India Vs West Indies: Navdeep Saini Penalised; handed Demerit Point For "aggressive Gestures" At Nicholas Pooran

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India pacer Navdeep Saini was on Monday handed one demerit point for making "aggressive gestures" at Nicholas Pooran following the West Indies batsman's dismissal in the first T20 International of the three-match series here.

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India pacer Navdeep Saini was on Monday handed one demerit point for making "aggressive gestures" at Nicholas Pooran following the West Indies batsman's dismissal in the first T20 International of the three-match series here.

Navdeep Saini penalized

The incident took place during the West Indies' innings when Saini took the wicket of Pooran.

"Saini was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to using actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon their dismissal," said the ICC in a statement.

"He has also been handed one demerit point," the statement added. 

Debutant Saini was charged by the on-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Gregory Braithwaite, third umpire Leslie Reifer and fourth official Patrick Gustard. He admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. 

Hence, there was no need for a formal hearing. 

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Navdeep Saini is a raw talent: Virat Kohli

26-year-old Saini claimed three wickets for 17 runs to help India restrict the West Indies to 95 for 9 after being put to bat. India then chased down the target with 2.4 overs to spare for a 4-wicket win.

"Navdeep is from Delhi and he has come a long way. He plays the IPL as well and had a great season," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. 

"He is a raw talent, has raw pace. He is one of them who can bowl 150 clicks and there are hardly any who bowl at that pace and he is fit. He is someone who can build a name for himself and he is hungry as well. Hopefully he builds on from here," he added.

India won the first T20 against West Indies by four wickets with Saini putting on an impressive bowing display, chipping in with three wickets for 17 runs here on Saturday.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar praises Saini's consistency

Pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar too joined in the chorus singing praises for Saini and said that the young bowlers have performed well at various stages. He further added that the performances of the youngsters allow him to give them unconditional support and ensure comfort for them in the team.    

"He (Saini) bowled really well as everyone has seen. The most important thing is that he proved himself at different stages whether it is domestic cricket, IPL (Indian Premier League) or India A," Kumar said during the post-match press conference.

"Being a senior player, you always want to perform and if you could not perform, you just want to contribute to the team. This is the first I wanted to do and luckily I did that. But when youngsters play with you like Navdeep Saini did well, Khaleel is there, so, you always want to talk to them and you always want to make them feel comfortable. That is the first thing I want to do and that is what I did with them," he added.

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(With inputs from PTI) 

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