Indian captains Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Ravichandran Ashwin lost their cool during the last 45 minutes of play on the third day of the third Test against South Africa when rival skipper Dean Elgar avoided returning to the pavilion due to a controversial DRS decision. went. In the 21st over of the South African innings, Ravichandran Ashwin was hit with a clear leg-barrier by Elgar but replays showed the ball was passing over the stumps. After this the Indian players were seen questioning the technique. Here Virat Kohli was also seen getting angry at the decision of the umpire. Now Virat Kohli is under threat of ban.
Expressed displeasure with the help of stumps mic
Kohli, however, was not happy with the DRS’s decision and other Indian players also expressed their displeasure over it. The Indian players knew that their every conversation was being recorded in the stump mic. In such a situation, he used it to express his feelings. During this, an Indian player said, ‘The whole country is against 11 players.’ So the same other player said, ‘The broadcaster is here to make money.’
Question raised on ball-tracking technology
Another Indian player said, ‘I hope the microphone is recording our talk.’ Ashwin also couldn’t stop himself from taking a dig at the broadcaster’s ball-tracking technique, saying ‘SuperSport’ you should find better ways to win.’ To this Kohli said, ‘Not only on the opposing team, pay attention to your team as well. Efforts are being made all the time to nab people.
That’s why it can be reprimanded
The Indian team or Virat Kohli can be reprimanded under Article 2.7 of the Code of Conduct for taking out their anger on the host broadcaster. According to the ICC, making public criticism, or inappropriate remarks in relation to any incident that occurs in an international match, comes under section 2.7 of the offense. However, after 2016 the ICC has used it only twice. Once against Belgium’s Mamoon Latif and the second time against West Indies coach Stuart Law (for making inappropriate remarks on Ajinkya Rahane).
That’s why punishment can also happen
Kohli can also be punished under Article 2.8. According to this rule, showing dissatisfaction with the decision of the umpire during an international match comes under the offense of This is evident from his displeasure at DRS.
Why can Virat Kohli escape the ban?
There have been calls for a ban on Kohli, but things are working in favor of the India captain, which means he and his teammates are likely to escape punishment. Actually, there are no demerit points on any Indian player since 2019. On the other hand, according to the ICC rules, if a cricketer gets four demerit points in a period of two years, then it will be considered equal to one suspension point. In such a situation, the player may be banned.
Regarding this, former cricketer and commentator Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports, ‘It was very bad. The way Kohli reacted to the stump mic was immature. Such cannot be expected from an international captain, an Indian captain. He said that in the first Test, Mayank Agarwal was also given life in this way but the South African captain did not react in such a way. He said, ‘The technology is not in your hands. In Mayank Agarwal’s case it looked like he was out but Elgar didn’t react that way.