Rap on Virat Kohli for shoulder contact
India captain Virat Kohli has received an official warning and one demerit point for violating the ICC Code of Conduct when he made an inappropriate shoulder contact with pacer Beuran Hendricks during the third T20 International against South Africa here.
Kohli was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct in the match which South Africa won by nine wickets on Sunday.
The incident occurred in the fifth over of India’s innings, when Kohli made contact with bowler Hendricks while taking a run.
“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’,” the ICC said in a statement.
One demerit point has also been added to the disciplinary record of Kohli, for whom it was the third offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. Kohli now has three demerit points after having got one demerit point each during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on January 15, 2018, and against Afghanistan during the World Cup on June 22.
Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Match Referee Richie Richardson.
India’s ploy of batting first on Sunday backfired, but Kohli has his eyes trained on next year’s T20 World Cup and so is willing to take risks to mould his India players into an “unfazed” unit, one that is able to “take toss out of the equation”.
The Chinnaswamy in Bangalore is known to favour chasing teams but Kohli put his batsmen to test by opting to bat first. “Look, we will have to take risks. Even when you want to win a game of cricket you have to take risks, so nothing is a given, nothing is a guarantee before you start playing,” Kohli said at the post-match media conference.
“I think as a team if we are willing to get out of our comfort zone a lot more, then we will be unfazed with what happens at the toss. That’s our basis idea: trying to take the toss out of the equation as a side.”
His long batting line-up gives him the leeway to experiment but India still lost the series’ final game by nine wickets to settle for a 1-1 result. “That’s why we are trying to play the best combination we can, (with) people batting till nine. So that if you bat first or bowl first, you know we are in a good position,” Kohli said.