on the chest.
Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match.”
Kohli now has three demerit points after having got one demerit point each during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018 and against Afghanistan in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 on 22 June. The latest incident took place on Sunday during the 5th over where Kohli made contact with South African paceman Hendricks while completing a single.
Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Nitin Menon and C K Nandan, third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth official Chettihody Shamshuddin levelled the charge.
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. Quinton de Kock-led South Africa bounced back strongly in the 3rd game to register a series-leveling win. After restricting the Men in Blue to a paltry 134, the visitors successfully chased down the total in 16.5 overs.