Indian opener KL Rahul has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after showing dissent towards umpire’s decision in the fourth Test at The Oval. Rahul was given caught behind of a delivery by James Anderson. The opener was not pleased with the decision and opted for a review. There was a clear spike as the ball went past the bat and the on-field decision was upheld by the third umpire. However, Rahul was still not satisfied with the decision as he felt the bat made the contact with the pad.
Rahul was found to breach Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, relating to “ showing dissent at an umpire’s decision in an International Match.”
In addition to the fine, Rahul has been slapped with one demerit point as well. The accumulation of four such points within a period of 24 months results in a ban from one Test or two limited-overs games.
The decision was made by on-field umpires Alex Wharf and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Michael Gough, and match referee Chris Broad. Rahul accepted the charges thus no need for a formal hearing was felt.
Meanwhile, Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma made a solid start and helped India wipe off the lead before Rahul was dismissed just short of his half-century. However, Rohit Sharma carried on and stroked a magnificent hundred, his first in overseas conditions. He was brilliantly supported by Cheteshwar Pujara as the duo added 153 runs for the second wicket. At the end of Day 3, India are ahead by 171 runs with Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease.