Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has been reprimanded by Match Referee Vengalil Narayan Kutty for breaching the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Kohli was charged with a Level 1 breach of clause 2.2 which relates to "Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a Match".
A statement from IPL said, "Mr Kohli admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.2 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding."
Why Virat Kohli has been reprimanded?
Earlier, in the match against SRH, Kohli was visibly upset after he was dismissed for 33 off 29 balls. Kohli mistimed a pull- shot off the bowling of Jason Holder and got very angry after the dismissal. The RCB captain took out his anger on a chair in the RCB dugout as he slammed the chair in frustration on his way back to the dressing room. He also smashed his bat on the boundary fence while his other RCB teammates looked on.
Kohli has plans for the season
RCB won their second consecutive game as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 runs. Kohli's men managed to defend a total of 149 against SRH with Shahbaz Ahmed striking thrice in one over. Reacting to the victory, Kohli said at the post-match presentation,
“To be very honest, we are not over excited with wins this season. We have plans. We traded Harshal (Patel) from Delhi, gave him a specific role and he’s doing a great job.”