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Kohli reprimanded by ICC for inappropriate physical contact

Virat Kohli has copped a demerit point after being found guilty of inappropriate physical contact with South Africa pacer Beuran Hendricks in the third T20I on Sunday.

The India skipper has received an official warning for breaching Article 2.12 relating to the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which involves “Inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match.”

Kohli's culpable actions occurred during the fifth over of his side's innings when he clashed shoulders with Hendricks while taking a single.

India eventually lost the T20I by nine wickets as South Africa clinched a series-levelling victory and the left-arm fast bowler was named player of the match.

This is Kohli's third demerit point since the revised system was introduced in September 2016 and an additional point could lead to conversion into suspension points resulting in a ban for one Test, two ODIs or two T20Is.

His previous offences came during the Pretoria Test against South Africa in January 2018 and against Afghanistan in the World Cup.

There was no need for a formal hearing after Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction imposed by match referee Richie Richardson.

"On-field umpires Nitin Menon and C K Nandan, third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth official Chettihody Shamshuddin levelled the charge," the ICC statement read.

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