India vs England Test Series – Will Virat Kohli be banned?: Team India captain Virat Kohli could face a one-match ban, following a remonstrating with one of the on-field umpires. After Joe Root survived a close DRS LBW call on day three of the second Test, Kohli was captured animatedly arguing with on field umpire Nitin Menon.
In the last over of the day, delivery by Axar Patel hit the Root’s back pad. It was taken by the wicketkeeper and an appeal seemed to be for caught behind. It was given not out by the on-field umpire, Nitin Menon, but Kohli reviewed the decision. The review showed that there was no bat involved.
However, when the decision subsequently went to ball-tracking, the ball was projected to be ‘hitting’ the stumps, but the ball’s impact on the pad resulted in umpire’s call in England’ favour, which led to a heated argument between Kohli and Menon and may now put the Indian captain in trouble.
Article 2.8 in the ICC’s Code of Conduct covers “dissent at an Umpire’s decision”, and includes “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the Umpire about his/her decision”.
Thus, the punishment for such an offence could bring Level 1 or Level 2 charges on Kohli, resulting in one to four demerit points and it is worth mentioning that the 32-year-old already has two demerit points to his name from the past 24 months.
Were he to be found guilty of breaching protocol in this match, a possible punishment of two further demerit points would see him receive a suspension for one Test match as a total of four demerit points within 24 months result in a player being suspended for 1 Test/2 ODIs or T20Is.
Speaking on the incident David Lloyd, who used to sit on the ICC umpires’ committee, said: ‘He cannot be speaking to umpires like that and inciting the crowd. He should be setting a much better example. Someone in his camp should be having a word and the match referee should be very interested. It’s calculated and it’s not a good look.’
Ex-England captain Nasser Hussain added: ‘It was odd that the India team and their captain took the full 15 seconds to work out whether to review or not. They weren’t actually sure what they were reviewing for.
‘That tends to suggest there was a bit of doubt in their minds and yet Kohli seemed agitated by an umpire who had a milli-second to make that decision. If they were so certain that it was out and should have been given straight away, why did it take them so long?
‘Kohli pushes the line with umpires and officials. Joe Root went up and asked in a very smiley sort of way about a review earlier in the game, but Kohli is a lot more animated when he speaks to them — which doesn’t look good.’
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan also thrashed Kohli for his antics and said: ‘You can’t have this, I’m sorry.
‘Kohli is such a powerhouse, you can’t have him intimidating the umpire. It’s a stinker of a decision but you can’t be doing that as a captain.’
However, Virat Kohli is likely to escape punishment.
Notably, match referees have 24 hours from when on-field incidents are brought to their attention to act and the ICC confirmed Sportsmail on Monday night that Javagal Srinath, who is the match referee for the second Test between India and England, was yet to inform their cricket department of any action.