IPL 2021: Virat Kohli reprimanded for code of conduct breach

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli has been reprimanded for breaching the VIVO IPL 2021  Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. According to the official release by BCCI “Mr. Kohli admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.2 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. The Match Referee’s decision is final and binding”.

Why Virat Kohli has been penalised?

Virat Kohli smashed the chair in anger after getting out. He was fuming after getting out for just 33 runs off 29 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad. His innings comprised of four boundaries. He got so angry after getting dismissed that he was seen on camera hitting his bat on a boundary fence and a chair on his way to the pavilion near the RCB dugout. This is a violation of Level 1 of offence 2.2 of the IPL’s code of conduct.

Kohli has failed to score a half-century in the last seven innings. In the past 12 innings, he has scored just 333 runs scoring only three half-centuries. He is enduring a rough patch of form in IPL since last season.

RCB clinch second win in a row

RCB won their second match by six runs against SRH. In a very low-scoring match, Kohli’s side managed to defend the score of 149. Shahbaz Ahmed (3/7), Mohammed Siraj (2/25), Harshal Patel (2/25) did an impressive job in stopping Sunrisers. Patel added another two wickets to his tally as he currently leads the purple cap race with seven wickets in just two matches. 

On the other hand, SRH lost their second match in a row in IPL 2021. David Warner’s side had another poor day with the bat as their batting lineup shattered like a house of cards even after a strong start from Warner and Manish Pandey. SRH were 96/2 at one point but couldn’t manage to score 54 runs with eight wickets in hand.

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