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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

India captain Virat Kohli fined for quarreling with umpires in Centurion cricket Test

Dinesh Karthik gets call to replace injured Wriddhiman Saha as wicketkeeper for third and final match against South Africa

Virat Kohli, left, was not a happy man on Monday after arguments with the on-field umpires. Gianluigi Guercia / AFP
Virat Kohli, left, was not a happy man on Monday after arguments with the on-field umpires. Gianluigi Guercia / AFP

Indian captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee following an altercation with the umpires during the third day of the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Monday.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the sanction, imposed by match referee Chris Broad, in a statement on Tuesday.

Kohli also received one demerit point for breaching level one of the ICC code of conduct relating to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game".

The incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa's second innings when Kohli complained to on-field umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a wet outfield before "throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner".

Kohli pleaded guilty to the charge.

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Dinesh Karthik will replace injured Wriddhiman Saha in India's Test squad for the third and final Test against South Africa. Jewel Samad / AFP
Dinesh Karthik will replace injured Wriddhiman Saha in India's Test squad for the third and final Test against South Africa. Jewel Samad / AFP

Karthik back in India Test squad

Meanwhile, India called up Dinesh Karthik to fly to South Africa to replace injured wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for the third and final Test against the Proteas.

Saha, the first choice Test wicketkeeper since MS Dhoni retired in 2014, missed the second Test due a hamstring injury.

Karthik, 32, last played a Test for his country in 2010. He will join the team ahead of the final Test starting in Johannesburg on January 24, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.

Karthik has played 23 Tests with 51 catches and five stumpings to his name.

The BCCI said Saha, who claimed 10 catches in the first Test in Cape Town, "suffered an upper left hamstring tendon injury" during training last Thursday. He was replaced by Parthiv Patel for the second game against South Africa.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs.