India opener KL Rahul had a brilliant outing with the bat in the second innings of the fourth Test and was looking good to get a big score. However, his innings was cut short by a peach from James Anderson at 46. Rahul was given caught behind just at the stroke of Lunch.
However, the opener felt the ball had hit the pad thus decided to review the decision. There was a clear spike as the ball went past the bat thus the on-field call was upheld by the third umpire. Even then, Rahul was not satisfied and vent out his frustration. His on-field antiques landed him in trouble as he was fined 15 per cent of his match fee and was also handed one demerit point. The accumulation of four such points within a period of 24 months results in a ban from one Test or two limited-overs games.
Rahul breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, relating to “ showing dissent at an umpire’s decision in an International Match.”
The punishment was finalised by the umpires' panel which included on-field umpires Alex Wharf and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Michael Gough, and match referee Chris Broad. KL Rahul agreed to the charges thus no formal hearing was held.
Meanwhile, Rahul along with Rohit Sharma got India off to a solid start. Despite Rahul’s departure, Rohit carried on and stroked his maiden overseas Test hundred. At stumps on Day 3, India are ahead by 171 runs and looking good to set a challenging total for England.