IPL 2022: Dinesh Karthik reprimanded for breaching code of conduct during LSG vs RCB game

Karthik used offensive words that were recorded in the stump mic.

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Dinesh Karthik. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s wicket-keeper batter Dinesh Karthik has been reprimanded for breaching the Indian Premier League’s Code of Conduct under Article 2.3 of the IPL Code of Conduct on May 25 during RCB’s Eliminator match against the Lucknow Super Giants at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

The offenses are covered under various levels depending on the behavior and seriousness of the act. Article 2.3 of the Level 1 suggests the use of an audible obscenity during a match. This includes the usage of offensive words by the player, in any language, which is audible to the spectators, and the audience, either through the stump mics, or otherwise.

“Mr. Karthik admitted to the Level 1 offense under Article 2.3 of the IPL Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the match referee’s decision is final and binding,” the IPL said in a statement.

While batting in the first innings of the clash against LSG, Karthik used offensive words out of frustration. Batting during the death overs, Rajat Patidar and Dinesh Karthik built up wonderful innings. Karthik moved towards his right trying to hit a wide ball to get some runs, but failed to do so and swung his bat in the air, thereby missing a shot. He shouted out of frustration using some abusive words that were recorded by the stump mic.

RCB to face RR in Qualifier 2

Speaking of the match, RCB were able to keep their IPL finals hopes alive as they defeated LSG by 14 runs in the Eliminator. Rajat Patidar and Karthik’s partnership helped RCB put up a target of 208 runs for LSG to chase. While it looked like the debutants would possibly do it as they started very well, RCB bowlers performed brilliantly to restrict them.

Winning the game, RCB made their way into the Qualifier 2 to lock horns with the inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals. Both teams are just one win away from entering the finals and facing the Gujarat Titans. The penultimate match of the league, the Qualifier 2 will take place today, May 27, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.