Kagiso Rabada Fined for Shikhar Dhawan Send-off
South African speedster Kagiso Rabada was charged with 15 percent of his match fee and received one demerit point for taunting Shikhar Dhawan. The incident took place during the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, India wrapped up the series 4-1 beating South Africa by 73 runs.
Batting first India posted 274 on the board banking on Rohit Sharma’s century. However, in reply, they restricted South Arica with 201 runs to seal the series The young duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal did the job for India with the ball. Virat Kohli & Co went into the record books as they became the first Indian team to win a series in South Africa.
How did the incident happen:
The incident took place in the eighth over of India’s innings. Rabada bends his back and brings it into Dhawan’s body. Dhawan flat-bats that hook into the cups of Phehlukwayo at the deep backward square leg. Rabada shouted “bye” to Dhawan waved at the departing batsman which landed him in trouble.
The match officials charged Rabada under article 2.1.7, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”
However, Rabada admitted his wrongdoings and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft.
Rabada accumulates five demerit points:
Rabada now has five demerit points on his disciplinary record. Previously, he received three demerit points against Sri Lanka in a One-Day International on 8 February 2017. While he received another demerit point during the Lord’s Test against England on 7 July 2017.
Rabada served a one-match ban at Trentbridge during the Test series against England after he acquired four points.
Meanwhile, if Rabada reaches eight demerit points he can get suspended for again from either two Tests; one Test and two ODIs / T20Is; or four ODIs / T20Is, whichever comes first for the player.
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