The ongoing tour to South Africa started on a harsh note for Team India as they lost the first Test in Cape Town by a margin of 72 runs. Now, the ICC has penalized the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his bad on-field behavior with the on-field umpire Michael Gough.
Virat played a sublime knock in the first innings of the second Test against the Proteas at the Supersport Park, Centurion. he amassed 153 runs against the deadly bowling attack of the hosts as there was very less assistant for the seamer on the pitch.
Apart from Kohli none of the Indian batsmen managed to go past 50-run mark. He kept India’s hopes alive in the series, but still, the visitors conceded a lead of 28 runs in the first innings.
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The ICC has decided to fine Kohli with 25% of his match fee and also gave him a demerit point for “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
The incident occurred in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings. Virat was persistently complaining to Gough about the state of the wet ball after the resumption of play after a rain interruption in the final session of Day 3. He then threw the bowl on to the ground angrily and that resulted in him getting penalized.
Kohli pleaded guilty to the Level 1 charge and accepted the sanction imposed by ICC match referee Chris Broad.
The Centurion Test is still not in control of the visitors despite the fact that they got the priced wicket of AB de Villiers early on Day 4. As we say, the hosts are already 172 runs behind with seven wickets in hand. In order to keep themselves in the series, Team India needs to win the second Test and for that the to happen, Indian batsmen need to step up in the fourth innings.