Indian batsman KL Rahul has been Fined with 15 percent of his match fee for apparently “showing dissent” towards umpire’s decision in the ongoing fourth Test between India and England. The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Sunday, fined the Indian opener for breaching the rule of the “Gentlemen’s game” when got out in the second innings at Oval. Rahul, who was batting at 46, edged a delivery to Jonny Bairstow of James Anderson. The match official on the ground initially gave it not out. However, England took a DRS review and the original decision was overturned.
IND vs ENG: KL Rahul fined for “indecency”
KL Rahul was seemingly disappointed with the decision as he showed displeasure while walking off the pitch. With that, Rahul apparently broke Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players And Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an International Match.” The ICC statement further read that KL will have a demerit point reckoned to his disciplinary record
However, this happened to Rahul’s first offence in over 2 years. The report added that Rahul has accepted the charges against him and hence, the matter won’t require a formal hearing. Rahul’s 46 gave India a strong start in their second innings drill against England. Rahul has made a strong comeback to red-ball cricket after missing out from the scene for a couple of years. He is the third-highest run-scorer in the Test series behind Joe Root and Rohit Sharma. Rahul has scored a total of 315 runs in the series so far at an impressive average of 42.85.
Netizen React To ICC’s Decision To Fine Rahul
What’s wrong in saying he hit the pad??
— Shankar Kumara ☄ (@skumara003d) September 5, 2021
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KL Rahul a bit annoyed to be given out: FINE HIM! HOW DARE HE BE SO INSOLENT!
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