India Penalized for Slow Over-Rate in First Test Against Proteas
India faced penalties in the first Test against South Africa, with a 10% fine of their match fee and the loss of two ICC World Test Championship points due to maintaining a slow over-rate as per Chris Broad, the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees.
ICC Sanctions Over Slow Over-Rate
Chris Broad invoked Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, imposing the fine and penalty after India fell short by two overs of the target, even after considering time allowances.
Rohit Sharma Accepts Guilt
India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, admitted guilt to the offense and accepted the proposed sanction without the need for a formal hearing, acknowledging the inexperience within the bowling lineup.
Defending Under-Fire Bowlers
Sharma defended the inexperienced bowlers, emphasizing the mental aspect of their game over experience.
He highlighted the challenges faced due to the absence of key bowlers and expressed confidence in the potential of young players.
Pitch Conditions and Preparation
Sharma commented on pitch conditions, suggesting that their decision to prepare pitches according to their requirements stemmed from the disparity between practice match conditions and actual Test match scenarios experienced in previous tours.
Assessment of Bowlers’ Performance
Sharma praised Jasprit Bumrah’s performance but noted the lack of support from other bowlers.
He underscored the learning experience from such games and the need for the bowling group to analyze and bounce back stronger.
Insights from the Skipper
Reflecting on the match, Sharma highlighted the learnings for the team, particularly in understanding their approach as a bowling group, indicating a hopeful comeback in subsequent games.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn