Indian paceman Ishant Sharma has been fined 15% of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in the fourth Test against Australia.
Ishant Sharma has had the gleam slightly taken off his part in India’s whitewash over Australia after being fined by the International Cricket Council.
Sharma was charged by the ICC for breaching Article 2.1.6 of the Code of Conduct which relates to:
“Pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion by a bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a batsman during an International match.”
The incident related to the Indian bowler’s celebrations upon dismissing Australian James Pattinson and proceeding to point and cheer towards his team in the pavilion.
Sharma pleaded guilty to the charges put towards him by the ICC and as a result has been fined 15% of his match fee.
Tension was clearly high in the fourth and final Test of the series between India and Australia as Aussie opener David Warner was also warned about his behaviour in the match.
Warner had a verbal altercation with Indian batsman Ravindra Jadeja about the player running down the middle of the wicket when going for a quick couple.
Jadeja complained to the umpires and Australian stand-in captain Shane Watson was asked to talk to his fielder.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni was also at the crease at the time and had his own opinion on Warner’s actions.
“The schoolboys just graduated into college for a while,” Dhoni said on ESPNcricinfo.
“One thing I always tell the match referee is that whichever team starts it, I think the other team has an equal right to give it back to them.”