IND vs SA: ICC docked points and fined India for slow over-rate

IND vs SA: The penalty stems from falling two overs short of the target during the match, which is a clear violation of ICC regulations.

Satyam Singh
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IND vs SA: After a disappointing performance in the first Test, the situation for India just got worse, as the International Cricket Council (ICC) docked them two crucial World Test Championship (WTC) points and slapped a 10% fine on each player's match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa. This comes after a crushing innings and 32-run defeat in the first Test. The defeat against Protese men pushed India to the fifth spot in the WTC points table. 

The penalty stems from falling two overs short of the target during the match, which is a clear violation of ICC regulations. India skipper Rohit Sharma promptly admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, avoiding a formal hearing. However, this couldn't mitigate the impact on India's WTC standing.

What are the rules for slow overrate?

According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which addresses the minimum over-rate offences, the players are fined 5% of their match fee for every over if their team fails to bowl in the allocated time.

The deducted points send India tumbling down the table as the gap between India and Australia widens.

India's disappointing performance in first Test

Compounding the off-field disappointment, India were outplayed by the South Africans in all departments in Centurion. After KL Rahul's brilliant ton, 'Men in Blue' failed to scalp wickets at regular intervals. South Africa started to widen the gap between runs. Dean Elgar scored 185 and Marco Jansen scored a career-best 84* to take the hosts to 408 in their first innings. However, India skipper Rohit admitted that it was not a 400+ wicket and that is where the game slipped away from India.

Kohli's 76 runs knock was a lone bright spot in India's second-innings collapse, where they were bundled out for a mere 131 within 34.1 overs. The pace attack, barring Jasprit Bumrah, failed to scalp wickets, leaving the team management with plenty to ponder before the New Year's Test in Cape Town.

India's hope to win a test series on South African turf was shattered by the loss in Centurian, all they can do is to level the series. The slow-over-rate penalty adds another layer of frustration to India's South African sojourn, raising serious questions about their performance in the final phase of the WTC cycle.