Team India had a poor start to their tour of Australia after losing the first ODI of 3-Match series by 66 runs on Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
After the massive defeat at the hands of Australia, team India had faced another blow as Virat Kohli’s men were found to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration as the series opener was played over 8 hours.
On November 28, India players have been fined 20 percent of their match fee for slow over-rate during their 66-run defeat to Australia in the 1st ODI of 3-Match series. In this regard, match referee David Boon imposed the sanction after the visitors were ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were considered.
“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said.
On-field umpires Rod Tucker and Sam Nogajski, TV umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth umpire Gerard Abood leveled the charge.
Virat Kohli pleaded guilty for the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so ‘there was no need for a formal hearing’, the International Cricket Council said in a statement.
The visitors were also slammed by many former cricketers and experts for maintaining a slow over-rate throughout the course of the Australian inning.
While former Indian opener and now commentator Aakash Chopra tweeted, “It’s been 7.30 hours since the start of this game….and we have at least one hour of play to go.”
Former England captain Vaughan, on the other hand wrote, “India’s over rate is appalling … !!! Body language defensive … fielding is my standard (shocking) … Bowling ordinary !!! Aussies on the other hand have been outstanding … Long tour for India me thinks …”
As long as match is concerned, the host Australia has took a 1-0 lead in the opening ODI of 3-Match series against India. The second ODI will be held at the same venue on Sunday.