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Kagiso Rabada's Aggressive Gesture At Shikhar Dhawan Costs 15% Of His Match Fees

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| February 14 , 2018 , 17:54 IST

With the majestic triumph in the 5th ODI at Port Elizabeth, Men in Blue created history by winning the series against South Africa on Tuesday. However, an aggressive gesture by Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada towards Shikhar Dhawan costed him 15 percent of his match fee.

Found guilty for breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the South African pacer was handed a demerit point taking his tally to five for making unpleasant gestures at Indian opener post his dismissal in eighth over.

Rabada not just waved at the batsman upon his departure but also made an indecent comment which prompted a reaction from Dhawan. The act led the 22-year-old bowler of getting charged by the on-field umpires Ian Gould and Shaun George under article 2.1.7.

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Third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth umpire Bongani Jele also agreed at charging the pacer for "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match".

Rabada already had 4 demerit points on his disciplinary record, 3 from Sri Lanka ODI on 8 February 2017 and one from the Lord's Test against England on 7 July 2017. His record has earlier lead to the bowler's suspension from Trent Bridge Test against England.

A recent statement released by ICC read, "Rabada admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing."

"If Rabada reaches the next threshold of eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, he will be suspended again from either two Tests; one Test and two ODIs/T20Is; or four ODIs/T20Is, whichever comes first for the player," the statement further added.