India is playing the second test match against the Proteas at Wanderers. At the time of writing this post, South Africa is on 147 runs with the loss of four wickets. During the overs, Rishabh Pant was seen asking the team members to speed up.
Teams need to change sides after every over and that sometimes can take time. India is wary of the over rate for which they were docked off 1 point from the winning points in the Centurion test match. Rishabh Pant could be heard saying “Jaldi bhaiyo jaldi” i.e. “Common guys quick”. India is operating mainly their fast bowlers and they tend to take more time than the spinners. There was criticism of the slow over-rate penalty that India faced as the match ended well within the five days.
According to the ICC rules, sides should aim to bowl at least 15 overs per hour and they can avoid the penalty if they bowled even 14 overs. Anything less than that is bound for a penalty. Apart from the one point that was taken from India’s WTC tally, Indian players were also fined 20 percent of their match fees.
England recently suffered a massive penalty when they were docked off 8 points for the slow over-rate in the first Ashes test. Critics and commentators said that the penalty was too harsh as that match too ended almost in four days.