Indian batsman Virat Kohli has been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct by showing dissent to an umpire’s decision after his dismissal in the third ODI against the West Indies in Ahmedabad.
“India batsman Virat Kohli has been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his team’s ODI against the West Indies in Ahmedabad on Monday,” the ICC said in a statement.
After being given out lbw on 20 to offspinner Sunil Narine in the ninth over, Kohli stood his ground for a considerable time before eventually leaving the middle.
Kohli pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence and accepted the proposed sanction from David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees after play concluded. He was found to have breached 2.1.3 of the code which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision”.
The charge was brought by on-field umpires Tony Hill and Sudhir Asnani and third umpire Vineet Kulkarni.
“Accepting umpires’ decisions is part and parcel of playing cricket and on this occasion Virat clearly showed dissent when he had been given out,” said Mr Boon.