Eoin Morgan, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, has been fined Rs 12 lakhs under the IPL’s Code of Conduct for maintaining a slow over-rate during the loss against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday at the Wankhede. This Eoin Morgan’s and his side’s first slow over-rate offence this season.
According to the IPL guidelines, the captain of the team sanctioned with this particular offence is fined Rs 12 lakh the first time; the second time the charge increases to Rs 24 lakh and every other member of playing XI is fined 25 per cent of the match fee or INR 6 lakh, whichever is lesser.
On the third foul in the same season, not only Rs 30 lakh is levied on the skipper but he also has to serve a one-match ban, while rest of the members of the playing XI are fined INR 12 lakh or 50 per cent of the match fee, whichever is lesser.
Earlier in the tournament, CSK captain MS Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians skipper have also been levied the same charge for their side’s first over-rate offence.
“Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 21,” a statement released by the IPL said.
“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr Morgan was fined Rs 12 lakh,” it added.
We have to be proud of getting so close and putting ourselves in the winning position: Eoin Morgan
KKR suffered an 18-run loss, but it could have been much worse if not for the knocks from Andre Russell (54 off 22), Dinesh Karthik (40 off 24), and Pat Cummins (66 off 34) after Eoin Morgan’s team lost 5 wickets inside the powerplay.
While chasing 221, KKR stuttered to 31-5 before the trio ensued carnage keeping the game alive till the last over, where 20 runs were required. The skipper, however, reckons he was more concerned with the loss than the possibility of their net run rate taking a nosedive and is proud for the batters bringing the game in touching distance after the poor powerplay.
“I wasn’t worried about the net run rate (when we lost early wickets). When you are five down, you are bothered about the result of the game and try and find a solution to try and put yourself in a winning position.
“Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell did that. Their partnership did turn the momentum and the fortune our way, considering the really bad start we had,” Eoin Morgan said after the game.
“The whole of the innings, we were up with where CSK were in the position in the first innings. But, those five mistakes earlier did cost us. We have to be proud of getting so close and putting ourselves in the winning position,” he added.
KKR has now lost their last 3 games in a row, after winning the first match. They take on Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals on Saturday.