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Kohli: India to blame for over-rate points penalty

Kohli as captain is a key figure in maintaining the over-rate

Update : 12 Aug 2021, 02:51 PM

India captain Virat Kohli said his team had no one to blame but themselves after both they and England were docked two World Test Championship points each for maintaining a slow over-rate in their rain-marred drawn series opener at Nottingham last week.

Both teams were also fined 40% of their match fee by match referee Chris Broad.

England and India now take two points each out of the Test, the first of a five-match series, instead of the four they would normally receive for a draw under the new points system for the 2021-23 WTC cycle.

Kohli as captain is a key figure in maintaining the over-rate. 

The points deductions could yet have a bearing on whether England or India qualify for the second WTC final, with Australia having missed out on this year's inaugural showpiece match - where India were beaten by New Zealand at Southampton in June - partly as a result of over-rate penalties.

One key factor in the slow over-rates at Trent Bridge was that both attacks were dominated by fast bowlers, with India left-armer Ravindra Jadeja the lone spinner on either side.

Frequent rain interruptions delayed the game, while batsmen on both sides took their time to face-up.

Australia saw their hopes of playing in the WTC final harmed when they were docked four points for a slow over-rate during the 2020 Boxing Day Test.

Together with a 2-1 series loss to India, that pushed New Zealand into second place in the table.

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