The India skipper Virat Kohli has received an official warning and was given with a demerit point for inappropriate physical contact during the third T20 against South Africa in Bengaluru.
It took place during the fifth over of India’s inning where Kohli was seen making shoulder contact with South Africa pacer Beuran Hendricks while taking a run.
Kohli was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the 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.”
Now, Kohli is with three demerit points in his bag since the introduction of the revised code of conduct in September 2016. He has received one during the Test series against South Africa in January last year followed by one against Afghanistan in the World Cup match in June.
If Kohli’s demerit points reach four or more within a 24-month period, then they will be converted to suspension points that will result in the player being banned. Four demerit points equate to two suspension points, resulting in a player being banned for one Test, two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first.
Kohli admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson after on-field umpires Nitin Menon and CK Nandan alongside third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth umpire Chettihody Shamshuddin leveled the charge.
Virat Kohli led India to a victory in the second T20 against South Africa on September 18 after the first match seen washed out. However, Kohli and Co failed to beat South Africa on Sunday and were lost by 9-wicket. The final T20 series was a draw where India missed a chance of win over South Africa at their hometown.