India captain Virat Kohli on Monday was reprimanded by the ICC after being found guilty of inappropriate physical contact with South Africa’s Beuran Hendricks in the 3rd T20I in Bengaluru on Sunday.
In a statement on their official website, the international cricket body wrote: “India captain Virat Kohli has received an official warning and one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during Sunday’s third T20I against South Africa.”
“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 statement added.
In addition to the warning, one demerit point was also added to Kohli’s disciplinary record, marking his third offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2017.
“Kohli now has three demerit points after having got one demerit point each during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018 and against Afghanistan in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 on 22 June,” the ICC statement added.
The incident on Sunday took place in the 5th over of India’s innings, when Kohli hit bowler Hendricks’ shoulder while taking a run. The charges against Kohli were levelled by on-field umpires Nitin Menon and C K Nandan, third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth official Chettihody Shamshuddin.
“Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” the ICC statement added.