India captain Virat Kohli is one misstep away from an international suspension after he received an official warning for making “inappropriate physical contact” with an opponent during his side’s T20 against South Africa on Sunday.
India captain Virat Kohli received a demerit point and an official warning for a shoulder contact with South Africa pacer Beuran Hendricks during the third T20I in Bangalore, which the deemed “inappropriate”.
As per the ICC, Kohli was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct. The charged were levelled by on-field umpires Nitin Menon and CK Nandan, third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth official Chettihody Shamshuddin.
“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 ICC said in a statement.
“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 said.
The incident occurred in the fourth ball the fifth over of India’s innings when Kohli pulled a delivery towards deep midwicket and rubbed his shoulder against Hendricks’ right.
The offence is Kohli’s third since the introduction of the ICC’s revised code in September 2016. The 30-year-old copped one demerit point for his behaviour towards an on-field umpire during the Centurion Test against South Africa in January 2018, and another for excessive appealing during his side’s World Cup match against Afghanistan earlier this year.
When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, the player will be banned. It means if Kohli receives another demerit point before January 16 next year – two years on from the Centurion Test – he will cop a suspension. Four demerit points lead to a ban for either one Test matches of two limited-overs internationals
Demerit points remain on a player’s disciplinary record for 24 months from their imposition, after which they are expunged.