IPL 2024: KKR pacer Harshit Rana faces one match suspension for his gesture during the DC clash

May 1, 2024

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fast bowler Harshit Rana has been hit with a double whammy for breaching the IPL’s Code of Conduct during their match against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Monday, April 29th.

IPL Governing Council punishes Harshit Rana

The 22-year-old fast bowler has been suspended for one match and fined 100% of his match fees following a seemingly innocuous celebration after dismissing Delhi batsman Abishek Porel. Rana’s act, described as a “half-hearted flying kiss” and an “angry send-off,” was deemed a violation by the IPL governing committee.

Rana admitted to the Level 1 offence under Article 2.5 of the Code of Conduct, which pertains to “using gestures of a provocative, insulting, or obscene nature which are directed at a Player, Player Substitute, Umpire, any other Participant in the Match or a spectator during an Indian Premier League Match.”

An official statement from the IPL confirmed the penalty: “Mr Harshit Rana, Bowler, Kolkata Knight Riders has been fined 100 per cent of his match fees and suspended for one match for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during Match 47 of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 against Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on April 29, 2024.”

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Second act of violation for Harshit Rana

This isn’t Rana’s first brush with the Code of Conduct this season. He was previously fined 60% of his match fees for a similar send-off gesture during the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in March.

The suspension means Rana will miss the crucial upcoming match against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Friday, May 3rd. This is a significant blow for the Knight Riders, as Rana has emerged as a vital cog in their bowling attack this season.

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