Indian opener KL Rahul on Sunday was fined 15% of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire’s decision when he was adjudged caught behind following a DRS review on the third day of the fourth Test against England in London.
KL Rahul opened batting for team India in the 2nd innings on Saturday. Indian opener patiently played his innings to get 46 runs off 101 balls. KL feathered a ball bowled by James Anderson into Johny Bairstow’s gloves.
“Rahul was found to have breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match,” an ICC release said.
One demerit point has been added to the disciplinary, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.
Rahul admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees. There was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Alex Wharf, third umpire Michael Gough and fourth official Mike Burns levelled the charges.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
If a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period. Then they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned.
Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is. Whatever comes first for the player.
Demerit points remain on a player or player support personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of 24 months from their imposition following which they are expunged.
Rahul’s 46 helped India get off to a good start in the second innings at the Oval, with opening partner Rohit Sharma going on to score a century and Cheteshwar Pujara hitting a half-century to take India to a good position at the end of Day 3.
India lead England by 171 runs ahead of Day 4, with Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease.
Rahul has been in fine form this series and is only. He stands behind Joe Root and Rohit Sharma in the run-scorers’ list.
With one century and a fifty, Rahul has scored 315 runs in the series with an average of 42.85.
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