Gambhir fined for kicking chair during RCB tie

Gambhir fined for kicking chair during RCB tie

Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for his poor conduct that saw him kick a chair during his team’s victory over RCB, while rival captain Virat Kohli was fined Rs. 24 lakh for slow over-rate for the second time.

The RCB skipper has now paid a total fine of Rs. 36 lakh, having already been fined Rs. 12 lakh for an earlier offence of slow over-rate. The penalty was doubled as it was the second time his bowlers failed to maintain the over-rate.

According to an IPL media release: “Gautam Gambhir of Kolkata Knight Riders was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the Vivo-Indian Premier League (IPL) code of conduct during his team’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on Monday.

“He admitted to the Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.8) of abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures, and fittings during a match.

For Level 1 breaches of the IPL code of conduct, the match referee’s decision is final and binding.”

TV replays showed Gambhir kicking a chair in the dug-out after Suryakumar Yadav hit a boundary and took Knight Riders closer to the target, an outburst the commentators found difficult to understand as his side was winning.

As for Kohli, the release said: “Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, was fined after the team maintained a slow over-rate against Knight Riders in Bengaluru on Monday.

“Since it was his second offence of the season under the IPL’s code of conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Kohli was fined Rs. 24 lakh. The rest of the players were fined Rs. six lakh each, or 25 per cent of their match fee.”