Virat Kohli, the India captain, accrued one demerit point and was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for his conduct which was found to be “contrary to the spirit of the game”. His offence was a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which carries a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
On Day 3 of the second Test against South Africa in Centurion, during the 25th over of the home team’s second innings, Kohli continuously complained to the onfield umpire Michael Gough about the condition of the ball, insisting that it was being affected by the damp outfield. He also threw the ball into the ground “in an aggressive manner” which prompted the onfield umpires Gough and Paul Reiffel, along with third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar, to bring the charges.
Following the third day’s play, Kohli acknowledged his misdemeanour and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Chris Broad, which meant that there was no need for a formal hearing.