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.
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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.”