Virat Kohli, the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore has been reprimanded for breaching the Code of Conduct of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL).
The incident took place during their second game against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday, a BCCI release has stated.
“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.” stated the release as well.
Meanwhile, offence 2.2 of the Code of Conduct for the IPL is related to the abuse of cricket equipment. And, Virat Kohli was seen hitting the boundary rope and chair near the dugout in frustration after walking back to the dugout as he got out for 33 off 29 off Jason Holder and Vijay Shankar grabbed the catch in the deep.
As far as the match is concerned, Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to defend 149 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad and won by six runs as well. Sunrisers Hyderabad were on the verge of winning at one point with the scoreboard read 96-1 in the 14th over, but they couldn’t reach the target due to a sudden collapse in the middle order and put up 143-9 in theiralloted 20 overs.
“I believed we could win with 150” – Virat Kohli
After the win, Virat Kohli said: “Not as exhausted as I am proud (of the team). It was a top game for us, the wicket is going to get challenging, we saw that yesterday. You are never really out of the game in these conditions. We have more bowling options and those extra bowling options made those impact performances in the middle overs. I told the guys don’t think that we struggled to get to 149. I believed we could win with 150. If it was tough for us, it will be tough for them as well. Chasing under pressure and you lose wickets, the game can swing anywhere.”
“The wicket was never a belter and our execution under pressure was spot on. It kept getting tougher and tougher with the old ball. I tried to build the momentum with few boundaries in the powerplay. I think Maxi’s innings was the difference for us. To be very honest, we are not over excited with wins this season. We have clarity of plans. We traded Harshal from Delhi, gave him a specific role and he’s doing an outstanding job for us. We are taking one game at a time, we are enjoying playing with each other. Need to be professional and do the job on the field,” Virat Kohli concluded.