Ace Indian batting sensation and stand-in skipper of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli has been penalized a hefty fine for maintaining a slow-over rate in their recently concluded pool stage fixture against Rajasthan Royals. Along with Kohli, the entire RCB squad including the Impact Player and the Substitutes have been charged with fines. The Royal Challengers Bangalore have breached the important regulation regarding completion of the 20-overs within a stipulated time frame of 100 minutes. Notably, RCB is facing its second slow-over rate penalty in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League 2023.
Virat charged a whopping 24 lakhs while other players will pay huge 6 lakhs
Skipper Virat Kohli has been fined Rs. 24 Lakhs whereas the rest of the RCB players were ordered to pay either Rs. 6 Lakhs or 25% of their match fees, whichever is less. Apart from the monetary penalty, RCB also faced an on-field penalty as they had to bowl the deciding 20th over of the game with only 4 fielders outside the 30-Yard Circle. Interestingly, RCB managed to win the game and entertain the exciting crowd at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
RCB has previously faced their first slow-over rate offense against Lucknow Super Giants at their home turf in Bangalore. Faf du Plessis was the captain of the side and he was charged with Rs. 12 Lakhs. However, no other RCB players were charged during the first instance. Unfortunately, RCB went on to lose the game against KL Rahul & Co.
Virat Kohli has replaced Faf du Plessis as an interim captain from the last two games as the Proteas batsman is suffering from an intercostal strain on his ribs. However, du Plessis came in to bat in both fixtures and played pivotal knocks to lead his side to a victory. RCB has managed to win four of their seven games and stands in the fifth position.
Previously, Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul has also penalized Rs. 12 Lakhs for maintaining a slow-over rate offense for the first time in his career.
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