India faced a setback in the ICC World Test Championship points table after the International Cricket Council (ICC) docked them two crucial points for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Boxing Day Test match against South Africa at the Supersport Park in Centurion. The ICC also imposed a 10% fine on the match fees for every player.
The decision came after South Africa secured a dominant victory over India, winning the match by an innings and 32 runs, with India being bowled out for 131 in their second innings. The defeat pushed India down to the fifth spot in the WTC points table.
According to the ICC release, India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, accepted the sanction after pleading guilty to the offence, negating the need for a formal hearing. The on-field umpires, Paul Reiffel and Langton Rusere, along with third umpire Ahsan Raza and fourth umpire Stephen Harris, leveled the charge against India for being two overs short of the target.
As per Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, teams are fined 5% of their match fee for every over they fail to bowl in the allotted time.
India, who had 16 points from three Tests and a points percentage of 44.44, slipped to the sixth position in the standings after the deduction of points for the slow over-rate. The defeat in Centurion marked a disappointing start for India in their quest for their first-ever series win in South Africa.
Despite a strong start with a brilliant knock from KL Rahul on the first day, India struggled to maintain their momentum. South Africa’s Dean Elgar and Marco Jansen’s contributions in the first innings put the hosts in a commanding position, which India failed to recover from.
India’s bowlers, except for Jasprit Bumrah, were unable to contain the South African batsmen. Debutant Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur faced a tough challenge and were unable to make significant breakthroughs.
India will look to bounce back in the New Year’s Test in Cape Town to level the series against South Africa.