Virat Kohli faces prospects of getting banned: The Indian captain will be looking to be at his behavioral best against Sri Lanka.
Apart from scoring runs and leading the Indian team well, India captain Virat Kohli now faces an additional task of taking care of his on-field behavior during India’s last league match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Saturday.
In a development which has happened for the second time in the tournament, Kohli has been found wanting of excessive appealing and showing dissent with the umpire’s decision.
As a result, Kohli has received another demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Kohli seemed to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which is linked to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”.
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Virat Kohli faces prospects of getting banned
It all happened in the 12th over of the Bangladeshi innings when on-field umpire Marais Erasmus ruled a decision in the batsman’s favour. After Kohli decided to opt for the review, even third umpire Aleem Dar stood by the on-field umpire’s decision.
Citing some confusion with respect to whether the ball hit the Bangladesh opening batsman Soumya Sarkar’s bat or not, Kohli was seen showing dissent with Erasmus.
Earlier, Kohli was involved in a similar conflict with the on-field umpire in the match against Afghanistan which saw him accumulating a demerit point.
It is worth mentioning that Kohli’s first demerit point had come during the tour of South Africa last year. With these points valid for a couple of years, another point will see the Indian skipper facing a ban.
Currently, Kohli holds three demerit points and faces prospects of a one Test match or two limited-over matches ban. A player is banned if he accumulates four demerit points in a two-year period. If a played accumulates eight points, the length of the ban increases.