India captain Virat Kohli has received a demerit point for making ‘inappropriate physical contact’ during the third Twenty20 International (T20I) against South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday. While taking a run in the fifth over of the Indian innings, Kohli made shoulder contact with South Africa pacer Beauran Hendricks.
The 30-year-old was found to have breached Article 2.12 of the International Cricket Council (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.”
Kohli pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson. An unbeaten half-century by skipper Quinton de Kock and Hendrick’s strong performance with the ball helped South Africa thrash India by nine wickets to level their T20I series 1-1.
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