New Delhi: The final day of Adelaide Test will also test Virat Kolhi's time-management skills. The Indian stand-in skipper is under the scanner having failed to meet the minimum over rate per hour on the penultimate day of the series opener.
India, despite their best efforts, could managed to bowl only 69 overs at a rate of 13.1 overs per over on Friday. In contrast, the ICC rules say a minimum of 15 overs per hour should be achieved.
Now, how match referee Jeff Crowe sees things will decide Kohli's chances of playing the Brisbane Test which starts on December 17. If the referee deems the slow over rate serious, Kohli will serve a one Test match ban (or two ODIs). And if it's considered a minimum offence, the skipper will only lose 20% of his match fee.
However, everything is not that gloomy for the Indian camp. Before arriving into any kind of conclusion or penalty, the match referee will consider all the factors which might have delayed the proceedings. India tried their best to meet the rate by employing part-time spinners.
Interestingly, regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was suspended for a match during India's last tour Down Under in 2011/2012, giving Wriddhiman Saha his second appearance for India.
Last week only, England captain Alastair Cook served a one match against Sri Lanka for a second over-rate penalty in the last 12 months.