The first ODI between India and Australia in Sydney was a vague experience in terms of slow over-rate that tested patience of another level.
The Indian team were guilty of crossing their limit by a minimum of 40 minutes, with Australia being slightly better. ICC took a dim view of the over rate, slapping the Virat Kohli-led side with a 20 percent fine.
However, after time allowances were taken into consideration, Match Referee David Boon imposed the sanction on the Indian team after consulting with On-field umpires Rod Tucker and Sam Nogajski, TV umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth umpire Gerard Abood. After the Indian skipper pleaded guilty to the offense, there was no formal warning required.
“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offenses, players are fined 20 percent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” ICC said in a media release.
Opining on the situation, many former players and experts asked for a stringent punishment with Adam Zampa, the Australian spinner, assessing that the lack of excitement in the game resulted in a painfully slow experience that could have been avoided otherwise.
Indian team to be careful in second ODI
As the second ODI between the two teams will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, both Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch will lead their band of boys to gather and ask them to focus on getting the job done within the stipulated period of time.