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Kohli’s on-field aggression lands him in trouble

Kohli’s on-field aggression lands him in trouble

Virat Kohli’s extreme on-field aggression landed him in hot waters as has been fined for his "aggressive" approach to an umpire during their 11-run win over Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday in the ongoing Cricket World Cup.

The Indian captain has been docked 25% of his match fee and given one demerit point for breaching level one of the ICC code of conduct, for "excessive appealing". The incident occurred in the 29th over of the Afghanistan innings, when Kohli advanced towards umpire Aleem Dar in an aggressive manner when appealing an lbw decision.

Kohli admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing. Kohli now has two demerit points after having got one demerit point during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018.

According to the ICC rules, when a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and the player is banned.