Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was reprimanded by Match Referee Vengalil Narayan Kutty following a breach of the IPL’s Code of Conduct during the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday (April 14).
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”.
Television cameras picked up Kohli kicking an advertising cushion as well as a chair placed by the dugout following his dismissal for 33 by Jason Holder. Incidentally, a similar transgression by Gautam Gambhir in an IPL game against RCB in 2016 had seen him get docked 15% of his match fee.
“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,” IPL official statement reads.
Kohli though was calm and composed during their successful defense of a 149-run total. While the India captain fell for 33, RCB’s new recruit Glenn Maxwell hit a 41-ball 59 to help the side post a par total in Chennai.