Kohli could face a ban after heated exchange with umpire
The Chennai pitch assisted spin bowlers than fast bowlers. During the second innings of England’s batting, Indian spinners ran riot as they took all the wickets whereas the Indian fast bowlers remained wicketless. Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers as he took a maiden fifer on his Test debut.
Ravichandran Ashwin who bagged his 29th fifer in Test cricket accounted for 3 dismissals whereas chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav took 2 wickets. Earlier, India set a target of 482 for Joe Root and Co. England were far from being impressive in the run-chase as they fell prey to Indian spinners.
As a result, they were bowled out for 164 in the second innings. India won the second Test by 317 runs, which is their biggest ever victory over England in Test cricket. India climbed to the second spot in the ICC World Test Championship points table with 460 points.
Kohli could face a ban
Indian skipper Virat Kohli could face a one-match ban after an on-field spat with umpire Nitin Menon during the last over of Day 3 of the second Test match in Chennai. The altercation happened right after Team India’s review that led to an umpire’s call in favour of England captain Joe Root.
During the last over of Day 3, Axar Patel’s delivery had deflected off Joe Root’s pad which went into the hands of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Then, Team India made a strong appeal and as the umpire Nitin Menon was not interested in the appeal, Indians opted for a DRS.
Meanwhile, the TV replays showed that there was no bat involved at first but the ball’s impact on the pad led to umpire’s call in England’s favour. The ball-tracking showed that the ball was clearing hitting Joe Root’s off stump. This resulted in an argument between the Indian captain and the Indian umpire, which may now put the 32-year-old Kohli in trouble.
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Article 2.8 in the ICC’s Code of Conduct mentions “dissent at an Umpire’s decision”, which also covers “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the Umpire about his/her decision”. So, the punishment for such an offence could bring Level 1 or Level 2 charges on the Indian captain, bringing about one to four demerit points.
It should be noted that Kohli already has two demerit points and another four demerit points within 24 months result in a cricketer being suspended for 1 Test/2 ODIs or T20Is.