The Indian opening batsman KL Rahul has been fined by the ICC for breaching their code of conduct in the fourth Test match against England at Oval cricket ground. Rahul was included in the Indian team after watching his good performance in the practice matches in England. In the fourth Test, the 29-year-old opened the innings with Rohit Sharma in the second innings for India. After getting summed up at 191 in the first innings it was a brighter start from the Indian openers in the second one.
After an 83-runs partnership between the two, KL Rahul was at the crease getting ready to face England’s star bowler James Anderson’s ball. The ball hit his bat and was collected by Jonny Bairstow who is the wicket-keeper in this match for England. The umpire said not out but the England players were not convinced by the Umpire’s decision so they took a review. A slight movement in the Ultra edge was enough for the third umpire to overturn the on-field Umpire’s decision. The Indian opener didn’t seem pretty impressed with the decision and he was claiming to the umpire that his bat touched his pads, not the ball. Even after giving him a warning, Rahul kept on protesting against the decision.
Rahul breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which says “showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match”, the world cricket governing body said in their official statement.
However, Team India and KL Rahul himself have accepted the charges so any further hearing on the particular case is not required.