Sydney, Jan 5 (): Virat kohli, who is facing a tough time in Australia though struggling to respond to Australian bowlers, has silenced the annoying crowd by showing his middle finger to a section of crowd at the SCG. Kohli was photographed raising his middle finger towards the spectators when the Indian bowlers were struggling to end the long and irritating partnership between Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting.
Kohli, however, justified his act on his Twitter account after the second day’s play. “I agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. The worst I’ve heard,” tweeted Kohli.
To which England batsman Kevin Pietersen replied, tweeting, “ha ha ha ha ha!!! Welcome to Australia buddy!!”
Kohli again responded back to Pietersen, saying: “never heard crap like that. EVER.”
Virat Kohli justification however was not able to impress the ICC disciplinary panel. He was charged with a Level 2 offence.
The repeat of any Level 1 Offence within 12 months automatically attracts Level 2 offence. The Level 1 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct relates to “using language or gesture(s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other third person during an international match”.
Virat Kohli was fined 50 percent of his match fee by match referee Ranjan Madugalle. The minimum penalty of having half of his match fee docked or a maximum penalty of a one-Test suspension.
Last month, Kohli had been reprimanded for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during the third one-dayer against the West Indies in Ahmedabad. After being given out lbw, he had stood his ground for a considerable time. Later he pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence, while accepting the proposed sanction from the match referee, David Boon.
India team media manager GS Walia said Kohli had been informed of the charge on Thursday and had pleaded guilty to making the gesture.
“The matter has been sorted out… the player felt guilty and sorry and the matter has been closed,” Walia told reporters. “When he went to the match referee, he said sorry and that out of emotions ‘I must have done it’.”