RCB opener Virat Kohli has been fined 10% of his match fees for breaking the Code of Conduct in the match against Chennai Super Kings. No formal hearing was necessary because the RCB stalwart “confessed to the Level 1 crime” and accepted the sentence, according to BCCI.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Virat Kohli has been fined 10 percent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
“Kohli admitted to the Level 1 offense under Article 2.2 of the IPL Code of Conduct. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” BCCI said in a release.
The incident occurred after RCB left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell bowled a full delivery on Shivam Dube’s pads in the 17th over of the CSK innings. The lanky CSK all-rounder, who up until that time had been hitting the ball like a pro, got the toe of his bat caught by Mohammed Siraj just inches from the long-on boundary. It was an important wicket for RCB since Dube had the potential to win the game for them with his powerful hitting. Naturally, the RCB players rejoiced with the accomplishment, with Kohli sprinting over to Siraj and screaming his lungs out. Moreover, the former RCB captain was spotted mouthing a few words.
For Kohli, it wasn’t the finest of performances. When it was his turn to bat, he was unluckily removed for 6 in the first over of RCB’s 227-run chase when the ball nicked the inside edge, struck his pads, and slid onto the stumps, leaving youngster Aakash Singh thrilled with the huge wicket.
RCB made a roaring recovery in the chase thanks to captain Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell, despite losing two quick wickets. The international stars quickly reached their individual fifties by mauling the CSK bowlers to all corners of the Chinnaswamy. But, once they were all out in a row, the middle order of the RCB lacked the firepower to pursue the objective. They missed by eight runs.